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GLOBAL TRADE
Decline in proportion of goods traded across borders / Rubber and plastics trade intensity falls to 22.8%
TITANIUM DIOXIDE
Jury remains out on EU's carcinogen classification / German plastics industry sees “no reason” for stricter rules
Although output and trade continue to increase in absolute terms, the proportion of goods traded in almost every value chain, including plastics and rubber, is declining, according to a... (21.03.2019)
Amid the EU’s as yet unsuccessful efforts to deal with the threat to health potentially posed by titanium dioxide, the plastics industry continues to be concerned over whether one of its... (21.03.2019)
PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
Coca-Cola and other major brands disclose plastic packaging production figures / Businesses across value chain commit to reducing plastics waste
SHALE GAS
UK fracking permits can consider climate change / Key aspects of rules “unlawful”
Coca-Cola has revealed that it produces 3m t of plastic packaging a year, ending its secrecy over packaging in a report published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with... (20.03.2019)
Local councils in England seeking to deny permits for shale gas exploration on environmental grounds have not had the best cards up to now, as the national planning authority has... (19.03.2019)
POLYESTER MARKETS
India's Haldia plans large complex for feedstocks PX and PTA / USD 4 bn investments
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Shell to face charges over Moerdijk blast and EO leak / First hearing in May 2019
India’s Odisha state has approved plans by Haldia Petrochemicals, to build an integrated refinery with an associated aromatics complex at Balasore, near the Subarnarekha Port project of... (18.03.2019)
Shell Nederland Chemie, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, is facing charges over an explosion that occurred at its Moerdijk complex on 3 June 2014 – see PIEWeb of 04.06.2014. Separately... (18.03.2019)
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Price Reports and Announcements
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane Feedstocks March 2019: Polymeric MDI downswing bottoms out / Pure MDI and TDI plunge / Weak automotive sector to add pressure in April
22.03.2019
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Recyclate March 2019: Weak volume calls from automotive industry depress prices / Some further discounts in April
20.03.2019
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Upward trend in olefins pushing up polymers
19.03.2019
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate March 2019: Prices largely remain at previous month's level / Only small hikes on individual grades / Recyclers aim to catch up on missed price increases
19.03.2019
POLYMER PRICES
North America February 2019: Most markets in a rollover / Producers unable to push through hikes for PE, PVC or PS / PP still weak / Engineering plastics prices stable / Increases expected in March
14.03.2019
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend March 2019: Producers hope for improvement in margins following C2 cost increase / PE and PVC consumers respond by holding back on buying / Subdued demand caps PP increases / Styrenics firmer
13.03.2019
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics February 2019: Weak market on Chinese New Year holidays / Feedstocks register slight increases / Small fluctuations in polymer prices
13.03.2019
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics February 2019: Impacts from Chinese New Year holidays / Most polymer prices fall / HDPE for injection moulding and PET increase / Market unlikely to recover in March
12.03.2019
ASHLAND
Price increase for laminating adhesives
12.03.2019
POLYMER PRICES
Russia February 2019: Polyolefins generally giving way / Demand remains rather weak
08.03.2019
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