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TURKEY
Pagev congress on plastics recycling / Panel discussion on waste and infrastructure
PLASTIC BOTTLE RECYCLING
US reprocessing flat as exports fall / Industry and government driving reuse
In the runup to “Plast Eurasia” in Istanbul / Turkey, plastics industry association Pagev organised a congress on recycling in December 2019. In the course of the associated panel... (17.01.2020)
Recycling rates for plastic bottles in the US have not risen significantly in the recent past; nevertheless, the industry now manages to reprocess most consumer waste domestically, rather... (16.01.2020)
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Massive explosion at Iqoxe's ethylene oxide plant in Spain / Two fatalities reported
MONDI
Packaging group plans closures of two UK manufacturing sites / CEO Peter Oswald to step down
A massive fire followed an explosion at an ethylene oxide facility of Industrias Químicas del Óxido de Etileno in Tarragona / Spain on 14 January. Local media reported that at least two... (15.01.2020)
Plastic and paper packaging group Mondi is planning to close its two UK factories in Deeside and Nelson by the second half of 2020. The company has announced a minimum 45-day consultation... (15.01.2020)
EU TRADE
Bilateral agreement with Singapore in effect / Basis for further ASEAN trade pacts
SABIC
Liquidation of three subsidiaries / Asset review in progress
The first bilateral free trade agreement between the European Union and Singapore became effective after being signed and ratified in November 2019. The “EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement... (13.01.2020)
Sabic plans to liquidate three of its plastics-related subsidiaries and integrate the activities into other group reporting units, the chemicals and plastics giant said in a filing with... (10.01.2020)
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Price Reports and Announcements
POLYMER PRICES
Russia December 2019: Polyolefin notations at lowest levels for the year / Demand very weak in part / PE injection moulding grades and standard PS materials hold their ground / Virtually no recovery in January
16.01.2020
POLYMER PRICES
North America December 2019: Price decline continues / PP down again / Iran conflict and trade war with China to determine developments in the new year / Feedstock costs vary
15.01.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend January 2020: Polyolefins trend just slightly up / Styrenics make up the ground lost in December / Demand picks up only slowly / Selective price increases over the rest of the month
14.01.2020
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics December 2019: Most grades see rollovers or decreases / ABS is the exception / Generally weak demand / Several plants shut down or lower operation rates
14.01.2020
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics December 2019: LDPE and PP notations fall / Most polymers witness low demand / Chinese New Year festival in latter January to keep demand weak
13.01.2020
TRINSEO
Price increases for styrenics and polycarbonate in Europe
08.01.2020
INEOS STYROLUTION
Price hikes for polystyrene and ABS
08.01.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Composites/GRP December 2019: Market remains stable as the year turns / SM price rise could lead to firming in February / Glass fibre unchanged
08.01.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics December 2019: Year ends quietly / Production plants running with reduced output / January starts late because of weak automotive segment / Significant reductions announced for polyamide 6.6
07.01.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene December 2019: Small C2 increase ignored / Prices roll over or fall slightly / Producers suffer margin reductions / Demand affected by short working month / Little change expected in January
06.01.2020
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