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PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
US Gulf petchems and plastics plants beset by start-up delays / Shin-Etsu, Formosa Plastics and Sasol projects lead the list
JEC WORLD 2020
Coronavirus epidemic hits composites trade fair / Postponement to May 2020
Lured by cheap feedstocks and generous investment aid, the number of new plastics and petrochemical facilities being built on the US Gulf Coast continues to swell. According to consultants... (28.02.2020)
Due to the spread of the coronavirus in Europe, the JEC Group has decided to postpone the composites trade show “JEC World 2020” to 12-14 May 2020, with the location remaining in Paris.... (27.02.2020)
VINNOLIT
Paste PVC production commissioned in Germany
HUNTSMAN
Q4 sales fall led by Polyurethanes segment / Icynene-Lapolla acquisition seen closing in Q1 2020
Speciality PVC specialist Vinnolit has started up its site in Burghausen / Germany, where paste PVC production has been expanded. PIE’s Polyglobe database shows that the expansion will... (27.02.2020)
Chemicals producer Huntsman posted a 9% decline in fourth-quarter revenues to USD 1.657 bn with all business segments hit by economic headwinds that are expected to continue in 2020.... (26.02.2020)
WACKER
Silicone specialist deep in the red / 1,000 jobs to be cut mainly in Germany
BIOPLASTICS
Global production capacity to climb to 2.43m t in 2024 / Growth driven by rising bio-based PP and PHA capacities
Wacker Chemie is gearing up for severe cost-cutting measures after weak results in fiscal 2019. According to CEO Rudolf Staudigl, the company expects to save EUR 250m annually with its... (26.02.2020)
Global biopolymers production capacity is forecast to increase from around 2.11m t in 2019 to approximately 2.43m t in 2024, with growth driven by bio-based PP and PHA, according to a new... (25.02.2020)
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Price Reports and Announcements
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane feedstocks February 2020: Isocyanates give way / Chinese virus epidemic pressures pure MDI sharply / Producers hike polyols / Exports to China much diminished
20.02.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Recyclate February 2020: Recycled ABS, PA and PC see a few price cuts / Weak demand slows business considerably / Coronavirus delays mould supplies from China
19.02.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate February 2020: Notations largely stable / Only a short breather / Further price erosion likely / Slightly higher demand generally not meeting expectations
18.02.2020
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Polyolefins only briefly react to rise in oil prices / HDPE firmer due to lack of imports
18.02.2020
POLYMER PRICES
North America January 2020: Poor demand pushes down prices of most polymers / PVC producers manage to turn trend around
17.02.2020
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics January 2020: Downtrend for most polymer prices / Short supply creates higher notations for PA 6 and PBT / Coronavirus outbreak to keep demand weak overall
14.02.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend February 2020: Styrenics ride on the styrene wave / Most other polymers unchanged / Business picks up only slowly / Little likelihood of much change in March
13.02.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Russia January 2020: Further reductions in all segments except PVC / Slight trend towards oversupply for PE and PP / Demand short of expectations / Increases possible for PS and PVC in February
13.02.2020
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics January 2020: Most grades decline on weak demand / Lunar new year holidays extended in wake of coronavirus crisis / Impacts from epidemic to keep demand low
12.02.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Composites/GRP January 2020: Ortho resins still pointing downward / Trend likely to turn around soon / Glass fibre oversupply pressures notations
07.02.2020
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