Polyester Chain: A short and dull week for polyester
Dated- 09 Apr , 2012 - Global
Ethylene prices remained flat amid thin spot trading activity as major markets were closed for a major part of the week. China was on holiday Monday to Wednesday, while Taiwan was closed Wednesday. The US spot was mostly steady while European contract steam cracker margins for April turned positive following the increase in the ethylene April contract price. Paraxylene was cheaper in Asia and US on thin trading amid tight supply.
Mono ethylene glycol prices sank in Asian markets, hit by weak polyester market and high inventories. Trading was weak after the Tomb-sweeping Day holiday in China, but MEG market tends to hold stable at low prices. Purified terephthalic acid markets were dull and prices declined on thin trading amid hard to improve downstream polyester markets. In Europe, the market for PTA in NW Europe appeared set to move from balanced to long in the coming months as Artlant PTA announced it had begun delivering PTA from its in Sines, Portugal.
Polyester chip markets in Asia remained under flat correction as feedstock, PTA and MEG prices showed sluggish trend, but were seen picking up later in the truncated week. The markets were more active supported by post-holiday small-volume restocking activities. Asian polyester filament yarn markets were lusterless and prices remained range bound with some POY and FDY specs seeing a marginal fall. Overall PFY markets were stable in general, with discounts in large deals. Similarly, polyester staple fibre markets in Asia were also largely range bound this week, with discussions for discounts common across trades. Downstream yarn makers continued to buy as needed mainly on the back of sluggish yarn liquidity resulting from weak terminal demand.