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PIE issue 987
AUSTRIA
Exports drive plastics processing segment / Strong domestic demand from construction since start of 2017 / Lively automotive demand expected in the long term / Margin pressure likely
BASF
Takeover of Solvay's polyamide business / PA 6.6 segment to be strengthened
INEOS
Plans for new European VAM plant / Ethylene debottlenecking provides advantage
INVISTA
CTCI named preferred engineering contractor for PTA / Extended collaboration
DOWDUPONT
Readjustment of DuPont's polymers to Specialty Products / Materials Science division thinned out
CLARIANT
Additives division continues to invest in China / Joint venture with Tiangang / New plant near Beijing to start production in 2019 / Merger with Huntsman on schedule
GLOBAL ISPAT KOKSNA
Bosnians planning to expand production of maleic anhydride
PERSTORP
Upgrade for caprolactone plant in the UK
EMERALD PERFORMANCE MATERIALS
Additives business now part of Emerald Kalama Chemical / Wendy Herbst takes over management
ZEPPELIN
Construction of world's largest tyre recycling plant begins in USA / Recovered carbon black from used tyres
PHILLIPS CARBON BLACK
Indian carbon black producer expands capacity
AMPACET
New masterbatch plant opened in Australia
CHINA
Many "teapot" refineries and petrochemical lines forced to close in Shandong region / Reopening subject to strict conditions
KENYA
Launch of wide-sweeping plastic bag ban / Draconian penalties for use / Other African countries to follow
PLASTICS RECYCLING EUROPE
Recycled films affected by degradable plastics / Waste from southern Europe has more negative impacts on quality
PET RECYCLING SCOTLAND
Bottle deposit scheme to be introduced / Move aims to reduce waste in landfills and environment
RÖCHLING
German automotive supplier puts second plant in Spain onstream / Further expansion already planned
ZF
Sale of Global Body Control Systems business to Chinese buyer / 6,000 employees and 16 automotive component sites affected worldwide
TOYODA GOSEI
Agreement to buy out partner in Brazilian car parts manufacturer / Plans for new airbag plant in Vietnam
AMCOR
Flexible packaging segment closes unprofitable factories in France
RPC
Factory expansions in Bosnia-Herzegovina and China
CONSTANTIA FLEXIBLES
Two new PE lines in Germany / Rising demand for speciality laminates / “CompresSeal” film wins German sustainability award
ALTANA
Takeover of US-based labels and packaging technologies firm / Focus on materials reduction and 3D printing
GELPACK
UK flexible packaging firm falls into administration / Coveris buys two Hosokawa Alpine coextrusion lines
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend September 2017: Prices rise on a broad front / Producers pass on their increased costs / Biggest rises with PS and EPS / Demand picks up significantly after holiday season
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane Feedstocks September 2017: MDI climbs incessantly / Global supply hit by US hurricane and refinery stoppages in China / TDI up again / Polyols stable / Trends to continue
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate September 2017: Minor price movements / rPET gains a bit / Slight discounts on rLDPE / Demand is growing / Rising virgin prices will bring an upturn in October
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Polyolefin notations clearly point upwards
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Recyclate September 2017: Recycled ABS and PP compounds up slightly / Demand grows after holiday season / Few supply restrictions / Base material remains expensive
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics August 2017: Prices up for most commodities / Supported by low supply and recovering demand / Styrene notations up after plant accident in South Korea
POLYMER PRICES
North America August 2017: Generally quiet month whirled about by Hurricane "Harvey" / First price rises reported for PE / September likely to see increases across the board / Spot markets lively as prices explode
POLYMER PRICES
Russia August 2017: Firming prices dominate picture / Further increases lined up for September
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics August 2017: Traditional off-season ends / Tight supply due to stricter environmental protection policy / Market prices went up in August
PLASTICS APPLICATIONS
Security printing market set for growth / Polymer banknotes gain credibility / Smithers Pira report
THERMOFORMING MARKET TURKEY
Plastic thermoforming materials market shrinks 8% to USD 972m despite higher volumes / PET contribution falls 7% to USD 424m / Pagev report
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Date of print: 23/10/2017
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