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PIE issue 1067
RECYCLING
(Petro)chemical instead of mechanical – or perhaps in addition to? / The future of material recycling for plastic packaging / Pyrolysis, solvolysis and other methods at a glance
RECYCLING
Analysis of chemical recycling's potential / Pros and cons versus mechanical route / Smithers report
BEVERAGE CARTONS
Recycling rate of multi-layer packaging formats dips when calculated using new EU rules / EU guidance to come into force in June 2022 / Research commissioned by Zero Waste Europe
BASF
Closure of “Ultramid” compounding plant at Leuna / Concentration at three sites
ASCEND
Acquisition of French compounder Eurostar Engineering Plastics
ORBIA
PVC unit said to be up for sale / Reports of advanced talks with US investment group Apollo
DOMO CHEMICALS
Sale of last Italian polyamide film plant to Jindal / Focus on polymers and compounds
NOVAMONT
Construction of FDCA monomer pilot plant for bioplastics / Material is a precursor for PEF
CHINA
Shandong Chengtai starts construction of new MMA plant / Expansive capacity buildup in China
SINOPEC
Construction for EUR 444m large tow carbon-fibre plant begins in China
VENATOR
Titanium-dioxide manufacturer wants to shut down production facilities in Germany / 280 jobs affected
INEOS
BP aromatics and acetyls buy completed / Deal creates two new subsidiaries
MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL
Subsidiaries in Germany, UK, US to be integrated at national level / Effective from 1 April 2021
PACKAGING RECYCLING AUSTRIA
Coronavirus pressures 2020 results / Plastics packaging shows 1% increase / Stable tariffs
SWITZERLAND
Parliament discusses tax on single-use plastic packaging / Action called for in 2025
LIQUIBOX
New state-of-the-art factory opens in Spain to meet rising EU demand
BERLIN PACKAGING
Packaging manufacturer strengthens plastics division in Southern Europe / Acquisition of Repli and Penta Packaging
HUBER PACKAGING
Mexico's Envases Group acquires German packaging specialist
ETIMAG
Turkish label maker forms subsidiary / Purchase of Brückner system for shrink film production
VISCOFAN
Joint development of recyclate-based multilayer sausage film / Cooperation with Cepsa, DSM, Fibrant and Sabic
POLYMER PRICES
Standard thermoplastics trend January 2021: Cracker outages and limitations with downstream PE products drive up prices / Lack of imports for blow moulding and pipe materials / Further increases before end of month
POLYMER PRICES
Standard recyclate January 2021: Prices mostly on the upswing / Tailwind from increasing virgin material prices and growing demand / Recyclers aim for further price increases in February
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering recyclates January 2021: Considerable hikes across the board / Tight primary markets creating a shortage of base materials / Good demand expected to result in considerable price hikes
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
All types stronger at the beginning of the year / Boost for LDPE films continues
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane feedstocks January 2021: Fresh price surge for MDI / Peak for TDI in sight / Tight polyols dog converters / Upswing could end in February
POLYMER PRICES
North America December 2020: High feedstock prices, tight supply situation and recovery tendency in plastics processing combine to drive up prices / Significant increases with few exceptions / Tension unlikely to ease
POLYMER PRICES
China standard thermoplastics December 2020: PVC and PET prices increase substantially / Other prices mixed / Low seasonal demand / Weaker notations expected in January
POLYMER PRICES
Russia December 2020: Notations rise for almost all polymer types / Domestic prices at export level / Further increases likely for January
POLYMER PRICES
China engineering thermoplastics December 2020: Average prices mostly higher / PA 6.6 skyrockets / Demand softens at the year's end / Notations expected to fall
PLASTICS WASTE
New rules on exports from the EU in effect / Notification required for shipping hazardous material / Amendment to Basel Convention
PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
PlasticsEurope and EuPC collaborate on zero-pellet-loss certification scheme / Report analyses progress of sustainability projects
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Date of print: 25/02/2021
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