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PIE issue 1000
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene March 2018: Producers pass on most of cost reduction / First LLDPE imports from US put pressure on prices / Slight uptrend likely in April due to rise in ethylene reference
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene March 2018: Cost relief broadly passed on / Sufficient supply / Converters' buying tactics shred producers' margins / Firm rollover likely in April
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics March 2018: Increased SM costs further drive up prices / New all-time high for EPS / Price expectations limit demand / Significant reductions expected for April
POLYMER PRICES
PVC March 2018: Marginal declines in base grades and rigid compounds / High price of plasticiser pushes up plasticised compounds / Pastes stay at same level / Slight upward trend in April
POLYMER PRICES
PET March 2018: Moderate improvements possible in producer margins / Asian exports heading more towards North America / Few offers in Europe / First season peak now over / Balanced momentum in April
POLYMER PRICES
Base Petrochemicals, Aromatics and Feedstocks: March / April 2018
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics March 2018: Notations continue to rise but at a slower rate / Quarterly increases factored in / Next round of hikes due in April / Greater focus on specified grades
ASHLAND
Exit from resins business / Plans of selling butanediol production at Marl
INEOS STYROLUTION
Plans for new world-scale styrene plant on US Gulf
EXXONMOBIL
Plans for PP expansion on US Gulf advance
EDITORIAL
PA 6.6: Time for strategic alternatives
SOLVAY
Around 600 jobs to be made redundant worldwide / R&D reorganisation and expansion in Europe
COVESTRO
Polycarbonate sheet extrusion business up for sale / US plant to be acquired by Plaskolite / Bidding process for European plants
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
EuPC survey to gain insight into 3D printing in European plastics converting industry
BASF
Dutch subsidiary Innofil3D signs strategic partnership with Beijing Tiertime / 3D printing filaments for US and China
MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL
Dutch Filaments bought as part of investments in 3D printing business
HENKEL
Additive manufacturing partnerships with Carbon and HP
EOS
3D printer manufacturing expansion in Germany
LYONDELLBASELL
Plastics recycling joint venture with Suez begins in the Netherlands
GORENJE
Slovenian home appliance manufacturer is divesting recycling subsidiary
ALPLA
Renewable energy halves carbon dioxide emissions of rPET at Austrian recycling plant
CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Far-reaching EU packaging directives poised for adoption / Lengthy transition periods for recycling
CARBIOS
French bioplastics specialist unveils new PET recycling process
PANDA
Dublin-based recycling firm builds new plant in UK / Irish red tape cited as reason to set up in Corby
AQUAFIL
Initial operations at US carpet recycling facility / Recycled PA destined for Slovenian plant
TRIOPLAST
Nordic investor Altor to acquire Swedish PE film manufacturer / Management to hold a share
CONSTANTIA FLEXIBLES
Austrian flexible packaging firm dips into India for a second time / Deal to buy Kolkata-based Creative Polypack
EUROPEAN TUBES MARKET
Production up 2% in 2017 / Outlook positive, with stable demand
PLASTIC CARRIER BAGS
Study finds lightweight LDPE bags have lowest environmental impact / Independent life cycle assessment in Denmark
PLASTICS INDUSTRY
Global polymer material output rises 4% to 280m t in 2016 / EU's resins exports stagnating / European converters hold their ground / PlasticsEurope report
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Date of print: 26/04/2018
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