Go to Video Section

PC prices rise as nylon falls

AKRON, OHIO — North American price changes for polycarbonate and nylon 6 and 6/6 resins are featured in this week's video. Also, we report on full-year 2012 financial results from four material firms, as well as news that PMC Group has bought a plastic additives business from Dow Chemical Co.

Published: February 4, 2013 1:07 pm ET
Updated: February 4, 2013 1:45 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — North American price changes for polycarbonate and nylon 6 and 6/6 resins are featured in this week's Material Insights video.

Average selling prices for PC resin in the region increased about 3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. Decreased supplies from maintenance shutdowns and higher benzene feedstock prices played a role in the move. Nylon 6 and 6/6 prices each fell about 3 percent as oversupply and decreased exports trumped stronger auto-related demand.

Full-year 2012 financial results from four material firms also are featured in this week's video. Plastic-related sales and pretax profit fell at Dow Chemical Co., while similar sales were down — but operating income was up — at DuPont and Celanese. Omnova Solution Inc.'s results were up in most plastic-related areas, as the firm posted an overall $28 million profit after losing $3 million in 2011.

The video wraps up with news that PMC Group has bought a plastic additives business from Dow for an undisclosed price. The business includes organic polymer stabilizers and polymer lubricants. PMC also had bought a plastic additives business from Arkema Inc. in late 2012.

Market Reports

Market Data Book - Rankings & Lists

A one-stop download of Plastic News' exclusive annual lists and processor rankings containing essential data including sales, employees, end markets, materials and more.
EXCLUSIVE EXCEL FEATURE: full mailing address details for available plant locations.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report provides analysis and discussions of economic and political conditions, market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies. In addition, there are reviews of 25 leading thermoformers in the packaging segment, assessing their growth initiatives and performance metrics over 10 years.

Learn more

Mold Making and Tooling Review and Outlook 2014 North America

This report provides in-depth analysis of the mold and toolmaking market for North America, including discussions of trends, opportunities, threats, the latest developments in production and labor and equipment trends impacting moldmakers.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

May 6, 2014 - May 8, 2014Plastics in Medical Devices 2014

May 12, 2014 - May 12, 2014Plastics News Brazil Pharma Summit

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

February 3, 2015 - February 7, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events