Prime Acrylic PMMA Prices to increase in February 2010

We are already seeing the price of Acrylic (PMMA) scrap going up by about $.03-$.04/lb in advance of the announced February 2010 price increase for prime PMMA sheet and pellets. Based on the price of MMA continuing to go up in the first quarter of 2010, the price of prime acrylic sheet and PMMA pellets will go up by 5-7% by mid-February. And do not be surprised if there is not another MMA price increase at the beginning of the second quarter of this year as well. MMA feedstock prices keep going up, so I expect to see the price of prime PMMA continue to rise in the first half of 2010.

Acrylic scrap supply in the USA is still tight due to our continued sluggish automobile and housing markets. Most of the major PMMA polymer producers are still running at plant utilization rates lower than what they were producing before the market correction at the end of 2008. This is why we see less PMMA scrap in the market that is available for recycling and MMA monomer recovery. Although business does seem to be picking up, and almost all of the PMMA polymers producers are starting to see slight increases in demand for their finished pellets and sheet. So maybe we will start to see a little more PMMA scrap entering the recycle stream from the USA, as we start see some recovery in the automobile and housing sectors.

The price for both Nylon 66 (PA 66) and Nylon 6 (PA 6) scrap is going up on February 1st. I think Nylon 6 scrap will see the greatest price adjustment, because prime PA 6 has seen the largest price increase since the first of the year ($0.24/lb). Do not be surprised if you see the price of wide specification (off grade) PA 6 pellets rise by $0.08-$0.14/lb. in February 2010. I think both of the largest USA PA 6 producers are trying hard to push through the same price increases for second quality pellets as they have announced for prime PA 6 resin.

The price of Nylon 66 scrap continues to go up on a monthly basis, and we have seen all of PA 66 materials increase in price between $.05-$.07/lb that have been purchased for February shipment. The price for PA 66 wide spec bright pellets and bright fiber bales increased the most this month, and all PA 66 base polymer pellets, baled fibers and lump/chunk regrind prices are up again in February as well.

Here are some of the other material price increases that the market has seen in 2010.
ABS / SAN Price was up $.12/lb in January, $.05/lb increase announced for Feb 1st.
Styrene Price was up $.10/lb in January, $.05/lb increase announced for Feb 1st.
Polycarbonate After the announced February price increase, it will be up in price by $.15/lb. since the start of 2010.

Dualloy sells the following types of Acrylic (PMMA) sheet / scrap.
Acrylic PMMA – Clear / White (segregated) lumps / chunks for crackback
Acrylic PMMA – Q1 / Q2 Clear / White / Green Extruded Sheet
Acrylic PMMA – Clear / White extruded sheet trim scrap

Dualloy Sells the following types of plastic resins and polymers.
Nylon 66 – PA 66 Wide Specification Pellets, Baled Fibers, Regrinds
Nylon 6 – PA6 Prime Pellets, wide specification pellets, plant scrap
ABS, SAN, GPPS Wide Specification Pellets, GPPS / SAN Devol Pellets
SBS, SEBS, SIBS Second Quality Pellets, Aged/Obsolete Inventory

Dualloy purchases/sells plastic resin and polymers in the following forms.
Aged/Obsolete Virgin Pellets
Wide-Specification Pellets
Clean uniform Plastic Regrinds
Reactor Lumps/Chunks/Patties
Nylon Fiber Bales

Dualloy has the following Nylon 66 (PA66) materials available for sale:
Nylon 66 Semi Dull Wide Spec Pellets
Nylon 66 Dull Second Quality Pellets
Nylon 66 Textile Bright Pellets
Nylon 66 Pellets w/ up to 0.02% TiO2
Nylon 66 Mixed Color Regrind
Nylon 66 Bright / Semi Dull / Dull Baled Fibers
Prime Nylon 6 Pellets 2.7 RV – Natural
Packaged in 1,500# boxes

Nylon 6 Wide Spec Chips – High Residual Monomer
Mixed Grades / Mixed RV’s 2.4 – 5.0
May have up to 10% residual monomer
Will contain pellets with TiO2
May have blue/green HS pellets present

PA6 Unpelletized Chopped Strands – High Residual Monomer
Mixed Grades / Mixed RV’s 2.4 – 5.0
May have up to 10%-12% residual monomer
Will contain pellets with TiO2

Prime ABS Natural Pellets
3.5 Melt / 4 Izod – Low Gloss

ABS Natural Wide Specification Pellets
4 Melt / 7 Izod – High Gloss

ABS Black Pellets
5 Melt / 4 Izod

Prime SAN Pellets
8 Melt Crystone

SAN Devol Pellets
Blue Color

GPPS Devol Pellets
Mixed Color for Black

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