European PVC Market Shows Resilience Amidst Logistics Disruptions for February 2024
European PVC Market Shows Resilience Amidst Logistics Disruptions for February 2024

European PVC Market Shows Resilience Amidst Logistics Disruptions for February 2024

  • 22-Feb-2024 4:31 PM
  • Journalist: Jacob Kutchner

In February 2024, the European PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) market demonstrated stability for the second consecutive month, despite facing challenges such as logistics disruptions and surging freight rates linked to the Red Sea turmoil. The PVC pricing trend remained steady as the balanced regional demand and supply chain disruptions prevented any margin recovery for this timeframe. PVC market players express concerns about the potential ripple effects of Red Sea diversions, impacting imports and contributing to elevated global ocean freight rates across the Eurozone.

In the European region, the weak demand conditions have deterred suppliers from seeking price increases, resulting in prices stabilizing at a lower end. PVC Producers aim to avoid further margin erosion, and spot PVC K67-68 prices have experienced a continuous downward trend for over one and a half years. Prices in West Europe have even dipped below pre-pandemic levels in some instances. Despite adjustments to cope with higher energy costs in Europe, the supply-demand imbalance persists due to a demand collapse amid high-interest rates throughout 2023. Presently, sellers report balanced PVC supplies with slow demand, particularly in construction applications like cables, pipes, and window profiles. Further, market participants eagerly await the European Central Bank's rate decision, with some expressing more optimistic comments compared to the previous year. Despite the challenging market conditions, regional suppliers contemplate margin recovery when downstream market fundamentals improve, planning potential PVC price hikes in March.

From the supply perspective, the US PVC shipments face delays due to higher FAS Houston prices, Red Sea attack repercussions, and buyer hesitancy amid ongoing probes. Sellers await European guidance before offering US material, projecting higher costs despite lower production expenses in the US. Whereas, Asian PVC supplies experience disruptions with shipment backlogs and longer transit times. Offers from Taiwan are scarce, and en-route volumes face delays. Local sellers benefit from lower import availability, supporting their position in the market.

As per the ChemAnalyst, the PVC prices are likely to exhibit volatility based on the availability of stocks and need-driven demand in the Eurozone. The European PVC market is expected to navigate challenges with flexibility, as the regional industry players assess the impact of global events on pricing, supply chains, and potential market changes for PVC in the coming months. Import costs are anticipated to rise, accompanied by disrupted supply chains and strengthening in other major global markets. Discussions follow on whether these factors will reshape PVC supply-demand dynamics in the coming month.

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