ACC’s 2012 Resin Stats

WASHINGTON D.C. — The American Chemistry Council reported the 2012 calendar year results for resin production and sales statistics on Monday.

According to the ACC, sales and internal use of major plastic resins totaled 6.4 billion pounds for December 2012, 1.8 percent less than the same time last year.  While sales and internal use showed an increase of 1.3 percent to 75.4 billion pounds for the calendar year.

PVC had a sales growth of 5.7 percent, leading the way in commodity resins for this year, with HDPE in second place with a 2.2 percent sales growth.

Polypropylene and LDPE had less than a 1 percent sales growth, due primarily to a large drop in export sales.

The Polystyrene market continues and is predicted to continue struggling in 2013 with bottles, caps and fixtures sales down.

According to the ACC, Polystrene and LLDPE sales dropped 1.7 percent in U.S. & Canada, with Mexico down 3.5 percent.

Linear Low Density Polyethylene was up 4 percent for sales domestically, but not without a 17 percent fall for exported sales.


Highest volume of domestic sales:

1)      HDPE: 17.6 billion pounds

2)      PP: 16.5 billion pounds

3)      PVC: 15.3 billion pounds

4)      LLDPE: 13.3 billion pounds

5)      LDPE: 6.8 billion pounds

6)      PS: 4.5 billion pounds


Up-to-date pricing for commodities can be viewed in the Muehlstein Market Intelligence section.

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