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07Oct93 UK: PVC PRODUCTS FACE PRICE INCREASES.

The price of PVC building products is set to rise as manufacturers prepare to pass increased raw material costs on to their customers.European Vinyls Corporation, Europe's biggest producer of PVC resin, last week raised its prices by about 10 per cent to £0.49 a kilogramme for pipe grades and £0.51 a kilogramme for other grades.Durham-based Hydro Polymers, one of Britain's leading producers, has also introduced a 10 per cent increase. Both companies are confident the price rise will stick.But manufacturers of PVC-U windows, doors and pipes fear they might be caught in the middle, unable to absorb a large increase.Ian Stokes, project manager for below-ground pipe products at Marley Extrusions, said: 'We are looking closely at our price structure, but I can't say yet if this price rise will stick. Manufacturers are resisting it.'Martin Foyle, marketing manager at Wavin Building Products, said: 'We fully accept the need to put prices up from time to time, but we cannot absorb this increase.'Bernard Davies, product manager for PVC resins with Hydro Polymers, said the past two years had seen raw materials prices fall from £500 a tonne to £420 a tonne.'This is not a price hike, it's a recovery,' he said. 'Manufacturers are taking it on the chin because they know there's little choice.'He added that Hydro Polymers was hoping to push through another 10 per cent price increase before the end of the year.But Jeremy Dodge, marketing analyst with Marshall Tufflex, said this would be unacceptable.Both EVC and Hydro Polymers said a recent fall in imports had strengthened the European vinyls market. CONSTRUCTION NEWS