The Chinese domestic market for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) likely to continue seeing decline in prices into October, as scheduled plant start-ups of Ningxia Baofeng Energyâ€™s plant will boost supply, with not much upturn in demand, according to industry sources on Wednesday.
Chinaâ€™s PE-PP capacity is due to increase by a total of 600,000 tonnes/year in October, with start-ups of Ningxia Baofeng Energyâ€™s plants in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region. The new PE and PP plants have the same 300,000 tonne/year capacity.
Moreover, in the third quarter alone, China added 900,000 tonnes/year in new PE capacity, and 1.8m tonnes/year of PP capacity, bringing the total PE and PP capacities so far to 14.5m tonnes tonnes/year and 15.5m tonnes/year, respectively.
Some domestic new PE and PP plants which were put into operation in the third quarter of 2014 would also weigh on the market , including Shaanxi Yanchang Chinacoal Yulin Energy & Chemical, China Coal Shaanxi Yulin Energy & Chemical, Maoming Petrochemical and Shijiazhuang Refining & Chemical Co, an eastern-based trader said.
On 23 September PP flat yarn prices stood at CNY10,850-11,100/tonne, down by CNY300/tonne and linear low density PE (LLDPE) film prices for locally produced cargoes were assessed at yuan (CNY) 10,200-10,750/tonne ($1,661-1,751/tonne), down by CNY900-1,000/tonne from a month ago as per the data.
Tight credit conditions in China also continue to weigh down on the domestic market , industry sources said.
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