The 25% Chinese tariffs on high-density polyethylene (PE) and linear-low-density PE, which are scheduled to be implemented on Aug. 23, have really begun to disrupt the market, particularly in Houston, the major resin export hub.
Milliken and Co. (Spartanburg, SC) is featured in the first installment of a series centered on a proliferation of polyethylene and polypropylene resin and additive products for packaging from major suppliers.
A major fire broke out on July 15 at the Altamira, Mexico, PTA plant of chemicals manufacturer Alpek (San Pedro Garza García, Mexico). The conflagration could have a significant impact on PET resin production.
Some traders began lowering asking prices trying to thin out inventories in preparation for retaliatory tariffs taking hold—material that would normally be exported to China would suddenly become 25% more expensive, thus crushing demand.