Supply constraints in the last quarter of 2016 led to a sharp increase in plasticisers prices in West Europe and at last plasticisers producers have been able to improve margins over raw materials, whether this improvement is temporary or can be sustained in the long term remains to be seen. The price uptrend has continued into the New Year but as supply has improved, for the most part, prices are now following the raw materials trend.
In North America, after several months of preliminary antidumping duty investigation of imports of DOTP from South Korea into the US, the Department of Commerce has found that antidumping has occurred and is scheduled to announce its final determination in June 2017. However, the investigation itself has already had an impact in imports from South Korea into the US, which have recorded a sharp drop in the second half of the year.
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