With immediate effect or as soon as contracts allow, Arkema will increase the prices of its Durastrength® acrylic impact modifiers and its Plastistrength® processing aids. Increases will range typically from 5 % to 10 %, depending on grades and current prices and are dictated by recent movements on main raw materials.
Arkema also plans to streamline its product line over 2015 to reduce complexity for customers and for Arkema. In this view, Arkema Sales and technical organization will contact customers directly regarding specific initiatives affected by these actions.
“These actions are critical to supporting reinvestment economics in a market characterized by its volatility, its competitiveness and constant need for innovation”, said Stéphane Guinot, Arkema Plastic Additives Business Director. “We remain steadfast in our drive to improve service levels, accelerate productivity gains and maintain our innovation pace that benefit our customers.”
Arkema’s Plastistrength® processing aids help the processing of PVC by promoting fusion, improving melt strength, eliminating surface defects and decreasing plate out. They also enhance formulation metal release properties in extrusion and calendering applications while offering improved cost performance versus traditional lubricant packages.
Durastrength® acrylic impact modifiers are designed to deliver optimum cost and performance in rigid and flexible PVC applications for window profiles, siding, fence, deck, pipe and injection molding applications.