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PIE issue 1046
POLYMER PRICES
Base Petrochemicals, Aromatics and Feedstocks: February/March 2020
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene February 2020: Purchasing restraint keeps price rise in check / Development of demand uncertain due to coronavirus epidemic / Producers will aim to pass on only part of C2 cost reduction
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene February 2020: Market still without momentum / Inventory drawdowns curb demand / Rising demand could keep March prices stable
POLYMER PRICES
PVC February 2020: Demands for an increase partially pushed through towards end of month / Slightly reduced supply / Producers aiming for rollover in March / Supply situation worsens
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics February 2020: Prices continue to rise along with the SM reference / Ample supply / Markup level softens somewhat over the course of the month / Prices will begin to decrease again in March
POLYMER PRICES
PET February 2020: Market remains in miserable state / Weak demand set against good supply / Coronavirus crisis further depresses situation / Doubts about recovery in March / Price pressure remains
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering thermoplastics February 2020: Price stability on a broad front / Quarterly agreements provide support / Demand slightly above expectations / Differing trends likely in March
DSM
US engineering plastics compounding expanded / Start-up in 2021
INEOS
Polyolefins from bio-based feedstock to be made in Cologne / UPM's "Bio Verno"
VINNOLIT
Paste PVC production commissioned in Germany
MITSUI
Joint development with Blend+ of additives for recycled polyolefins
UNNOX
Spanish additives group plans growth in Europe
BASF
Debottlenecking of antioxidants plant in Italy
AMCOR
Fiscal 2020 outlook improves after first-half results / Bemis integration gives boost / HPRC partnership to improve medical plastics recycling
APTAR
Acquisition of Fusion Packaging in the pipeline
MAUSER
Expansion of production plant in Germany
TRINSEO
Partnership to develop food packaging applications for recycled PS
ALPLA
Envicco JV with PTT Global finalised / Recycling plant due online in late 2021
FOREVER PLAST
Ineos teams up with Italian recycler / Hybrid plastics from PE bottle caps
CUP CONCEPT
Joint venture for reusable cups set up in Belgium
POLYURETHANE
European flexible foam production could see “make or break” year / Weaker demand of late / China subdued in global comparison / Rigid foams make up ground
HUNTSMAN
Q4 sales fall led by Polyurethanes segment / Icynene-Lapolla acquisition seen closing in Q1 2020
COVESTRO
Sales and earnings down sharply in 2019 / MDI expansion at Baytown “paused” as cost-savings programme accelerated
BIOPLASTICS
Global production capacity to climb to 2.43m t in 2024 / Growth driven by rising bio-based PP and PHA capacities / New reports from European Bioplastics and IfBB
PLASTIC PACKAGING UK
Wrap publishes guidance for compostable packaging
RESEARCH
Food-grade films with chitosan barrier layer
KOMPUESTOS
Three bioplastics launched / Biodegradable in water
BASF
Compostable cling film for fresh-food packaging developed with Italy's Fabbri
PERRIER
Sustainable packaging innovation programme selects three start-ups / Bio-based and reusable containers
PLASTICS ECONOMY
Major decline in German-speaking Europe / Development index falls to ten-year low / Automotive crisis leaves considerable scars / Plastic bashing begins to impact business / Glimmer of hope with first signs of an upturn
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Date of print: 29/03/2020
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