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PIE issue 1103
NATURAL GAS
European Commission proposes that member states slash gas use / Commission President von der Leyen says Russia “blackmailing” Europe
NATURAL GAS
Nord Stream 1 closed for maintenance / Concerns that Moscow will end gas shipments to Europe / Could UK cap gas deliveries to the EU? / Rationing this winter?
ENERGY MARKETS
Qatar finalises gas North Field Expansion contracts / Five energy majors participating / Total, Shell, Exxon with the largest stakes
RUSSIA
No BMWs for Putin and his cronies / German exports to Russia fall again / Medication shipments increase / High energy prices create trade deficit
LOGISTICS
Barely a palm width of water under keel has Rhine shippers concerned / A solution to port strikes in sight? / Container freight rates still plummeting
BOREALIS
OMV refinery in Austria to be down longer than expected / Crackers, polyolefin plants probably more severely affected
LANXESS
CEO Zachert warns of German deindustrialisation / JV with Advent for polyamides in e-mobility
RAVAGO
Takeover of two UK recyclers / Plans to further expand British ops
BIESTERFELD
German distributor reports jump in earnings / Optimism despite added market uncertainty
EURASIACORP
Belgian distributor to buy local recycler Matco Plastics / Move boosts portfolio of regranulates
ALBIS
Distribution of additional styrenics from Ineos Styrolution
LEHMANN & VOSS
Distribution of flame retardants from Alpha Calcit
ALPLA
Austrian packaging firm buys Polish group / Deal to open pharma markets in CEE
PETAINER
UK packaging company acquired by US investment firm
CONSTANTIA FLEXIBLES
Collaboration with Plasthill on PE sealant films / CompresSeal offers up to 30% weight saving
INNOVIA FILMS
Expansion in Germany to meet growing demand for thinner label films
PAARDEKOOPER
Subsidiary Broekhof buys packaging ops from Van Iperen
TAKEAWAY PACKAGING
Study says throwaway paper plates better for environment than reusable products in takeaway food industry
FOOD PACKAGING
Aimplas launches trademark to certify safety of reusable plastic food container
WELLMAN
Recycling of monolayer and multilayer PET trays into food application trays / Collaboration with Klöckner Pentaplast
INTERVIEW
“A 100% circular economy is feasible” – PIE spoke with Covestro board member Sucheta Govil about what she calls the “journey” / Plastics recycling, green energy remain important topics
POLYMER PRICES
Standard thermoplastics trend July 2022: Weak demand leads to triple-digit slump for polyolefin prices / PVC and EVA also on the decline / Styrenics meanwhile see record highs
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate July 2022: Market still shunning recession concerns / Prices trend mostly higher / Summer break dampens August price pressures
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering recyclate July 2022: Free play of market forces / Demand plummets for all types / Zero stimulus from automotive / More severe downtrend likely in August
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
July 2022: Spot prices continue to fall on weak demand, good supply
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane feedstocks July 2022: Weak demand across sectors pushes prices lower / Only building industry shows slight recovery / Rising imports to fuel price declines in September
POLYMER PRICES
North America June 2022: Many large price reductions, except for styrene-based plastics / Demand slows in view of rising prices and interest rates / Poor prospects for upcoming months
POLYMER PRICES
China standard thermoplastics June 2022: Prices mostly lower amid slower than expected demand / Supply levels healthy / PET firm as peak season nears / Overall weakness in July
POLYMER PRICES
China engineering thermoplastics June 2022: Prices broadly lower amid low demand, healthy supply / Some public health restrictions lifted / July to be weak with few exceptions
POLYURETHANE MARKET
Asia-Pacific output to increase over 5% annually for next five years / Industry still below pre-pandemic levels / Rigid foam production declines / IAL report
PVC RECYCLING
European countries reclaim over 810,000 t PVC in 2021
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