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PIE issue 1054
POLYMER PRICES
Base petrochemicals, aromatics and feedstocks: June/July 2020
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene June 2020: Ethylene increase rarely factored in full into polymers / Demand below expectations / Production cutbacks still the norm / Upward trend in July
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene June 2020: Prices curve upwards again / Propylene rise not all passed on to copo and compounds buyers / Soft automotive demand / More hikes in July
POLYMER PRICES
PVC June 2020: Notations moving upward again / End of the price decline to date / All costs generally passed on / Demand picking up / Further increases foreseeable for July
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics June 2020: Prices pick up again / Often no full cost transfer / Further hikes expected in July
POLYMER PRICES
PET June 2020: Notations firming / Oil chains have a stabilising effect / Market still subdued / Buyers focusing on European materials / Ongoing coronavirus pandemic dampens expectations
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering thermoplastics June 2020: Prices fall to near-record lows / Producers fight plummeting prices with little success / Demand livelier but still weak / Automotive gives a glimmer of hope
BP / INEOS
Assets worth USD 5 bn to change hands / Chemical group gains berth in polyester and acetyls / Debt-financed deal leverages Styrolution
SAUDI ARAMCO
EUR 61 bn purchase of 70% stake in Sabic completed / Loan payment plan up to 2028
SASOL
Large stake in US cracker complex reportedly up for sale
DOW / SHELL
Collaboration on electrifying steam crackers
INVISTA
Global market leader in PA 6.6 breaks ground for ADN plant in Shanghai / EUR 880m investment
SENBIS
EUR 5.5m investment in Dutch testing plant for biopolymers / Part of chemicals and materials network Chemport Europe
ANDALTEC
Spanish centre launches R&D projects on bio-based packaging and recycling composite materials
RWDC
USD 133m for bioplastics production expansion secured
LACTIPS
French bioplastics producer stems EUR 13m equity increase / Backing from Mitsubishi Chemical and Bpifrance
NOVAMONT
Biopolymers used in new food packaging products / Ticinoplast's “NextFilm” compostable films and Colussi's “Misura” multilayer film
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
Use and investments rise / Challenges persist on product quality and cost / Survey by 3D printing company Sculpteo
DSM
Some of Clariant's 3D printing activities to be acquired
3D PRINTING
Oechsler, HP and BASF in new alliances / Focus on parts production
LEHMANN & VOSS
PA compound for extrusion-based 3D printing / Hollow microspheres range also expanded
REPSOL
Polypropylene materials developed for 3D printing
BRASKEM
Polyolefins producer launches PP grades for 3D printing
HIGH-PERFORMANCE PLASTICS
Global consumption to grow by 5.5% per year to 2024 / Asia Pacific share to reach 54% / E&E makes up one third of consumption / Smithers report
BASF / GEHR
Extruded stock shapes made from PPA
BIESTERFELD
Distribution of Solvay's high-performance polymers in Europe
SOLVAY
Equity investment in German startup for 3D printing in medical applications
RADICI
High-performance polymers distribution by B. Bigler expanded
EVONIK
Implant-grade PEEK filament for medical applications in 3D printing
CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Covid-19 crisis catches up with the sector in Germany / “Dramatic consequences” from second half year onwards / ZDB association expects zero growth at best / Non-residential construction particularly affected
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Date of print: 14/07/2020
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