VAM market in familiar territory following Harvey

There was a sense of déjà-vu among vinyl acetate monomer market participants in attendance during the annual European Petrochemical Association conference at the end of September/beginning of October. Once month earlier, Hurricane Harvey had roared into the Texas Gulf Coast leading to VAM production outages, force majeure declarations and logistics disruptions across the region.

The message from VAM producers at the EPCA conference centered on their need to initiate sharp price increases in the face of tight supplies (some producers described the market as “critically tight.”) Consumers were unimpressed with the magnitude of announced price increases – more than $200/ton – saying the storm-related disruptions were more likely to cause some short-lived increases and moderate transportation delays.


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