Today, I would like to explain one of most valuable exports such as commodity resins. Accordingly to Britannica.com, commodity resins are plastics that are produced at a high-volume and low-cost for the most common disposable items and durable goods. They are represented chiefly by polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, and polystyrene. Based on chemical composition, these type of plastics are made up of polymers that have only linear carbon atoms in their backbone chains. Based on their behavior, these plastics are classified as thermoplastics capable of being molded and remolded repeatedly. Their essential feature is separability and consequent mobility.
The use of plastics as you imagine is seen in our everyday life in things and objects we see and touch. Developed technology and chemical processes are able to combine plastics with certain additives, such as plasticizers, colorants, reinforcements and stabilizers in order to achieve appropriate products. The processing and fabrication of plastics industry, as an example, would be conversion of plastics pellets into films or the conversion of films into food containers.
ThePlasticsExchange.com reports that this market is fairly volatile as its pricing and trading went from amongst its slowest weeks, shortened by the Thanksgiving holiday, directly to best, highest volume week of the year. The Polyethylene and Polypropylene market was quite busy these past weeks and that triggered spot material supply resins to remain available and prices to fall. Export demand is steadily incremental as the buyers are tapping on spot market where resin contracts were down from 3 to 6 cents per lb. Situation created has placed pricing power firmly in the hands of buyers.
Expectations are that December with be a steady month in export demand for resin and if these levels persist further we might experience production problems in these first raw materials.