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July 2017 Raw Material Update

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PE resins declined in May and June and have begun to stabilize in July.  

Polypropylene resin prices have given up most of the increases which were passed through in Q1.  Net PP resin prices are higher by $.04 to $.06 / lb. from Q4 of 2016.  Most other reports are indicating much greater price moves.

PET bottle resins moved up modestly in June and July, but certainly not what resin producers had set as objectives.  Input costs are simply not sufficiently supportive given over-supply in the resin market globally.
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