MIDLAND, MICH. — In the latest round of hectic polycarbonate pricing moves, Dow Chemical Co. of Midland will attempt to boost prices for injection molding and extrusion grades of its Calibre-brand PC by 6 cents per pound effective May 1.
The increase is needed because of rising feedstock and manufacturing costs, and investments, the company said.
Dow had attempted to raise prices for those grades by 8 cents per pound in November. The company said that move was successful, but several buyers said they did not see the increases.
Earlier, Dow also had rescinded a 16 cent-per-pound price increase announced for film and sheet PC grades.
Meanwhile, Bayer Corp. of Pittsburgh is working to implement an 8 cent-per-pound increase on extrusion grades of its Makrolon-brand PC, which was effective March 1.
PC market leader GE Plastics of Pittsfield, Mass., has been quiet on the pricing front, with officials saying the firm still is working to pass an 8 cent increase on all Lexan grades of PC. That move was effective Oct. 13.