Polyethylene (PE) Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Polyethylene in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

For the First Half of 2022

The first half of 2022 saw a decline in polyethylene prices as a result of sluggish demand and increased supplier stocks. Polyethylene prices in May generally increased by 3 cents/lb, while June prices were on a flat to lower trajectory.

Suppliers revised and delayed their price increases, generally asking for 3 cents/lb in June owing to decreased demand. In the meantime, both domestic spot pricing and export prices decreased, local prices fell by 5 to 10 cents per pound while export prices fell by 10 cents per pound.

Procurement Resource provides latest prices of Polyethylene (PE). Each price database is tied to a user-friendly graphing tool dating back to 2014, which provides a range of functionalities: configuration of price series over user defined time period; comparison of product movements across countries; customisation of price currencies and unit; extraction of price data as excel files to be used offline.

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Polyethylene (PE), a synthetic thermoplastic resin, is produced from ethylene and is the one of the most common plastic type. Its is primarily utilised in packaging and production of plastic bags, plastic films, geomembranes, containers including bottles, etc. It is a combination of similar polymers of ethylene with various values of n. Its branched versions are called as low-density polyethylene (LDPE) while its linear versions are called high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE).

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Polyethylene (PE)
Industrial Uses Plastic containers, Plastic bottles, Plastic films, Bags
Chemical Formula (C2H4)n
Synonyms 9002-88-4, Polyethene, poly(methylene)
Supplier Database Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Exxon Mobil Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), PetroChina Company Limited, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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Production Process

  • Production of Polyethylene (PE) via Polymerisation

Polyethylene is produced from ethylene through its polymerisation. As ethylene is a stable compound, it polymerises only upon its contact with a catalyst. This conversion is highly exothermic and finally produces Polyethylene.


The displayed pricing data is derived through weighted average purchase price, including contract and spot transactions at the specified locations unless otherwise stated. The information provided comes from the compilation and processing of commercial data officially reported for each nation (i.e. government agencies, external trade bodies, and industry publications).

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