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PIE issue 1032
POLYMER PRICES
Base Petrochemicals, Aromatics and Feedstocks: July/August 2019
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene July 2019: Fall in ethylene reference sets the pace / Buyers feel prices may have bottomed out / Low prices ease purchasing restraint / Mood remains tough / August expected to be quieter
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene July 2019: Cost relief passed on / Copolymer grades see steep hikes / Compounds move up a notch / August prices likely stable or firmer
POLYMER PRICES
PVC July 2019: Producers' margins upped minimally / Slight production curtailments / Holiday season suppressing demand / Low volumes expected in August / Tough negotiations expected
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics July 2019: Price erosion continues / Oversupply meets weak demand / Holidays dampen activities / Only slight recovery expected in August / Feedstock prices rise
POLYMER PRICES
PET July 2019: Notations continue to tumble / Heat wave in the last third stabilises situation / August tending stable to firmer
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics July 2019: Slump in auto industry broadly drags prices down / Only PBT and POM still stable / Reductions in quarterly prices will add pressure to monthly transactions in August
PA 6.6
Butachimie's scheduled turnaround at ADN plant in France to start in late September / Installation of latest ADN technology
VERSALIS
Reorganisation strategy in petrochemicals / Cracker capacity in Porto Marghera to be reduced
LUKOIL
Green light for new PP line in Russia
BRASKEM
Cracker construction in West Virginia cancelled / Site near US shale gas fields up for sale
HENGLI
World's largest catalytic PDH plant onstream in China / PP capacity surge
SABIC
Global economic slowdown takes a toll on Saudi Arabia's market leader / Sales in China were hardest hit
BASF
Q2 EBIT plunges as global outlook sours / Revised annual forecast confirmed
CLARIANT
JV talks with Sabic temporarily halted / CEO Ernesto Occhiello surprisingly throws in the towel / Pigments and masterbatches up for sale
KOMPUESTOS
Spanish compounder plans to expand / Compostable resins for single-use applications
BENVIC
Belgian compounder continues purchasing spree / Italian PVC specialist Modenplast Medical and Polish compounder Alfa
POLYKEMI
Swedish compounder adds production capability
PLASTICS AND HEALTH
EU general court dismisses PlasticsEurope's BPA challenge / Listing as a SVHC and endocrine disruptor under REACH stands
PLASTICS AND HEALTH
ECHA adds four new substances to SVHC list / Two labelled as endocrine disruptors
AUSTRIA
Ban on plastic bags passed / First national “circularity gap” report / Education project for the packaging industry
RECYCLING
Cambodia and Sri Lanka dealing with illegal waste imports / Return shipments planned
BIOPLASTICS
Sphere and Kaneka report analyses developments on bioplastics / Challenges include confusion on terminology along with production costs
BIOPLASTICS
Spanish project creates products made with recycled biodegradable plastics / Industrial and post-consumer waste
RUSTARK
Construction of new bioplastics plant in Russia / Investment totals around EUR 200m
PACKAGING
Global use of biopolymers in packaging sector to double within five years / Growth driven by China and Europe / Smithers Pira report
LOGISTICS
Low water levels along Germany's rivers spreading / German minister of transport presents measures to improve navigability of Rhine
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Date of print: 20/08/2019
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