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ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
Polymers growth set to soar worldwide / Revenues to reach nearly USD 9 bn by 2027
BASF / SOLVAY
EU greenlights polyamide deal / Required conditions outlined for the first time
Plastics additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – is starting to make real inroads into commercial end-uses after many years of being confined to either prototyping or short-line... (21.01.2019)
On 18 January 2019, the European Commission's competition authorities gave the approval for the proposed polyamide transaction between BASF and Solvay, conditional on the... (18.01.2019)
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
PVC: Vestolit resumes supply from Marl / Force majeure remains in effect
PLASTICS RECYCLING EUROPE
Processors sceptical about EU targets for recycled materials usage / Quality issues are still main barrier to usage
On 17 January 2019, Vestolit announced that it has restarted its PVC and caustic soda plant at its production site in Marl. It has resumed supply of "all products to the full extent." The... (18.01.2019)
The European plastics processing industry remains sceptical about achieving the EU targets for recyclate usage in new products. Outlined in the EU plastics strategy, the aim is to ensure... (18.01.2019)
PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
Global alliance of 29 companies aims to help manage plastics waste / Commitments totalling over USD 1 bn
UNITED KINGDOM
Brexit deal suffers heavy defeat / Plastics companies concerned about no deal
A global initiative was launched by 29 companies in London / UK on 16 January 2019 to advance solutions that "reduce and eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the... (17.01.2019)
On 15 January 2019, prime minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was clearly defeated, with a 230-vote margin. The UK parliament voted 432 to 202 against her plan. May has spent the past... (16.01.2019)
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Price Reports and Announcements
SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Upward trend on the horizon
22.01.2019
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Recyclate January 2019: Rollover for all types / Prices unlikely to move much until Q2 / Surprisingly strong automotive demand / Situation with base material eases
21.01.2019
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate January 2019: Prices remain stable despite falling virgin material prices / Recycled PET trending up / Demand fuelled by policies to increase recyclate usage in products
18.01.2019
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend January 2019: Notations continue to crumble / Many producers unwilling to factor in cost reductions in full / Stabilisation in sight despite uncertain demand situation
15.01.2019
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics December 2018: Market mostly subdued on weak demand / Prices of feedstocks and polymers all point downwards
14.01.2019
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics December 2018: Most standard polymers head downwards / Demand largely subdued / Plants to shut down in January for Chinese Spring Festival
11.01.2019
INEOS STYROLUTION
Rollover for standard ABS in Europe
11.01.2019
POLYMER PRICES
Russia December 2018: Market remains weak / Prices falling across the board / Stabilisation in January
10.01.2019
POLYMER PRICES
North America December 2018: Downward trend affects nearly all polymers / PA 6.6 again the exception
09.01.2019
POLYMER PRICES
Composites/GRP December 2018: Resins lose more ground on weak demand / Further fall likely as buyers hold back / Glass fibre products slightly softer
08.01.2019
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