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Market Update

November 2022

Producers suffering from the low demand continued to reduce operating rates, a trend that has now been in place for months. Some plants, if not already done so, could soon be on the brink of shutting down.

Producers suffering from the low demand continued to reduce operating rates, a trend that has now been in place for months. Some plants, if not already done so, could soon be on the brink of shutting down.

The market is technically oversupplied, but the high energy costs create obstacles to reach agreements during negotiations. Buyers experiencing an increasingly competitive environment are seeking cheaper alternatives in other regions, mainly Asia.

The poor demand in China is slowing exports to the country and is also fuelling discussions with an increasing number of suppliers in the country. Shipping volumes from Asia is less costly as freight rates retreated to pre-pandemic levels, but lead times remain long.

Nonetheless, some of the lowest offers heard from multiple sources were very attractive at just below €2300/mt DDP for extrusion grade.

As importers target big volumes accounts, namely the extrusion market, it worsens the situation for domestic suppliers. This is especially pertinent in a downturn cycle when the extrusion sector is needed to absorb the supply surplus.

The market update is an exerpt fromt the monthly report.

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