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PIE issue 1002
POLYMER PRICES
Base Petrochemicals, Aromatics and Feedstocks: April / May 2018
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene April 2018: Most attempts to pass on higher costs fail / Pipe grades are exception / Film segment characterised by surplus / Producers likely to call for higher increases in May due to rise in C2 reference
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene April 2018: Most producers unable to pass on cost rise / Soft demand at Easter / Weakness in demand could persist in May / C3 surge will boost polymer
POLYMER PRICES
PVC April 2018: For base grades and compounds, pro-rata cost increases were passed on in most cases / Situation for additives has calmed / Pastes buoyed by good demand / Continued uptrend expected in May
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics April 2018: Significant decrease of SM ends uptrend / Three-digit reductions on PS and EPS / Processors reluctant to order / Further reductions likely in May
POLYMER PRICES
PET April 2018: Notations rising sharply / Supply restrictions for PTA hampering supply / Imports still thin on the ground / Hot weather also driving demand / Further increases possible in May
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics April 2018: Upturn continues / Tough quarterly negotiations drag on / Many types stagnate due to lack of orientation / Faster rises expected in May
ETHYLENE
First major cracker complex based on US ethane planned on east coast of China
SHALE GAS
Glitches shut US pipeline and terminal / Ethane exports in limbo
INTERVIEW
PIE talks to Sergey Komyshan, executive director at Sibur / Polyolefins and chemicals complexes to extend output for Russian market and beyond
SAMAC
Commercial production of MMA and PMMA begins in Saudi Arabia
PETRO RABIGH
Rabigh phase 2 project fully operational / On-spec production at aromatics and EPDM units
TOTAL
New USD 5 bn Saudi petchems jv agreed / Cracker output of 1.5m t/y
SAUDI ARAMCO
Preparations for launching petrochemicals activities in US / Mammoth refinery project planned in India
TURKEY
Strong economic start to year / Highly dependent on plastics imports / Polymer consumption expected to reach over 9m t in 2018
PLASTICS RECYCLING
EU waste exports to China plummet / Southeast Asia takes up some slack / Strong Chinese demand for high-quality recyclates drives prices up
CIRCULAR ECONOMY
EU parliament nods off on commission's plans / Farther-reaching rules ahead
UNITED CAPS
Acquisition of Embalatap to strengthen presence in Spanish edible oils market
WEENER PLASTICS
Packaging supplier acquires bottle manufacturer Artpack in Russia
CONSTANTIA FLEXIBLES
Plans to expand production of plastic toppers in Poland
COVERIS
Packaging group agrees on billion-dollar deal / Sale of Americas business to TC Transcontinental
ONGROPACK
Processing plant inaugurated in Hungary / Film and packaging manufacturer to double output
PLASTICS PACKAGING
German industry expects strong Q2 / Recycling becoming important matter for customers
CAPS AND CLOSURES
Demand to grow 4.1% annually to 2021 / Popularity of bottled water is main driver / Sustained growth in medical packaging market / Freedonia report
AGRICULTURAL FILMS
Global greenhouse films market forecast for expansion to 2025 / Asia-Pacific region expected to keep its lead / TM Research
AGRICULTURAL FILMS RECYCLING
German initiative increases collection volume by 30.5%
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Date of print: 21/06/2018
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