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In the Spotlight
CHINA
Ban on single-use plastics starting in 2020 / Production of household items containing microbeads to end this year
ITALY
Plastic tax on single-use packaging set to be in effect this year
China has unveiled wide-sweeping plans to tackle its plastics problem, two years after banning Western imports of waste. The news announced by the country’s National Development and Reform... (23.01.2020)
Despite strong industry opposition, the Italian budget law published on 30 December 2019 included the implementation of a tax on single-use plastic products. Initially proposed in a... (23.01.2020)
PLASTIC PACKAGING
EU commissioner Sinkevicius calls for a blanket ban / German and EU converters associations question environmental impact
NESTLE
EUR 2 bn investment plans to hike use of recycled plastics
After various campaigns on the use of plastics initiated by the European Commission, particularly concerning packaging, the new EU environment commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevičius,... (22.01.2020)
Swiss food and drink conglomerate Nestlé has announced plans to invest up to CHF 2 bn to increase its use of recycled plastics. The move builds on its 2018 commitment to make 100% of its... (22.01.2020)
WORLD TRADE
US and China sign agreement in trade conflict / Import duties still in place
VICTREX
JV with Yingkou Xingfu to build PEEK plant in China
Following the partial agreement in the trade dispute between the US and China, key problems in the conflict still remain unresolved. On 15 January 2020 in Washington, D.C., US president... (21.01.2020)
UK high-performance polymers producer Victrex is to build a new PEEK polymer manufacturing plant in Liaoning / China in partnership with Chinese speciality chemicals producer Yingkou... (21.01.2020)
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Price Reports and Announcements
BASF
Price hike for caprolactam and PA 6 in EMEA
24.01.2020
DSM
Price increase for PA 6 in Europe
24.01.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane Feedstocks January 2020: Isocyanates down another notch / Weak demand pressures producers' margins / Slack ordering melts MDI and TDI oversupply
22.01.2020
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
PP trending stronger, PE grades largely stable
21.01.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Recyclate January 2020: Poor demand leads to rollovers everywhere / Prices may have bottomed out in many cases / PA 6.6 recyclate unlikely to escape reductions
21.01.2020
CELANESE
Global price hikes for vinyl Acetate monomer
20.01.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate January 2020: Downtrend in prices continues / Only rPP and rPS remain stable / Pressure from virgin materials / Demand to pick up in February / Widely stabilising prices expected
20.01.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Russia December 2019: Polyolefin notations at lowest levels for the year / Demand very weak in part / PE injection moulding grades and standard PS materials hold their ground / Virtually no recovery in January
16.01.2020
POLYMER PRICES
North America December 2019: Price decline continues / PP down again / Iran conflict and trade war with China to determine developments in the new year / Feedstock costs vary
15.01.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend January 2020: Polyolefins trending just slightly up / Styrenics make up the ground lost in December / Demand picks up only slowly / Selective price increases over the rest of the month
14.01.2020
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