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PIE issue 976
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics March 2017: Prices reach their peak / All-time highs after latest SM increase / High price level dampens demand / Price correction in April / Three-digit decreases across the board anticipated
POLYMER PRICES
Polyproylene March 2017: Upward trend continues / Compounds also rise / Maintenance tightens supply slightly / Imports could bring relief / Fresh hikes in April
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene March 2017: Prices rise on a broad front / Producers win margin improvements for LDPE, LLDPE and HDPE pipe grade / Tight supply leads to first allocations / Further hikes expected to follow in April
POLYMER PRICES
PET March 2017: Slight margin improvements for producers with stagnating costs / Imports still at a low level / Lull taking hold in Asia / Upwards momentum increasingly stalling
POLYMER PRICES
PVC March 2017: Margin improvement for base material producers / Market situation tightening / Cost increase for scarce titanium dioxide drives up rigid grades still further / Continuing upwards movement
POLYMER PRICES
Base Petrochemicals, Aromatics and Feedstocks: March / April 2017
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics March 2017: Market swamped by wave of price hikes / Polyamide notations skyrocket / Further increases expected in April / Upward pressure will continue
BOREALIS
Cooperation with Nova and Total for major Texas feedstock project / Light feed cracker and PE plants
HUNTSMAN
Definitive cessation of titanium dioxide activities in Calais / PU segment posts stable result for 2016, pigments clearly stronger
KEM ONE
PVC joint venture with Chemplast Sanmar in India / Production start planned for 2019
BAKHTAR PETROCHEMICAL
Official opening of PE plant in Iran
ARKEMA
Expansion of French PEKK production completed / Plans for world-scale plant in US confirmed
A. SCHULMAN
Expansion of colour masterbatches production in Europe
CHEMSON
Austrian PVC additives manufacturer planning expansions in China and the USA
CHINA XD
Compounder's new strategic move away from weakening automotive industry / Millions to be invested in biopolymers and 3D printing
AMPACET
Capacity to be increased at two European sites / New BOPP matte masterbatch launched
CRODA
EUR 32m investment at Hull plastics additives production plant
LANXESS
Capacities for iron oxide pigments to increase in Germany and Brazil
HOLLAND COLOURS
Strategic investment to upgrade production and laboratory facilities / Projects in The Netherlands and Hungary
CHEMTURA
Expansion of distribution agreement with Azelis Americas for flame retardants
DANONE / NESTLE
More sustainable route to PET / Cooperation with California start-up in the "NaturALL Bottle Alliance"
SMURFIT KAPPA
Purchase of Portgual's Litbag / Strengthens “Bag-in-Box” business / Global growth opportunities ahead
CONSTANTIA FLEXIBLES
Romania plant to be closed / New printing technology in Belgium / Record 2016 sales surpass EUR 2 bn
RIGID PACKAGING
Global market expanding due to rising packaged food demand / Plastics accounted for 39% of market in 2015 / Grand View Research report
SPAIN
Economy continues to show solid growth / Plastics processing also on the up / Centro Español de Plásticos estimates annual turnover of EUR 14.5 bn / Positive stimulus from construction and automotive industries
PLASTICS MACHINERY GERMANY
VDMA exports data show positive 2016 / US further increased lead position / Optimistic forecast for 2017
PLASTICS MACHINERY ITALY
Production reaches EUR 4.2 bn in 2016 / Record foreign trade / Increased exports to Mexico / Assocomaplast report
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Date of print: 24/05/2017
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