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PIE issue 1023
POLYETHYLENE
PE imports from the US gaining steam / Impact on European producers' margins / Vast majority of new capacity still to come / Noticeable decline in imports to EU since January 2019
INTERVIEW
Loop Industries' chief growth officer Nelson Switzer / Partnerships with major global brands, rPET from chemical recycling and building up facilities
PA 6.6
Butachimie postpones maintenance of ADN plant in Chalampé to the end of 2019 / Capacity increase of 20%
POLYETHYLENE
HDPE 100: Iran now has its own catalysts for production
BASF
Further expansion at German site Schwarzheide being mooted / Possible construction of plant for battery materials
EXXONMOBIL
Decision to fund PP facility on US Gulf
BAYPORT POLYMERS
Groundbreaking for third PE plant at Bayport / Total, Borealis and Nova joint venture
UPDATE - BERRY GLOBAL
Outbidding of Apollo's offer for RPC / Plastic packaging giant worth USD 13 bn could be created
DS SMITH
Sale of Plastics division to US private equity firm Olympus Partners
PLASTIC PACKAGING
Emerging technologies can drive circular economy / Five key challenges to overcome / World Economic Forum report
PLASTICS RECYCLING EUROPE
European Commission reports on 70 voluntary pledges for 2025 recycling targets / Relative lack of chemical recycling inclusion
EURIC
European plastics recycling branch created / Main focus on end-of-life durable plastics
ATTERO
Start-up of new recycling plant / Dutch waste disposal company due to begin regrind production
CARBIOS
French company's recycling technology turns rPTA into PET / Construction of demo plant to start in 2019
PET TO PET RECYCLING ÖSTERREICH
Austrian recycler increases capacity / More PET bottles recovered in 2018 than previous year
TOTAL
Takeover of French recycler Synova / Production of rPP for auto industry
KRUSCHITZ
Steinbeis Holding acquires Austrian plastics recycler Kruschitz / Buyer breaks new ground
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend March 2019: Producers hope for improvement in margins following C2 cost increase / PE and PVC consumers respond by holding back on buying / Subdued demand caps PP increases / Styrenics firmer
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate March 2019: Prices largely remain at previous month's level / Only small hikes on individual grades / Recyclers aim to catch up on missed price increases
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Recyclate March 2019: Weak volume calls from automotive industry depress prices / Some further discounts in April
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Upward trend in olefins pushing up polymers
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane Feedstocks March 2019: Polymeric MDI downswing bottoms out / Pure MDI and TDI plunge / Weak automotive sector to add pressure in April
POLYMER PRICES
Russia February 2019: Polyolefins generally giving way / Demand remains rather weak
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics February 2019: Impacts from Chinese New Year holidays / Most polymer prices fall / HDPE for injection moulding and PET increase / Market unlikely to recover in March
POLYMER PRICES
North America February 2019: Most markets in a rollover / Producers unable to push through hikes for PE, PVC or PS / PP still weak / Engineering plastics prices stable / Increases expected in March
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics February 2019: Weak market on Chinese New Year holidays / Feedstocks register slight increases / Small fluctuations in polymer prices
MANAGEMENT
Global insolvencies forecast to rise in 2019 led by China / Western Europe a key contributor to top business failures / North America to plateau / Euler Hermes report
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Date of print: 20/04/2019
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