Production of PE in Mexico has recovered to almost normal level, with normal supply of LDPE but shortage of LLDPE butene and hexane grades for rotomoulding applications due to 20-day maintenance shutdown of swing plant in May
LONDON , June 9, 2014 (ICIS Chemical Business (CBNB Abstracts)) – The production of polyethylene (PE) in Mexico has recovered to almost normal level. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) supply is already normal, but there is still shortage of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) butene and hexane grades for rotomoulding applications, which is attributed to a 20-day maintenance shutdown of a swing plant in May 2014. Despite this, market players do not expect any price reduction in Jun 2014. May 2014 prices in Mexico are $1636-1780/tonne FOT (free on truck) for LDPE; $1432-1625/tonne FOT for LLDPE; $1524-1786/tonne FOT for high density polyethylene (HDPE). A graph shows the changes in prices ($/tonne) of polyethylene (PE) in Mexico, including HDPE for blow moulding, film-grade LDPE and LLDPE butene, from May 2013 to May 2014.