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North American resin sales/production remains flat

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).

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]

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