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PIE issue 1058
POLYMER PRICES
Base petrochemicals, aromatics and feedstocks: August/September 2020
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene August 2020: Producers push through maximum C2 cost hike / Converters reject margin increase / Demand somewhat too low for time of year / At best minor upward trend in September
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene August 2020: Hikes remain below C3 rise / Outages have little impact due to soft demand / Notations likely stable in September
POLYMER PRICES
PVC August 2020: Price rise continues / Ethylene price hikes and poor availability drive costs / Brisk demand despite holiday period / Climbs expected again in September
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics August 2020: Rollovers predominate for PS and EPS / Slight premiums on ABS / Price corrections in both directions / Demand generally weak / Hardly any change seen for September
POLYMER PRICES
PET August 2020: Weak rollovers dominate picture / Market remains rather sluggish despite heatwave / Volume pressure grows in Asia / Import offers more aggressive / Outlook still depressed
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering thermoplastics August 2020: Polycarbonate prices freeze / Glass fibre-reinforced polyamides down / Longer-term agreements stabilise PBT business / PMMA price will follow increase in cost of MMA
BASF
3D printing arm buys Owens Corning's “Xstrand” glass-fibre reinforced filaments
VICTREX
New PAEK filament designed for 3D printing
4D MEDICINE
New UK start-up to commercialise PC-based resins used to 3D print scaffolds for tissue regrowth
MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL
Partnership with German start-up on PBT powder for 3D printing
DSM
New glass-filled PP optimised for 3D printing
PLASTICS MACHINERY GERMANY
Sales down for the first time in 11 years / Turnover expected to fall by as much as 30% in 2020 / Chinese business and circular economy provide hope
UPDATE - ISOCYANATES
BASF and Dow raise prices for MDI in North America / TDI production disrupted in Geismar
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Sadara anticipates reduced TDI production at its plant in Al Jubail throughout the whole of Q4
REPSOL
Further investments in advanced polymers for the automotive industry
VERSALIS
Chemicals segment of Eni slips further into the red / Cracker shutdowns / Parent company with new strategy
LANXESS
Full-year financial guidance reaffirmed following in-line Q2 results / Engineering Materials segment badly hit by lockdowns
VENATOR
Huntsman sells all remaining shares in titanium dioxide producer / SK Capital is the buyer
MARINE LITTER
Microplastics in every seafood type tested / Ten times more plastics waste in Atlantic Ocean than estimated / New research throws light on scale of pollution problem
MARINE LITTER
Study proposes comprehensive strategy to tackle ocean plastics / Elimination of many single-use and non-recyclable products needed / Actions to curb pollution
MARINE LITTER
New studies show level of microplastics pollution in London's Thames river
PLASTIC PACKAGING
Study suggests carbon impact of plastics is lower than other packaging materials / Glass bottles the highest emitter overall / Report by Veolia and Imperial College London
PLASTIC PACKAGING GERMANY
Sustainability goals are still high on the agenda / Recycled material remains in demand despite coronavirus crisis / IK flash survey
EPAC FLEXIBLE PACKAGING
US packaging manufacturer expands into continental Europe
LOGOPLASTE
Carlyle apparently intents to sell shares / Plans for international expansion of packaging manufacturer
SIRAP-GEMA
Packaging producer to close plant in Italy / H1 sales fall but net profits up
HUHTAMAKI
Packaging manufacturer uses recycled laminates for tubes
VÖSLAUER
rPET pioneer converts its entire bottle range to 100% recyclate five years ahead of schedule
REACH
New procedure for reporting SVHCs from 2021 / ECHA with dedicated web page
PLASTICS RECYCLING USA
Alliance to create circular economy / North American platform of Ellen MacArthur's global “Plastics Pact” / 50% recycling rate targeted
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