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EUROPEAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY
Production declines by 2% EU-wide in the first five months of 2013 / Growth engine revving in fits and starts / Company chieftains now more cautious about full-year outlook / Cefic trend report
12.08.2013
KEM ONE
List of potential purchasers grows to eight / Court extends deadline
01.08.2013
KEM ONE
Seven prospective buyers express interest / Receiver asks for more time / Production back to normal
21.06.2013
KEM ONE
Buyers showing interest in ailing PVC producer / Production returning to normal at most sites / Insolvency process still on schedule
14.06.2013
ARKEMA
European slowdown hits sales and profits / US automotive sector provides boost to Altuglas / Earnings fall in high-performance materials
22.05.2013
INEOS
PVC joint venture with Solvay / Combined projected sales of EUR 4.3 bn / Potential to be in the global top three
08.05.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics PVC April 2013: Most of ethylene decline is passed on for base grades / Plasticiser rebates pressure some products / Pastes hold up / Falling notations certain in May
06.05.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend April 2013: Producers hold onto half of cost reductions / Falling naphtha strengthens converters' waiting game / Intensity of demand revival will decide further developments
15.04.2013
KEM ONE
Arkema to take EUR 125m charge for former PVC business / Six-month search for new owner
12.04.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics PVC March 2013: Deep freeze in building sector allows only minimal cost pass-through for S-PVC base / Rising plasticiser prices drive S-PVC (P) compounds / April picture dominated by rollover, despite falling ethylene notation
04.04.2013
COMMENT
Painful necessities
02.04.2013
KEM ONE
Follow-up: PVC producer files for insolvency / Calls for aide from Arkema and Total / Arkema puts blame squarely on Klesch
28.03.2013
KEM ONE
PVC producer about to file for insolvency / Five chlorine and PVC plants affected / Tempers run high in Lavera
26.03.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend March 2013: Falling costs upstream dash producers' hopes of triple-digit hikes / Polyolefins rise less than costs / Higher input prices added to PVC, PS and EPS / Supply in line with demand
14.03.2013
KEM ONE
Locked in PVC squabble, Klesch demands high compensation from Arkema / Swiss feel cheated / French group categorically dismisses all accusations
11.03.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics PVC February 2013: Minor increases for base polymer / Additives stable / Paste grade flat / Weak building demand pressures / Pronounced upswing expected in spring
05.03.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend February 2013: Buyers turn a deaf ear on hike plans / Stable costs dampen momentum / Demand still slack / First upstream cost rises appear / Price spiral could turn upward
14.02.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics PVC January 2013: Producers manage to lift S-PVC base notations slightly / Matrix component in blends rising / Additives mostly stable / No movement for PVC pastes
05.02.2013
ITALY
PVC plant at Ravenna near permanent closure / Industrie Generali stumbles over feedstock question
29.01.2013
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend January 2013: Slight margin improvement for polyolefin producers / No sharp order rise at month's begin / PVC and EPS still weak / PS moving in tandem with costs
15.01.2013
KEM ONE
Raising emulsion PVC capacity in Spain / New COO for Vinyls business
19.12.2012
POLYMER PRICES
PVC November 2012: S-PVC base material gives up ground / Additives lead to some firming in compounds / Paste grades remain stable / Pilot report for extended PIE price reporting
18.12.2012
YEAR IN REVIEW
Life is a roller coaster ride, the European plastics industry finds again in 2012 / Forces majeures and consolidation / North-South profitability gap grows as the shadow of Middle East and China shrinks
14.12.2012
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics in November 2012: Autumn mist softens notations / Producers see fresh margin losses / Supply stabilises / December could see an unusual stabilisation
05.12.2012
ARKEMA
Divestiture of vinyls business to Klesch complete / Activities will become part of KEM One holding
06.07.2012
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