On the production side for June, every resin was down, except low-density polyethylene (.2%) and high-density polyethylene (5.4%). Thermoplastic polyester was down the most (-37.8%), followed by linear low-density polyethylene (-19.6%), ABS (-18.7%), and polystyrene (-15.7%).-Tony Deligio; [email protected]
According to the American Plastics Council''s (Arlington, VA) monthly statistical report on the sale and production of resin in North America, production of thermoplastic resins for June was down year-over-year 5.3%, while sales were up slightly by 1.3%. The largest drop in sales occurred for thermoplastic polyester, which fell 30.4% from 38,806 lb in June 2004 to 27,008 lb in June of this year. Polypropylene (PP) was the biggest gainer, rising 9.3% to 1.7 million lb from 1.5 million lb. PP was also the highest selling resin in terms of total pounds for the month, followed by high-density polyethylene (1.6 million lb), polyvinyl chloride (1.3 million lb), linear low-density polyethylene (1 million lb), and low-density polyethylene (745,432 lb).