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PIE issue 1034
POLYMER PRICES
Base Petrochemicals, Aromatics and Feedstocks: August/September 2019
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene August 2019: Weak rollovers dominate despite small cost hike / Business a bit livelier but still slow / Lower ethylene reference for September points to price cuts
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene August 2019: Deep demand trough triggers rollover / Nowhere an impetus to buy / September C3 reference price plunges / Rebates certain
POLYMER PRICES
PVC August 2019: Producers fail to price in higher costs / Rollovers dominate with just a few exceptions / Holiday season impacts market / Cost side points to price reductions
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics August 2019: Prices trend moderately upward / SM cost increase mostly passed on partially / Weak demand during peak holiday season / Further hikes in September
POLYMER PRICES
PET August 2019: Notations continue to give way / Demand still disappointing / More favourably priced imports / Little stimulus in sight for a market revival in September
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics August 2019: Rollover domination a surprise / Market dead as a doornail / Transactions almost non-existent / Business expected to pick up in September / Heavy price pressure prevails
PET
EU imposes tariffs on PET manufactured in India
CHINA
Polyethylene imports skyrocket in first half of 2019 / Much less cargo from US amid trade war
UPDATE - WORLD TRADE
Escalation of US-China trade dispute hits plastics once more / Full product lists published
USA
Volume of goods handled in Houston harbour set to break records / Expansion investments running into billions
PETROCHEMICAL FEEDSTOCKS
New trilateral consortium aims to make crackers more sustainable / Project of EU-based petchem giants backed by national and regional governments
SP CHEMICALS
Chinese cracker now online / Ethane sourced from US
MEXICHEM
Group changes name to Orbia Advance Corporation / Strategic reorientation / Sharp drop in sales and profit / Margins slump in PET business
SAUDI ARAMCO
US arm Motiva to buy Flint Hills chemicals complex / Gulf expansion continues
DIC
Japanese group to acquire BASF's pigments business for EUR 1 bn / Ambitious medium-term growth strategy
CARBON BLACK
Regulation governing heavy fuel oil in shipping sector pushes up cost of carbon blacks and masterbatches / Cabot and Orion make price adjustments
RAUMEDIC
New additive enhances sliding properties of medical plastic components
LIFOCOLOR
Masterbatch specialist puts EUR 20m into new plant in Germany
SILVERGATE
UK masterbatch group launches colour match service for recyclate
GABRIEL-CHEMIE
Masterbatch for near-infrared sorting of black and coloured plastics
AMPACET
Blue masterbatch for post-consumer recycled plastics
POLYONE
Infrared sortable black masterbatches for packaging
MICROPLASTICS
Presence in run-off could threaten drinking water / Cautious WHO report says more data needed / Monomers leached into environment during polymerisation not primary concern
PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
UN establishes global plastics waste prevention group / Marine litter reduction the goal
MICROPLASTICS
Aimplas project to probe wastewater treatment technology in Valencia / Standardised methodology is needed
SWITZERLAND
More than 5,000 t of plastics enter the environment each year / Discharges into the soil are 40 times greater than those into freshwater / Lake Geneva heavily contaminated with macroplastics
PACKAGING
Global e-commerce growth drives packaging innovations / Integrated smart technologies could benefit customers and companies / Smithers Pira report
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Date of print: 23/10/2019
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