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PIE issue 1015
AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
Sales slump puts sector under pressure in Germany and Europe / Weakness especially apparent with SCR tanks for diesel vehicles / Situation could mean a breather for plastics processors / Brexit and e-car issues
POLYAMIDE 6.6
Polymer shortage and high prices dog French OEMs / “Structural problems”
MAGNETI MARELLI
Will plastics processor PCMA stay with Fiat? / At least seven plants in Italy affected
UNITI
Swedish start-up plans to make e-cars at Silverstone / UK facility expected to be making the Uniti "One" two-seater by 2020 / Partnerships with CRP processors and battery specialists
PLASTIVALOIRE
Acquisition of US competitor TransNav targeted / Automotive division to expand further
MAGNA
Automotive supplier opens seat production plant in Czech Republic
INEOS
Acquisition of Ashland's composites arm for USD 1.1 bn / Deal includes BDO plant in Germany
BASF
German group considers establishing own fleet / Shallow Rhine river is costing several million euros
WANHUA
Location and capacity of MDI plant in Louisiana announced / Adjacent to Formosa and Yuhuang's projects
DUPONT
New compounding lines for engineering polymers in China / USD 80m investment
OMV
Launch of pilot plastics recycling facility within Schwechat refinery / Synthetic crude processed into fuel and raw materials
INDORAMA
Joint venture with Canada's Loop for chemical recycling of PET
PMMA
Cefic granted funding to advance PMMA recycling in Europe
CABKA
German plastics recycler sets up research centre in Spain
GUILLIN
French packaging manufacturer intends to use more recycled plastics / Joint "Reusal" project with Paprec
AGRICULTURAL FILMS RECYCLING
Crisis situation for agrifilms recycling in France / Weak demand for recyclates / Price pressure on rPE
RECYCLING
BIR founds global recycling foundation / Donors' funds to promote campaigns
MARINE LITTER
Industry giants to contribute USD 90m to preventing ocean plastics waste / Ellen MacArthur announces global commitment for packaging / "Our Ocean" 2018 conference in Bali
COFFEE CAPSULES
Alpla launches compostable capsule made from sunflower husks / Tecnaro organic compounds for sustainable coffee companies / Dynamic market
PLASTIC CARRIER BAGS
Albanian ban in effect / Serbian capital to implement restriction on sale of plastic bags in 2020 / Study shows decline in bags in North Sea
WORLD TRADE
US exports of HDPE to China plummet / EU imports more
POLYMER PRICES
North America October 2018: Standard thermoplastics roll over / Most engineering plastics move sideways / PA 6.6 much firmer / Falling feedstock prices point to significant reductions in November
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics October 2018: Feedstock costs fall / Stark drop in PET and PS prices / Most domestic notations increase / Weaker yuan dampens import business
POLYMER PRICES
Russia October 2018: Prices stagnate for most standard thermoplastics / PS trends upward / PET slumps with declining demand
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics October 2018: SM and PX costs fall / Overall low demand / National Day Golden Week holiday in first week / Prices for all grades decrease / Negative market outlook
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend November 2018: Minor reductions with polyolefins / Styrenics take triple-digit plunge / Occasional supply restrictions with PVC and PP
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate November 2018: Most recyclate prices soften slightly after decline of virgin material notations / Recycled LDPE stable / Only clear rPET grades firm slightly / Increasing pressure expected
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Recyclate November 2018: Weak demand from automotive industry erodes prices for rABS, rPC and rPP compounds / Primary market fuels strong rPA 6.6 increase / Demand remains below expectations
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
New downward trend expected for polyolefins
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane feedstocks November 2018: Polymeric MDI and TDI collapse / Long supply and weak demand / More rebates in December likely / Polyols mostly stable
PLASTICS INDUSTRY GERMANY
Polymer production rises to 11m t in 2017 / A mere 12% of plastics is recycled / Conversio study documents use of recyclate and balance of trade for first time
FRANCE
Ban on single-use plastic tableware and packaging / Heavy criticism from French and European associations / Poor definitions of items and conflict with EU law
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Date of print: 10/12/2018
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