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PIE topic coronavirus situation
The coronavirus pandemic has created much uncertainty. Our everyday lives are constantly changing, and this makes it difficult to plan with any certainty. In order to help you keep track of the rapidly evolving events across the globe during these dynamic times, you can find an overview of the most important information on our website.

We are continuously compiling the most important news of the day and keeping you up to date on the industry's event dates via our events listing.

In addition, we will inform you through our customer notification how PIE – Plastics Information Europe is handling the current situation.
In the Spotlight
PLASTIC PACKAGING
Demand for retail-ready packaging to rise by 5.4% per year to 2024 / Asia-Pacific fastest-growing region
PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
NGO Tearfund links climate change with plastics pollution from major consumer brands / Study focused on six developing countries
Global demand for retail-ready packaging will increase by an average of 5.4% annually for the period 2019-2024, according to a new report “The Future of Retail-Ready Packaging to 2024” by... (09.04.2020)
Four of the world’s biggest consumer brands are responsible for half a million tonnes of plastics pollution that is burnt or dumped each year in six developing countries, according to a... (09.04.2020)
ARKEMA
French group seeks alternatives for MMA/PMMA business / Only speciality materials in future
UPDATE - POLYURETHANE
Foams plants across Europe closed or running at reduced rates due to Covid-19 / Situation expected to deteriorate in April
The partially newly formed management team around CEO Thierry Le Hénaff at the head of the French plastics and chemicals group Arkema has big goals. By 2024, sales are supposed to grow... (08.04.2020)
Polyurethane foam slabstock plants across Europe are now either closed or running at severely reduced capacity as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The European association of PU foam... (08.04.2020)
SPAIN
National supply chains must switch to medical supplies and protective gear to aid coronavirus fight / Prime minister Sánchez wants “Marshall Plan” for Europe
UNIPETROL
New PE line starts up in Czech Republic
In terms of the Covid-19 pandemic, Spain is among the hardest hit European countries along with Italy. As of 6 April 2020, 131,646 people in Spain have been infected by the virus and... (07.04.2020)
Czech petrochemical producer Unipetrol has commissioned its new “PE3” unit with a capacity for 270,000 t/y of polyethylene in Litvínov / Czech Republic – see PIEWeb of 16.06.2016. It... (07.04.2020)
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Price Reports and Announcements
POLYMER PRICES
Composites/GRP March 2020: Cautious optimism in the market / SM price plunge will pull resin farther downward / Glass fibre unchanged / Cancelled JEC trade fair is a missing catalyst
07.04.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering thermoplastics March 2020: Most grades roll over / Only polyamides on the decline / Benzene crash to overshadow April / E&E sector could stabilise prices for POM and PBT
06.04.2020
TRINSEO
Hefty price decreases for polystyrene in Europe
03.04.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics March 2020: Prices in free fall after styrene reference crash / Processors securing stocks to weather the coronavirus pandemic / Massive turbulence in April is in the cards
03.04.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene March 2020: C3 setback pressures PP / Compounds unchanged / Converters lack common strategy / Sharp downswing likely in April
03.04.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene March 2020: Injection moulding grades under pressure / Film grades manage to hold ground / Demand for blow moulding material runs wild / Many stocks overflowing / C2 crash will drive polymer notations down
03.04.2020
INEOS STYROLUTION
Large price decrease for polystyrene
02.04.2020
POLYMER PRICES
PET March 2020: Oil market crash generates momentum for reductions / Panic buying during virus outbreak cushions the fall / Further price decreases expected in April / Covid-19 raises a big question mark
02.04.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Base petrochemicals, aromatics and feedstocks: March/April 2020
02.04.2020
POLYMER PRICES
PVC March 2020: C2 price fall keeps demands for an increase in check / Only slight changes in notations in most cases / Pastes feel somewhat more pressure / Larger reductions foreseeable in April
02.04.2020
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