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DOW
Group to slim down even more / Fewer investments
ITALY
Implementation of “plastic tax” likely postponed until mid-2021 / Only a small gap in tax coffers
US chemical group Dow has announced that it is stepping up cost-cutting efforts, following the weak second quarter in 2020. CEO Jim Fitterling said the company will not only increase the... (23.10.2020)
Numerous appeals by Italian industrial and commercial associations have been at least partially successful: Italy’s cabinet was unable to agree on a consensus for the 2021 budget, which... (22.10.2020)
TRADE DEALS
Canadian ban on single-use plastics may violate USMCA / US industry groups warn of “non-tariff barrier”
POLYURETHANE
Bottlenecks spur price hikes for isocyanates and polyol precursors in US / Upward pressure expected in Europe
Nearly 70 US industry trade groups have claimed in a letter to Canadian officials that any ban on American-made plastic products “clearly meets the definition of a non-tariff barrier” and... (22.10.2020)
Along with TDI, further significant price increases in Europe could be coming for MDI and downstream foams. As a result of recent hurricanes, numerous plants are down in the US, including... (21.10.2020)
COMPOSITES
3D-printed fibres detect mask leaks / Multiple application areas expected
POLYURETHANE
Supply situation for TDI and polyols critical / “Tremendous procurement problems” for processors
Researchers from the UK’s University of Cambridge say they have created micro-thin fibres that exceed the capabilities of conventional film-based sensors. The new devices were used to... (21.10.2020)
In addition to the contraction process that the PU industry – just like most other industrial sectors – is undergoing in 2020, a major material bottleneck has slammed right into the middle... (20.10.2020)
Latest News
Price Reports and Announcements
POLYURETHANE
Bottlenecks spur price hikes for isocyanates and polyol precursors in US / Upward pressure expected in Europe
21.10.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane feedstocks October 2020: A scramble for isocyanates and polyols / Demand clearly exceeds supply / Bottlenecks expected well into November
21.10.2020
SEKISUI
Worldwide price hikes for polyvinyl alcohols
21.10.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering recyclate October 2020: Prices stay put in October / First signs of a possible move to lift prices for some polycarbonate and polyamide materials / Demand mostly modest
20.10.2020
CELANESE
Global price hike for engineered materials
19.10.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Standard recyclate October 2020: Discounts on rLDPE and rPET / Other grades remain stable / Demand still mostly subdued / Price pressure in the weeks to come most likely for rHDPE pipes and rPET
19.10.2020
POLYMER PRICES
North America September 2020: Price explosion in polyolefins, PVC, ABS and PA 6 / Hurricanes drive up prices / PS, PC and PA 6.6 more relaxed / Situation expected to calm down in October with the exception of PE
15.10.2020
POLYMER PRICES
China engineering thermoplastics September 2020: Increase in prices of most engineering thermoplastics / Recovering demand / Lower inventory levels
13.10.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Standard thermoplastics trend October 2020: Prices for PE film grades fall slightly / PP outages unable to hold up prices / PVC continues upward trend / Demand generally poor for the time of year / Outlook points to stability
13.10.2020
SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Notations trending downwards due to weak demand
13.10.2020
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