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Up-to-date information on the coronavirus situation
The coronavirus pandemic has created much uncertainty. Our everyday lives are constantly changing, and this makes it difficult to plan with any certainty. In order to help you keep track of the rapidly evolving events across the globe during these dynamic times, you can find an overview of the most important information on our website.

We are continuously compiling the most important news of the day and keeping you up to date on the industry's event dates via our events listing.

In addition, we will inform you through our customer notification how PIE – Plastics Information Europe is handling the current situation.
In the Spotlight
WORLD TRADE
US polyethylene exports started 2020 on a strong note / LLDPE exports at all-time high in January
LOGISTICS
EU guidance for implementing “green lanes” to ease internal transport of goods / Major disruptions at some borders due to Covid-19
Just as the easing trade tensions between the US and China as well as the hope for a soft Brexit provided a silver lining for the world economy, and as European plastics processors showed... (27.03.2020)
The European Commission on 23 March 2020 issued a practical guidance to ensure a steady flow of goods across the EU amid the coronavirus pandemic and severe disruptions on mobility. The... (26.03.2020)
UPDATE - ITALY
Manufacturing of plastic products and machinery can continue / Conte and eight EU heads ask for coordination in Europe during "unprecedented shock"
EVENTS
Postponements or cancellations due to coronavirus pandemic – PIE events list for the plastics industry
Prime minister Giuseppe Conte released a decree on 22 March 2020 that introduces further country-wide measures to contain and manage the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19, including... (26.03.2020)
Dear readers,We are all to a subject to new restrictions for social distancing within companies and between families and friends. The plastics industry is likewise dealing with its own... (25.03.2020)
PLASTICS INDUSTRY UK
Significant downside anticipated from coronavirus in coming months / Packaging companies see rise in demand
ECHA
Extension of REACH compliance deadlines during coronavirus situation / Aid in securing disinfectant supply promised
The UK plastics industry is anticipating a major impact on its business from the current coronavirus pandemic. According to the British Plastics Federation’s “Survey on the Effects... (25.03.2020)
Together with the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency is taking steps to alleviate some of the most pressing problems facing chemicals-related sectors as the coronavirus... (24.03.2020)
Latest News
Price Reports and Announcements
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane feedstocks March 2020: First signs of hoarding push isocyanates higher / Polyols' rise strongest in recent memory / Sales to consumer sectors may slow or collapse due to coronavirus
23.03.2020
COVESTRO
Price increases for polycarbonate and PC blends in EMEA
20.03.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering recyclate March 2020: Reductions only for recycled polyamide 6.6 GF and polycarbonate / Supply plentiful / Wide-ranging price cuts expected in April / Fall in virgin material prices and coronavirus-related slump in demand
19.03.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Standard recyclate March 2020: Recycled polyolefins yield noticeably / PET supply situation precarious / Demand picks up only slowly / Discounts predominate in March
18.03.2020
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Polyethylene grades plummet, polypropylene materials erode / Continuation in April
17.03.2020
BASF
Price hikes for PU and polyester resin intermediates in Europe
17.03.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Russia February 2020: Majority of grades trending downward / PE film grades and PP injection moulding materials react to pickup in demand / Order activity weak / Mixed outlook for March
16.03.2020
ASHLAND
Price increases for BDO and derivatives in Europe
16.03.2020
POLYMER PRICES
China engineering thermoplastics February 2020: Coronavirus outbreak impacts plastics and other sectors / Subdued market and lower prices for most polymer grades / Downtrend in notations to continue in March
13.03.2020
POLYMER PRICES
North America February 2020: PE prices move sideways at a low level / PP downtrend loses speed and PVC moves up / Engineering plastics unchanged / Coronavirus dampens demand worldwide / No sudden price hikes expected
13.03.2020
Readers' Choice
PLASTICS PROCESSING
Economic consequences of Covid-19 to peak in next six weeks / Advice to converters – continue production at full speed, then stop / Germany's ArGeZ sees technical parts manufacturing halting between end of March and end of April
23.03.2020
LOGISTICS
Considerable delivery delays due to coronavirus pandemic / "Rotation has been disrupted" / Ships piling up at Chinese ports / Cargo rates collapsing / Situation not expected to normalise until after summer
19.03.2020
AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
European and US vehicle production shutting down due to Covid-19 / Car giants dealing with supply disruptions and plummeting demand
20.03.2020
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Polycarbonate: Covestro declares force majeure at Northern Italian site in Filago / Production suspended due to coronavirus
20.03.2020
ITALY
Nationwide lockdown abruptly halts activity / Domo's PA 6 production still running / FCA shuts down Italian, Polish and Serbian production sites / Aid for SMEs affected by Covid-19
17.03.2020
SINGLE-USE PLASTICS
Will the coronavirus pandemic turn the tide back to disposables? / US moves away from plastic bans / Industry will face “major challenges” in the aftermath
27.03.2020
UPDATE - ITALY
Manufacturing of plastic products and machinery can continue / Conte and eight EU heads ask for coordination in Europe during "unprecedented shock"
26.03.2020
AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY
ContiTech declares force majeure at its sites in all countries affected by Covid-19 / Akwel halts or reduces production
23.03.2020
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