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ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
Global growth seen at 17% a year to 2026 / Large-scale production increasing
PLASTICS ECONOMY
PIE Readers Survey: Largely optimistic mood despite supply crisis and pandemic issues in Europe / Cautious willingness to invest, outlook good for staffing
The global additives manufacturing market is forecast to grow some 17% each year between 2020 and 2026 as the technology shifts from prototyping to mass production of parts and... (02.08.2021)
The mood across all plastics industry sectors and European regions seems to be rather optimistic, even if the global supply-chain crisis and pandemic-related problems are impeding business... (30.07.2021)
LOGISTICS
Floods have Europe firmly in their grip / Freight rates get a little breather
AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
Electromobility promises suppliers more added value / A material shift when the engine compartment cools?
The floods in Europe have large parts of the continent firmly in their grip. Human suffering is immeasurable, and logistics have been affected immensely, especially in Belgium and Germany.... (29.07.2021)
According to targets of some car manufacturers, no more vehicle combustion engines will be sold from 2030. That’s only nine years away. In its latest paper, “Fit for 55”, the European... (29.07.2021)
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
PE: Sabic extends force majeure to “PE materials in Europe” / Flooding hits ethylene supply
CURRENTA
No more hope of survivors / Death toll rises to seven
Saudi petrochemical group Sabic has announced a force majeure for polyethylene in Europe, according to a customer letter obtained by PIE. After the petrochemical company had already... (28.07.2021)
After the devastating explosion at a tank farm for chemical waste at an industrial park in Leverkusen / Germany, in the early hours of 27 July, the chances of saving five missing people... (28.07.2021)
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Price Reports and Announcements
INDUSTRIAL CARBON BLACK
Price hikes at Cabot and Orion in August
27.07.2021
KRONOS
Significant price hike for titanium dioxide / Other producers set to follow suit
26.07.2021
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane feedstocks July 2021: Renewed scarcity due to force majeure / Situation still characterised by price declines / Comfort segment continues to languish
22.07.2021
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Downward trend continues / Pronounced reductions for polyethylene grades
20.07.2021
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering recyclate July 2021: Unabated high demand drives prices / Aggregates also in short supply / Processors' summer break cancelled this year / Further premiums likely
20.07.2021
POLYMER PRICES
Standard recyclate July 2021: Upward momentum cools significantly / Several grades peak / Only rPET rises again / August prices likely to increase slightly or remain stable
19.07.2021
POLYMER PRICES
China engineering thermoplastics June 2021: Prices mostly lower amid weak demand / Converters suffer power shortages, limited chip availability / Further declines expected in July
14.07.2021
POLYMER PRICES
Standard thermoplastics trend July 2021: Price turnaround affects further types / Increases now only with HDPE pipe, PP copolymer, PVC and EVA / Supply situation gradually improving with most materials
13.07.2021
POLYMER PRICES
China standard thermoplastics June 2021: Most prices move lower amid healthy supply, softer feedstocks / PET up on seasonal demand / July prices seen mostly softer
13.07.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America June 2021: Polyolefin and PVC prices rise again / Pressure eases for styrenics / Most engineering thermoplastics largely firmer / Tight supply situation expected to bring further increases in July
12.07.2021
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