LATIN POLYMERS: Buyers in Brazil enter March faced with stable domestic PE pricing for seemingly the first time this year following sharp increases in January and February, sources said, adding that PP pricing will increase Real 150/mt ($46/mt) this week for converters in Sao Paulo. Demand in Brazil is expected to be stable to stronger this week as more players return from extended seasonal vacations and Carnival celebrations last month, with most of the market dealing with reduced stocks, sources said. Availability of low density polyethylene in Brazil is expected to continue improving this week following the restart of a damaged 6,000-mt/month line at Braskem’s Triunfo plant in Rio Grande do Sul, sources said. PVC buyers in Brazil are dealing with a Braskem price increase for March, with a company source pegging the hike at “an average of 7% in March.” Spot PVC import supply from Europe is expected to remain tight in Brazil throughout this month on regional producer outages, sources said. Along South America’s Pacific Coast, buyers are likely to continue seeing little PE availability from the US and Asia, with offers from both regions being deemed unworkable for restocking, leading several importers to opt for smaller “holdover” volumes, sources said. PP availability is expected to improve in Chile in March from Colombia as producers ramp up run rates in the wake of lower feedstock propylene pricing in the US in recent weeks, sources said.