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PIE issue 1061
POLYURETHANE
Supply situation for TDI and polyols critical / “Tremendous procurement problems” for processors / Hardly any imports due to shutdowns of US plants
POLYURETHANE MARKET
EMEA production to fall nearly 16% this year / Fastest growth expected in Central Europe / IAL Consultants study
UPDATE - PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
PVC: Kem One and Shin-Etsu declare forces majeures / Supply tightness takes on dramatic forms
PVC
China initiates anti-dumping investigation into US-made PVC / US, Taiwan, Japan main import sources
SABIC
Sale of high-performance polymers likely / Fundamental restructuring / PC to remain in group / Company denies report of sale / Spanish PEI production moves to Singapore
COVESTRO
Agreement to buy DSM's coating resins business / Company lauds deal as part of long-term growth strategy
BASF
Huge Q3 net loss on impairments / Margin pressure expected to continue
EMS
Q3 order situation improves significantly / Q3 sales down 13.3% and organic sales growth shrinks 8.7%
SASOL
Follow-up: Future European polyolefin distribution by LyondellBasell / Hardly any South African grades
OYAK
Akdeniz Kimya and Chemson merge / New entity said to be world's largest PVC stabiliser company
LIFOCOLOR
Investment at headquarters plant / French unit to double capacity
IKA WOLFEN
Change in ownership of PVC stabiliser producer / Former Chemson manager Hofer buys into company
NORDMANN
Distribution partnership with Repol extended to whole of Europe
LEHMANN & VOSS
New business line for additives
BOREALIS
Launch of new polyolefin products using renewable feedstock / Collaboration with Menshen on new packaging closures made from polyolefin-based waste streams
BRASKEM
Commercial production begins at new Texas PP plant
NATUREWORKS
Technology measures to hike Blair PLA capacity by 10% / Plans for second plant in US / Commitment to sustainability certification
EU PLASTICS TAX
Parliament green-lights planned levy / Next step is ratification at national level
ITALY
Introduction of plastics tax in January 2021 increasingly unlikely / Trade associations warn of double burden
US RECYCLING
California passes first US recycled-content law for beverage bottles / Containers need 15% reclaim content by 2022
PLASTICS WASTE
Study says global brands undershooting plastics reduction goals / Coca-Cola and Unilever reiterate commitment to targets
POLYMER PRICES
Standard thermoplastics trend October 2020: Prices for PE film grades fall slightly / PP outages unable to hold up prices / PVC continues upward trend / Demand generally poor for the time of year / Outlook points to stability
POLYMER PRICES
Standard recyclate October 2020: Discounts on rLDPE and rPET / Other grades remain stable / Demand still mostly subdued / Price pressure in the weeks to come most likely for rHDPE pipes and rPET
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering recyclate October 2020: Prices stay put in October / First signs of a possible move to lift prices for some polycarbonate and polyamide materials / Demand mostly modest
SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Notations trending downwards due to weak demand
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane feedstocks October 2020: A scramble for isocyanates and polyols / Demand clearly exceeds supply / Bottlenecks expected well into November
POLYMER PRICES
Russia September 2020: Price increases across all segments / Record notations for polystyrene
POLYMER PRICES
China standard thermoplastics September 2020: Prices of most polymers pick up / Revival in demand and supply bottlenecks are main drivers / Commissioning of new polyethylene lines in October / Prices expected to move mostly sideways
POLYMER PRICES
North America September 2020: Price explosion in polyolefins, PVC, ABS and PA 6 / Hurricanes drive up prices / PS, PC and PA 6.6 more relaxed / Situation expected to calm down in October with the exception of PE
POLYMER PRICES
China engineering thermoplastics September 2020: Increase in prices of most engineering thermoplastics / Recovering demand / Lower inventory levels
PLASTICS RECYCLING EUROPE
PolyCert Europe seeks EU-wide quality compliance rules and alignment of reclaim-use standards for plastics processing
PLASTICS RECYCLING EUROPE
EuPC and Circularise partner to develop systems for tracking plastics and monitoring recyclates / Group seeks prototype testers
COMPOSITES RECYCLING
Research project seeks new method for recycling composite waste
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