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PIE issue 1006
POLYMER PRICES
Base Petrochemicals, Aromatics and Feedstocks: June / July 2018
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene June 2018: Producers still finding it difficult to factor in costs / Critical margin thresholds evidently reached / Attitudes harden / Fierce battles over stability likely in July
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene June 2018: Cost pass-through for standard grades fails / Distributors seize chance / Compounds rise ahead of summer lull / July notations likely stable
POLYMER PRICES
PVC June 2018: Producers have to accept margin losses / Demand still too weak for costs to be passed on / Virtually no positive momentum in July either
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics June 2018: Producers fail to meet pricing targets / Purchasers prove to be highly resistant / Price increases largely remain below cost increases / SM reference trending down / Discounts likely
POLYMER PRICES
PET June 2018: Market characterised by turbulence / Supply shortfall driving trading prices to unprecedented heights / Contract prices following with big hikes / No easing in sight
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics June 2018: Market remains stable at high level / ABS and PP compounds move up / Dark clouds hang over PA 6.6 again / Storm continues / POM under upward pressure
LYONDELLBASELL
Exclusive talks with Braskem owner confirmed / Combination could create “significant value”
ARKEMA
Strike paralyses production in France / PVC production at Kem One also affected
BASF
In-depth investigation of Solvay transaction / EU fears "control of PA 6.6 production chain"
INEOS STYROLUTION
New ABS production line planned in France / Expected to be operational in Q1 2020
INDORAMA VENTURES
Restart of 540,000 t/y PET plant in Egypt / Joint venture with India's Dhunseri
BOREALIS
Plastics recycling capacity expansion in Germany / Further investment in 2018
RECYCLING TECHNOLOGIES
UK chemical recycling firm and Singapore's Interchem link on solutions for waste plastic
VOLVO
Plans to use 25% recycled plastics in new cars from 2025
RKW
Films manufacturer increases capacities in China and Germany / Agricultural films expansion planned in Belgium
NOVIO PACKAGING
Dutch holding company takes over Haal Verpakkingen
SRF
New BOPET film factory in Hungary / Investments pegged at EUR 60m
PIBIPLAST
Sale of major portions of the Italian packaging manufacturer
UNITED CAPS
Investments of around EUR 20m for a new UK plant / R&D centre in France expanded
BIO-BASED POLYMERS
Moderate growth to continue worldwide / Forecast of 10% CAGR for capacities in Europe by 2022 / nova-Institut report
BIOPLASTICS
Consumer awareness advancing significantly / Global revenues could grow by more than 5% over next three years / US Plastics Industry Association report
INDIA
Ban on single-use plastics from 2022 / “CleanSeas” campaign and clean up of historic monuments / Reports spotlight waste management successes and setbacks
SOUTH KOREA
Steps taken to cut plastic waste volumes / Move follows China's ban on waste imports / Production of coloured PET bottles to stop by 2020
INTERVIEW
“A PET bottle doesn't leap into the ocean all by itself” / IK managing director Ulf Kelterborn on the German discussion about plastic packaging
PLASTIC PACKAGING
Flexible and rigid food packaging to see healthy growth in Europe / Environmental pressure will intensify on certain sectors / Smithers Pira report
DIGITALISATION
Adoption of smart factories in the automotive sector can lead to productivity gains of USD 160 bn / OEMs lead the way / Capgemini report
© 2018 by Plastics Information Europe, Bad Homburg
Date of print: 20/08/2018
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