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PIE issue 977
COMPOSITES
Composites can open up new horizons in the construction industry / New focus at the “JEC” trade show in Paris / Automotive and aerospace industries still strong / Record visitor numbers / Attention turning to the lack of recycling options
COMPOSITES
Global market for carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastics to grow by 10.8% per year / Automotive and aerospace applications drive demand / Grand View Research report
BASF
Introduction of accident prevention measures following blast / New appointments in emergency services
HANWHA TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS
Cracker expansion planned at Daesan complex / USD 450m project will increase feedstock flexibility
DOW
Construction completed of large-scale C2 cracker in Texas / On-track for mid-year startup
METYX
GRP Solutions appointed exclusive distributor for UK
NEXEO
Acquisition of Mexican distributor Ultra Chem / Specialist in PU foams
ALBIS PLASTIC
"Purell" licensing agreement with LyondellBasell / Expansion of product range for healthcare
GRAMMER
Defensive move has initially failed / Hastor manoeuvrings put automotive seat manufacturer under threat again
MECAPLAST
Car parts supplier establishes joint venture with Iranian company Riseco / Plastic components for the auto industry
STREETSCOOTER
Deutsche Post plans second production plant for electric vans / To be sold to third parties throughout Europe
IAC
Groundbreaking for instrument panel production plant in Poland / USD 20m investment in 27,000 m² facility
MAGNETI MARELLI
US plant converted to headlamp production facility / Catering to growing demand in NAFTA region
COROPLAST
New plant in Moldova / Production of cable sets for the automotive industry
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST
SVP endeavouring to acquire Linpac / Complete withdrawal possible via IPO in New York
FAERCH PLAST
Owner EQT selling packaging manufacturer / Sale expected to raise EUR 700m
TURKEY
Introduction of fees for retail plastic bags from January 2018 / Ban on thin plastic bags
ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires bans free plastic bags in supermarkets / University researchers say new system is less environmentally friendly
TUNISIA
Retail trade bans thin plastic bags at checkouts / Still permitted for fruit and vegetables
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane Feedstocks April 2017: All components higher, isocyanates by triple digits / Hefty hikes for polyols / Momentum slackens but May will still see increases
POLYMER PRICES
Composites/GRP March 2017: Last month's momentum sweeps resins even higher / Plateau likely in April / Demand trends slightly weaker / Chopped strand mats see minor dip
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate April 2017: Oversupply provokes slight erosion of rPE prices / rPP and rPS mostly stable / Seasonal effects supporting rPET / Diverging trends will continue in April
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Recyclate April 2017: Recent price increases across the entire portfolio / Boom in demand / Availability of production scrap considerably tighter in some cases / Demand only minimally slowed by holiday period
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Trading prices for polyolefins essentially stagnating
POLYMER PRICES
Russia March 2017: Beginning of spring prompting movement in the markets / PS rocketing / PVC and PET rising / PE and PP still mixed picture / Across-the-board upwards trend in April
POLYMER PRICES
North America March 2017: Prices rally in a big way / Increases across the board / PP reaches turnaround point / Other commodities also seem to have peaked / Engineering thermoplastics still rising
POLYMERS FOR EUROPE ALLIANCE
EU plastics and additives market under pressure
POLYPROPYLENE
Growth prospects in Europe remain buoyant / Rising retail demand and new markets offer support / Increasing scope for automotive and construction sectors
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Date of print: 24/05/2017
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