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PIE issue 1041
YEAR IN REVIEW 2019
Locking arms and looking ahead
EXXONMOBIL
US imports hit LLDPE production in Europe / Group temporarily closes down production line in France
ALPEK
EU greenlights takeover of Lotte Chemical UK
TURKEY
Rönesans signs licensing deal for USD 1.4 bn PP production site in Ceyhan / Honeywell UOP and LyondellBasell technology
MERAXIS
Marketing of CPE's recycled polyolefins across Europe
BRENNTAG
Distribution of Grupa Azoty plasticisers in German-speaking Europe
BODO MÖLLER
Distribution of Sanitized antimicrobials extended for Eastern Europe / Afcona's additives now available in Nordic region
DSM
North America distribution agreement with Nexeo Plastics
BÜFA
Distribution of Covestro's “Maezio” unidirectional tapes for thermoplastic composites
ARMACELL
Takeover of flexible foam manufacturer by PAI Partners and Lego owner Kirkbi
HIRSCH POROZELL
Integration of IsoBouw / Six plants for EPS insulation in Germany
ALWITRA
Flat roof specialist to be taken over by French private equity firm Naxicap
ESSENTRA EXTRUSION
Renaming after acquisition by Inter Primo
SIKA
Swiss building materials group acquires Romanian producer of EPS insulation sheets
CONTINENTAL
Takeover of Italian hose manufacturer Merlett completed
INDORAMA
Green Fiber International acquired / Further expansion in PET recycling
VANDEN
Global expansion continues with new Dubai location / Aim to buy recycled plastic resins from GCC
NESTE / RAVAGO
New chemical recycling partnership / Belgian partner adds geographical reach
FRANCE
More plastic packaging made from recycled polymers in 2019 / Elipso survey
BEWISYNBRA
Recyclable EPS introduced following successful trials / Commercial deliveries to begin early 2020
ESSEL PROPACK
Launch of two recyclable HDPE tubes / APR certified
JSP
EPP particle foam with recycled content / Same mechanical properties as virgin material
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend December 2019: Polyolefin notations unchanged / Styrenics lose ground / Slack demand in short production month / Price stability or softening expected as year-end approaches
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate December 2019: Sliding virgin material prices depress prices for pure grades / Oversupply for almost all grades / Demand ebbs at the end of the year / Hardly any change in January
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Recyclate December 2019: Prices down for nearly all regrind types / Significantly weaker demand at year-end / Nevertheless surprisingly strong order-book situation for January and February
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Good supply and weak demand continue to depress polyolefin prices
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane Feedstocks December 2019: Isocyanates and polyols plunge / Market oversupply meets weak demand / Outlook sobering
POLYMER PRICES
Russia November 2019: Slumps for many grades / Mostly very low demand / PET, PP and PS show more resilience in some areas / Further declines expected in December
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics November 2019: Downtrend continues for most polymer notations / Safety regulations impact domestic PVC producers / Low demand and some further decreases expected in December
POLYMER PRICES
North America November 2019: Prices down across the board / Trade conflict and weak domestic demand have negative effect / As yet no impact on prices after explosion in Texas / Year expected to end on a low due to upcoming holidays
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics November 2019: Domestic polycarbonate notations soar while PA 6 heads downwards / Several plants lower operating rates
MANAGEMENT
Payment risk in German automotive industry worsens / Margins fall due to higher material and labour costs / Stiff competition challenges SMEs / More European supplier insolvencies expected / Atradius “Market Monitor” 2019
MANAGEMENT
Rising costs and weak profitability greatest challenges for European SMEs / Hong Kong most worried about global economic health / Two surveys identify key warning signs pre bankruptcy
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