PetroChem Wire: HDPE repro prices higher in September
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
Oct. 9, 2013
Operating problems at polyethylene plants strengthened prime prices in September and began to support some upward momentum in the recycled resin markets.
Offers for October deliveries of prime HDPE were up an average of a nickel per pound over September sales as force majeure declarations tightened supply. In recycled markets, HDPE frac melt pipe mixed color pellet sold around 47-49 cents per pound FOB USEC in late September, up from 43-46 cents per pound in the middle of the month. HDPE frac melt dairy natural pellets were up only marginally on the low end, though, with end-month business reported at 64-67 cents FOB versus 63-67 cents in mid-September. HDPE regrind prices were up an average of 1-2 cents per pound in September. U.S. Gulf spot prime blow mold HDPE rose 5 cents to 75 cents per pound from late August until the end of September.
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