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PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Mixed developments with polyolefins
MCDONALD'S
Fast-food chain to end use of PS foam containers by end of 2018 / US shareholder group raises environmental concerns
European polyolefins spot prices remained largely stable in the last days of 2017, as expected. Immediately after the turn of the year, however, PE film materials were slightly up again,... (17.01.2018)
Burger restaurant chain McDonald's has said it aims to phase out the use of polystyrene foam packaging by the end of this year, as a shareholder pressure group called on the firm to... (16.01.2018)
PLASTICS AND HEALTH
PlasticsEurope hails EP's rejection of full BPA food packaging ban / ECHA adds endocrine disruptor to the chemical's SVHC entry
MANAGEMENT
Poor payment behaviour continues in Asia-Pacific / Average payment term fell slightly to 55 days in 2017
After a few months of relative silence, the discussion over the potential hazards of bisphenol A, the chemical used to produce polycarbonate and epoxy resins for can liners, erupted again... (16.01.2018)
Nine out of 10 suppliers surveyed throughout the Asia-Pacific region were affected by late payments of their B2B customers in 2017. Reportedly, 45.4% of the total value of invoices was not... (15.01.2018)
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend January 2018: Prices mainly following reference contracts for relevant feedstocks / Higher swings remain exception
MICROPLASTICS
UK government brings in cosmetics microbeads ban / Move comes as prime minister demands reduction in plastic use and waste
Even if many suppliers would wish it otherwise, the start to 2018 has not brought any particular stimuli for supply or demand in the European market for standard plastics. Transactions in... (15.01.2018)
The UK government’s anticipated ban on the use of microbeads came into force on 9 January 2018, as prime minister Theresa May outlined her government’s vision to significantly reduce the... (15.01.2018)
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