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PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
Fluoropolymer intermediate PFOA added to Stockholm Convention POP list / Non-member US is pursuing action independently
CHINA
Plans to add major new PP capacities in the next two years / Significant reduction of import dependency expected
A UN conference held from 29 April to 10 May 2019 in Geneva / Switzerland unanimously voted to add perfluorooctanoic acid, its salts and related compounds to the list of substances to be... (24.05.2019)
China’s polypropylene production capacity is projected to increase more than 7.5m t/y from 2019 to 2020, which is a significant addition to the country's current total capacity of... (23.05.2019)
EU PLASTICS STRATEGY
Formal adoption of single-use plastics directive by European Council
CHINAPLAS
Start of Asia's largest plastics trade fair / More than 3,600 exhibitors in Guangzhou
On 21 May 2019, the European Council formally adopted a directive that will ban certain single-use plastic items. The adoption of the new rules is the final step in the procedure. Many... (23.05.2019)
"Chinaplas" has opened its gates. Around 3,615 exhibitors are presenting their machinery, raw materials and services at what is the largest plastics trade show in Asia and the world's... (22.05.2019)
EDITORIAL
The participants at the “European Youth Debating Competition” are well ahead of some adults
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Styrene: Explosion disrupts Hanwha Total's production in South Korea
What could a future with plastics and petrochemicals look like? This was the question posed by the organisers of the German final of the “European Youth Debating Competition”, namely... (22.05.2019)
A gas tank explosion at Hanwha Total Petrochemicals' styrenics plant reportedly brought production in Daesan to a standstill on 18 May 2019. The site has had restrictions for weeks... (21.05.2019)
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Price Reports and Announcements
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane Feedstocks May 2019: Isocyanate price movements uneven / Demand disappointing / Headwinds for MDI hikes / Little change likely in June
24.05.2019
STEPAN
Polyol price hike in Europe
23.05.2019
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Temporary easing in May after uplift
21.05.2019
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Recyclate May 2019: Secondary market quiet / Recycled PP compounds an exception / Demand improves slowly / Little change likely in June
20.05.2019
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate May 2019: Increasing prices predominate / Only opaque grades and rPET remain in rollover / Demand driven by virgin materials and seasonal effects / Further hikes to also predominate in June
17.05.2019
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend May 2019: Producers' hopes of significant margin gains are not fulfilled / Demand remains too subdued for large increases
14.05.2019
POLYMER PRICES
North America April 2019: Polyolefins tend sideways to firmer / PVC affected by weak demand / PS moves in line with rising costs / Most engineering plastics roll over / Tension eases with PA 6.6
14.05.2019
POLYMER PRICES
Russia April 2019: Continuing subdued demand results in largely stagnating notations / No substantial change in sight
13.05.2019
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics April 2019: Most notations decrease / PC, PA 6.6 and PMMA pointing downwards in May
10.05.2019
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics April 2019: PVC shoots upward / Deadly explosion in Inner Mongolia and safety inspections at plants / Higher prices of imported PP and HDPE
09.05.2019
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