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PIE issue 993
YEAR IN REVIEW 2017
A plastics perspective on the past 12 months
COVESTRO
EUR 200m upgrade will keep Tarragona on stream / Captive chlorine supply
SABIC
New investment programme / Up to USD 10 bn for plastics acquisitions / Refineries and projects
NOVAMONT
Upgraded “Origo-Bi” biopolyester plant in Italy to start in Q1 2018 / Output doubled to 100,000 t per year
INEOS
Deal with Imperial Logistics to build river barges / Investment in butane storage capacity at Antwerp terminal and European feedstock security
SASA POLYESTER
Turkish company builds polyester and PET plants in Adana / Contract with Uhde Inventa-Fischer
CONSTANTIA FLEXIBLES
Expansion of pharmaceutical packaging in Austria / Additional cleanroom / Investment in double-digit million euro range
SIRAP-GEMA
Italian packaging manufacturer expands in France and Germany / Acquisition of Vitembal's remaining activities
ALPLA
New containers production plant in the US
POLYPAK
Additional production line for flexible packaging in Russia
GLN
Second coffee capsules production line in Portugal / New injection moulding plant in Mexico
SINGLE-USE PLASTICS
UK to investigate tax on plastic packaging and takeaway items / Call for evidence to launch in 2018
MARINE LITTER
Single-use plastics make up about half of beach litter in Europe / Reducing consumption could curb large source of marine pollution / Regulations needed for long-term effectiveness / Seas At Risk report
PLASTICS RECYCLING EUROPE
EuPC survey results on use of recycled plastic materials / Poor quality and unreliable supply key barriers / Price is primary incentive / Second survey in 2018
PLASTICS RECYCLING EUROPE
Bale guidelines issued to improve recyclate quality / Applicable to various collection systems
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend December 2017: Stability predominates / At most only minor price hikes / Producers unable to factor in feedstock cost increases in full / Converters under no pressure to act
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane Feedstocks December 2017: Rollover for MDI / Small increase for TDI / Isocyanates expected to point downward as new year begins / Polyols market mostly quiet
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate December 2017: Downward momentum of previous months is flattening / Significant reductions only on rLDPE and rPS / Prospect of accumulation of inventories strengthens recyclers' positions
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Olefins: Unipetrol reduces cracker output after explosion in refinery at Litvínov / PE and PP not yet affected
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Polyolefins tending sideways to slightly firmer
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics November 2017: Market prices of most polymers in China rise / Low inventory levels / LDPE and PVC are exceptions / Imported and domestic feedstock costs increase
POLYMER PRICES
North America November 2017: Price upswing with standard thermoplastics runs out of steam / Engineering plastics see PA 6.6 move up due to ADN shortage / Olefins calmer but significant benzene cost increase will be felt in December
POLYMER PRICES
Russia November 2017: Notations falling / Only PP and PET showing slight upward movement / Stability in December
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics November 2017: SM notations rocket / PC and PMMA significantly more expensive / PA 6 and PBT decrease
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
3D printing heads for small series production / "Formnext" exhibition in Frankfurt a "centre of gravity" / Market expected to triple by 2023 / Quality assurance a difficult issue
CLARIANT
Launch of 3D printing business / Custom and standardised solutions
SABIC
"Lexan" filament debuts as first in new differentiated materials for 3D printing
A. SCHULMAN
Plastic powder for 3D printing with Prodways / Alternative to injected plastic or metal parts
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Date of print: 19/01/2018
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