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FRANCE
Slowdown of plastic packaging market / Elipso sees only slight growth in 2018 so far
INJECTION-MOULDED PLASTICS
PP to outpace growth of other polymers / Packaging to remain dominant end-use market
Flexible and rigid packaging manufacturers in France are under some pressure in the current fiscal year. A survey commissioned by industry association Elipso and carried out by Astères... (15.10.2018)
The global market for injection-moulded plastics is set to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 10.9% through 2023 to reach USD 233 bn, according to technology market research... (12.10.2018)
PET TRAYS
Policymakers urged not to set consumption cuts / Call for collection targets
COVESTRO
World-scale MDI facility planned in US / Largest single investment in group's history
The European PET industry is urging policymakers not to impose targets for reducing consumption of PET trays and other PET food containers. This, the PET value chain says, will destroy the... (12.10.2018)
German plastics group Covestro is setting up for a large expansion of MDI production in the US. The company announced plans to build a new 500,000 t/y facility at its manufacturing... (11.10.2018)
FOOD PACKAGING
EU making a move to approve recycling processes for food-contact materials
HEXCEL
Carbon fibre production plant onstream in France / R&D centre for aircraft composites planned in 2019
Ten years have passed since the European Commission published regulation No 282/2008 on the use of recycled plastic materials in food-contact applications. Now, the EC is planning... (10.10.2018)
Hexcel has officially opened its new 150,000 m² production facility for PAN precursors and carbon fibres at Roussillon / France. This follows four years of planning and construction – see... (10.10.2018)
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Price Reports and Announcements
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend October 2018: Still only minor price movements with polyolefins / Significant reductions with styrenics / Limited supply with HDPE and homopolymer PP
15.10.2018
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics September 2018: PA and PBT prices skyrocket / PC substantially drops / Benzene, SM and PX costs move downwards
11.10.2018
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics September 2018: PE and PVC notations fall / Higher influx of imports / Mid-Autumn Festival in third week / Typhoon in Japan impacts propylene supply
10.10.2018
POLYMER PRICES
Russia September 2018: Upward trend continuing / PE particularly hard hit / No relief in sight
10.10.2018
POLYMER PRICES
North America September 2018: Import tariffs imposed by China and US distort markets / Polyolefin prices show mixed picture / Most engineering plastics roll over / Signs that tension is easing with PA 6.6
09.10.2018
POLYMER PRICES
Composites/GRP September 2018: Ortho resins following styrene upswing / Downward movement expected again in October / Demand increasing only sluggishly / Glass fibre products unchanged
08.10.2018
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics September 2018: Upturn largely comes to standstill / Weakness of auto industry clouds producers' prospects / Easing of tension with PMMA / Situation with PA 6.6 and PBT still tense
04.10.2018
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene September 2018: Notations of low-pressure types trend softer / Producers happy with a rollover / Firmer tendency expected in October despite sluggish demand
03.10.2018
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics September 2018: Prices follow increased styrene reference / Full cost transfer in only some cases / Speculation softens hikes / ABS feels import pressure / Discounts foreseeable in October
03.10.2018
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene September 2018: Most suppliers not successful in raising prices / Disappointing demand thwarts ambitions / Compounds hesitant to follow costs / Upward trend persists
03.10.2018
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