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PET in Latin America - Will High PET Prices Continue?

February 03, 2021 | Javier Rivera

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As we moved into the Q4 2020, outstanding demand of PET in the US has improved the performance of producers in America. Not only in the US and North America, demand of PET in South & Central America remained also exceptionally strong in Q4 2020 due to

  • The end of most of the limitations for industries and people
  • The lack, reduction, or disruptions of recycling activities as collection is done primarily by individuals.
  • The peak season for PET related products in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The need for restocking healthy inventories.
  • The governmental subsidies provided to encourage consumption.
  • The changes in consumption patterns that boosted new products, formats and channels for PET related products.

Most of the reasons continue to justify the high demand for PET related products, and therefore a high operating rate of converters, users and PET producers.

All the PET producers in America are running at high rates. Not only in Argentina, but also PET producers in Mexico, helped by growing exports, are operating their plants at full capacity. Utilization rates of PET units in Brazil are also at unusual and historically high levels. The high PET rates are expected to continue until the beginning of Q2 2021, when turnaround outages in most of the countries have been scheduled.

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