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PIE issue 978
PLASTICS PACKAGING MARKET
German manufacturers very positive about economic situation shortly before "interpack" trade fair / High feedstock prices still dampening sales and profits / Further consolidation on the European market
BIO-BASED POLYMERS
Asia to account for 52% of global production by 2021 / Asian growth led by PLA and PA / Nova-Institute report
POLYMER PRICES
PVC April 2017: Slight tightening of market conditions exploited by base material suppliers / Dramatic developments for titanium dioxide lift rigid grades still further
POLYMER PRICES
PET April 2017: Surprisingly large reductions necessary to secure sales / Marked upturn in imports / Purchasers exercise restraint despite season start / Further moderate markdowns possible in May
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene April 2017: Easter brings a turnaround in demand / Second half of the month characterised by restraint / Upturn unexpectedly switches to downward pressure / Further price reductions probable / Pipe grades are the exception
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene April 2017: Demand watershed keeps pricing stable / Hike plans run aground / Global propylene demand points downward / May could see slight increases
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics April 2017: Price correction initiated / High discounts for all materials / Speculation on falling prices restricts demand / Forecast of further three-digit reductions for May
POLYMER PRICES
Base Petrochemicals, Aromatics and Feedstocks: April / May 2017
ITALY
EPS consumption stagnates at low level / Slight shift to packaging materials
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Crackers and downstream units start up in Iran / Gas output pulls even with Qatar
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics April 2017: Wave of increases rolls on through the market / Rises smaller than in March / Market tending tight / Some delivery times lengthen significantly / Effects could last into May
NOVA CHEMICALS
Deal to buy Williams' olefins plant in Louisiana / Canadians gain a foothold on US Gulf
LANXESS
EUR 25m investment for integrated PA complex in Antwerp
MOSSI & GHISOLFI
Texas PET complex facing claims worth USD 100m / Contractors seek compensation
WANHUA
Plans for USD 1 bn MDI complex in Louisiana / Location and capacity not yet disclosed
TRINSEO
ABS production in China starting in July / New compounding site near Shanghai
LINPAC
Additional film line to be installed at French facility / Collaboration with Klöckner Pentaplast to develop MAP pack for fresh food and liquids
COSMO FILMS
BOPET films expansion in India / Strong growth expected
JINDAL FILMS
New metalliser and extruder at Italian site / Startup due in second half of 2017
EXCELRISE
French packaging group intends to produce PE film from recycled material / New subsidiary XL Recycling
PLASTICS RECYCLING UK
New BPF recycling strategy aims to keep material in the UK / Proposals for split plastic packaging recycling targets adjusted for post-Brexit
PMMA
Global market worth USD 8 bn by 2025 / Growing Asian demand for LED monitors / Grand View Research report
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Date of print: 24/05/2017
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