Go to Video Section

N. American PS prices fall 3 cents in April

AKRON, OHIO — An April price drop for solid polystyrene resin in North America is featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week, we report a big PVC merger in Europe, as well as news of a new player in the plastic additives market.

Published: May 13, 2013 12:29 pm ET
Updated: May 13, 2013 12:36 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — An April price drop for solid polystyrene resin in North America is featured in this week's Material Insights video.

The 3-cent drop for April was tied in to lower prices for benzene feedstock, which dropped 7 percent between March and April. Higher benzene prices for May could lead to higher resin prices or at least cause prices to stabilize, market sources said. North American PS sales also struggled in the first quarter of 2013, falling 2 percent vs. the year-ago period.

A big PVC merger in Europe also is featured in this week's video. Ineos Group and Solvay SA plan to merge their PVC units into a 50-50 joint venture that would have annual sales of about $5.6 billion. The combined firm would rank as one of the world's three largest PVC makers.

The video wraps up with news of a new player in the plastic additives market. Addivant opened its doors on May 1 in Middlebury, Conn. The firm was formed after private equity firm SK Capital bought Chemtura's antioxidant and UV light stabilizer business for about $200 million in late 2012.

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 15, 2015 - September 17, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events