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YEAR IN REVIEW 2014
Part 2 – Plastics Production: Shale gas revolution drives Europe into a corner / Ailing facilities are consolidated / Massive changes in PVC market / Shale oil reserves change the balance once again
12.12.2014
VESTOLIT
SVC Global sells German PVC producer to Mexichem / Further changes in the European PVC market
07.08.2014
PVC MARKET
European production landscape undergoing massive changes / Global capacity shifts drive consolidations / Overcapacities mean additional closures cannot be avoided / Who will be the next victim in this game of Russian roulette?
29.07.2014
SOLVAY
Benvic PVC compounding subsidiary divested to OpenGate Capital / European market reshuffle continues
05.06.2014
SASOL
South African group plans new mega-cracker in the US / Attracted to shale gas light feed
07.12.2012
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Follow-up: Hurricane "Isaac" approaches Louisiana / Numerous US refinery complexes shut down or operating at reduced rates
29.08.2012
UPDATE - PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
US hurricane season kicks off / “Isaac” threatens plants across Louisiana in particular / Numerous oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have been evacuated / Reminiscent of “Katrina” and “Rita”
28.08.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America May 2012: Polyolefins on a downhill ride / PVC weaker / PS rumbles but holds steady / Engineering plastics also under pressure / ABS in a downswing / PC and PA will deteriorate in Q3
12.06.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America April 2012: Standard thermoplastics notations stagnate / Subdued demand / Market could shift in buyers' favour / Engineering thermoplastics remain firm
08.05.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America March 2012: Renewed gains for polyethylene despite weak markets / Restraint for PP sees spot markets thrive / PVC continues to climb / PS cost drive slows / Engineering thermoplastics rising
10.04.2012
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