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Market Update, 4-11-17

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Ernest Spinner

The attached article in the most recent Pine Chemical Review nicely reviews how China has lost its dominant position in the gum rosin world. Basically, erratic pricing that was disconnected from market forces, along with increasing labor cost pressures, caused lost share to alternate gum rosin sources as well as to other chemistries. Nothing really […]

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Rosin Market Update, 2-20-17

Posted on February 21, 2017 by Ernest Spinner

The plants are back up after the Lunar New Year holiday & the rosin plants are trying to push the price up. With last year’s total production of Chinese gum rosin expected to have fallen to @ ~440K mts., & rosin imports into China last year up 96% (!) to 45K mts., (Indonesia 19K, Brazil […]

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Rosin Market Update

Posted on December 5, 2016 by Ernest Spinner

The price of Chinese gum rosin has been increasing over the past few weeks, which is not surprising in view of the end of the crop year.  What is notable however, is the gap between the price of Chinese gum rosin & the much lower price of Chinese hydrocarbon resins has reached a new yearly […]

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Rosin Market Update, 7-18-16

Posted on July 18, 2016 by Ernest Spinner

Chinese gum rosin prices hit a new multi-year low last week at $1700/mt.  The last time prices were this low was in October of 2012. The interesting thing about the decline is the commentary coming from China re low downstream demand for the derivatives, lots of stock while the new crop is in full production, […]

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Rosin Market Update, 4-16-16

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Ernest Spinner

No updates for the past several weeks because there has been almost no price movement. But if nothing else, we can find some unintended insight in a report from China:   “Most gum rosin plants still tend to quote firm and hold back stock this week in expectation of price raise especially in South China […]

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Rosin Market Update, 3-7-16

Posted on March 7, 2016 by Ernest Spinner

Slight uptick in price – just noise. The decade long decline in Chinese gum rosin production is highly likely to continue. This trend is now being discussed as a reason for prices stabilizing at about the current level: the current crop is over, next year’s crop will be lower, therefore price stability. Perhaps. As an […]

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Rosin Market Update, 2-29-16

Posted on February 29, 2016 by Ernest Spinner

Another modest uptick, with the stated reasons being we are approaching the end of the 2015-16 crop, plus even with the continuing reduction in total annual output, they are finding fewer workers willing to go into the forests to collect crude gum at the current wage rate. Offsetting this is the continued decline in hydrocarbon […]

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Rosin Market Update, 9-14-15

Posted on September 14, 2015 by Ernest Spinner

Slight uptick. Don’t expect the downward trend to reverse. The most interesting statistic of the week is the for the first time, exports of gum rosin from Brazil in July exceeded those from China. Considering that from 2000 – 2012 the ratio was ~ 8/1 China exports/Brazil exports this is really quite a fall. This […]

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Rosin Market Update, 6-29-15

Posted on June 29, 2015 by Ernest Spinner

Slight upward pressure from bad weather & higher production costs for the beginning new crop.  If higher production costs will put a higher floor under the price of Chinese gum rosin, China will continue to lose share.  Other countries are having no problem getting their rosins qualified & sold into China at lower prices. Gum […]

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Rosin Market Update, 3-15-2015

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Ernest Spinner

In the continuing saga of Chinese rosin pricing disconnect from market realities, the price rose a bit last week.  However, that just drove more derivative plants to increase their imports of Vietnamese rosin.  Pinus massoniana grows on both sides of the China-Vietnamese border & there are good rosin plants in Vietnam with lower labor costs. […]

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