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London Metal Exchange to delist plastics contracts

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The London Metal Exchange will delist its plastics contracts and the last prompt date for all existing contracts will be 29 April 2011.

The formal decision to delist was taken by the board of the London Metal Exchange following a recommendation by the executive committee.
The exchange has decided that the costs of withdrawing outstanding warrants from the LMEsword depository will be waived. Current open interest for all plastics contracts is 228 lots, out to March 2011.
Plastics futures trading was introduced on the LME on 27 May 2005. Despite a number of changes to the contracts and the subsequent launch of regional contracts, no significant volume or open interest has been established and the exchange believes that this position is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. It has therefore decided to focus its efforts and resources on other opportunities.
LME chief executive Martin Abbott says: “The exchange and its committee members have put considerable effort into this endeavour to bring transparency and hedging facilities to the plastic business. But we must now recognise that these efforts have not attracted sufficient volume of business and the time has come to bring this activity to a close.”

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