21 February 2017
21 February 2017
AOC has increased the price for all products and all orders shipped on or after 4th March 2017 by $0.07/lb. in the US, and CND $0.20/Kg in Canada, including list prices.
According to AOC, this increase is in part the result of the styrene shortage gripping the North American market which is of a magnitude and duration not seen in many years. The rapidly escalating styrene prices are being compounded by continued increases in other key raw materials such as maleic anhydride, phthalic anhydride, glycols and TiO2, among others, thus requiring this increase.
On styrene, AOC explains that the extended shutdowns at Sabic (styrene Force Majeure declared) and Americas Styrenics represent a loss of approximately 20% of the North American styrene capacity at a time when demand for styrene, especially polystyrene, is very strong. Moreover, the planned shutdown at Styrolution (March) and Lyondell’s styrene production loss (February) only exacerbate what is already a tenuous styrene market.
AOC says it is currently well positioned to take care of its customers’ needs. However, it is clear that these industry-wide circumstances are fluid and uncertainty remains. AOC is working to minimise the impact on customers and appreciates continued patience and support during this time.
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