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PIE issue 1027
AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
Global prospects for 2019 at best subdued / Job losses and plant closures expected / European manufacturers face big decisions
POLYMER PRICES
Composites/GRP April 2019: Resins prices start to rise / Automotive demand still weak / Glass fibre notations unchanged
AUTOMOTIVE PLASTICS RECYCLING
Renault seeks improved PP recycling / Research into alternatives to density separation / Veolia Institute report
EVONIK
Withdrawal from PPA business / German plant to close / Focus on polyamide 12
RADICI
PA compounding activities in the Netherlands to be relocated to Germany and Italy
OMV
Partnership with Borealis extended in Austria / Synergies for “ReOil” chemical recycling plant
EXXONMOBIL
Doubling of TPE production capacity in UK completed / New US facility for TPO and LAO
POLYONE
US compounder withdraws exhibitor stand at "K" / Selection of targeted rather than general events
BASF
New "Verbund" site in Zhanjiang to include polyamide and TPU facilities / Additional information surfaces
POLYMER PRICES
North America April 2019: Polyolefins tend sideways to firmer / PVC affected by weak demand / PS moves in line with rising costs / Most engineering plastics roll over / Tension eases with PA 6.6
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics April 2019: PVC shoots upward / Deadly explosion in Inner Mongolia and safety inspections at plants / Higher prices of imported PP and HDPE
POLYMER PRICES
Russia April 2019: Continuing subdued demand results in largely stagnating notations / No substantial change in sight
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics April 2019: Most notations decrease / PC, PA 6.6 and PMMA pointing downwards in May
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Temporary easing in May after uplift
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate May 2019: Increasing prices predominate / Only opaque grades and rPET remain in rollover / Demand driven by virgin materials and seasonal effects / Further hikes to also predominate in June
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Recyclate May 2019: Secondary market quiet / Recycled PP compounds an exception / Demand improves slowly / Little change likely in June
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend May 2019: Producers' hopes of significant margin gains are not fulfilled / Demand remains too subdued for large increases
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Olefins: Sabic declares force majeure on production from "Olefins 4" cracker in Geleen / Unknown impact on PE and PP production
GLOBAL PLASTICS RECYCLING
Greenpeace report shows US, Japan and Germany were top exporters of plastics scrap 2018 / Norway proposal under discussion at UN Basel Convention meeting
INTERVIEW
Circulate Capital's April Crow talks to PIE about investment opportunities for reducing marine litter in Asia / India is favourable to funders / "Growing urgency to identify and invest in solutions"
MARINE LITTER
Circulate Capital issues guide to aid investors in fighting plastics pollution / Focus on South and Southeast Asia / Investment opportunities in waste management and recycling
MARINE LITTER
UK university heads global plastics pollution study / Focus on microplastics in rivers and estuaries / Initial results find diverse types
MARINE LITTER
Study analyses plastics pollution along Spanish coast / PE, PP and PS were most abundant microplastics / Barcelona plans "zero waste" strategy
TURKEY
PVC consumption heavily reliant on imports / Domestic production from sole plant in Aliaga
© 2019 by Plastics Information Europe, Bad Homburg
Date of print: 17/06/2019
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