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PIE issue 1077
TURKEY
Processed polymer volume declined in 2020 / Packaging and white goods make up ground / Positive but shaky outlook for 2021 / Associations vehemently oppose import ban on plastic waste from Europe
LOGISTICS
“Are our Christmas presents at risk?” / Coronavirus outbreaks in China trigger further rises in freight rates
RAW MATERIALS
Follow-up: Even more German builders report supply shortages in May / Construction companies see stagnant growth in 2021
ORBIA
PVC compounder Alphagary to acquire stake in Indian competitor / Group benefits from high PVC prices
CLARIANT
Pigments business to be merged with Heubach Group / Current owner to hold 20% in combined company
SINOCHEM / CHEMCHINA
Merger creates world's largest chemical company / New firm has resin production capacity of nearly 11m t/y
UPDATE - INDORAMA
PET world market leader buys recycling capacity from CarbonLite insolvency estate in Texas
IMCD
Acquisition of Chinese distributor Shanghai Yuanhe Chemicals
REPSOL
Additional advanced materials for 3D printing
COVESTRO
Glass-fibre filled rPET for 3D printing / Material comes from purchase of DSM assets
BILLERUDKORSNÄS
3D-formable paper to replace plastic in tube packaging from AISA
SABIC
Dielectric film handles high temperature and voltage / Bio-based reinforced compound targets electrical applications / Recyclability of 3D-printed scrap parts
EVONIK
3D-printable PEEK filament for medical applications / Further filaments for additive manufacturing in the pipeline
LYONDELLBASELL
Commercial production with feedstock made from plastic waste
BOREALIS
Lower carbon footprint with 'Bornewables' PP – study / Expansion of anti-pollution project in Indonesia
GRUPA AZOTY
Pilot plant for thermoplastic starch / Plans to scale up production
PLASTICS WASTE
Study says 20 plastics producers make more than half of all SUP material / US industry group assails report's bias / Both parties call for circular economy
PVC RECYCLING
VinylPlus reclaims over 730,000 t in Europe in 2020 / Progress in cutting carbon emissions and energy consumption / Sustainability commitments to 2030 to be unveiled at annual forum
EPS RECYCLING
Dutch pilot plant to open in mid-June
PLASTICS RECYCLING SPAIN
New line for PP, PS recycling / EU-funded project with pan-European partners
PLASTICS RECYCLING ITALY
Plastics collection for sorting up 4% in 2020 / Polarisation between north and south
POLYMER PRICES
Standard thermoplastics trend June 2021: Surge of massive price rises loses momentum / Styrenics already moving downwards / Initial signs of improved supply situation with PE and PP / PVC, EVA and EPS still short
POLYMER PRICES
Standard recyclate June 2021: High purchase costs and strong demand fuel new record highs / Upward momentum clearly weakens in July / Plateau emerging
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering recyclate June 2021: Prices continue to climb amid strong demand / Recyclers search desperately for substitute sources of base material / Holiday period will ease the pressure only slightly
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane feedstocks June 2021: MDI still climbing / TDI eases for the first time since June 2020 / Order volume uneven by geography and application / MDI may decline in July
POLYMER PRICES
Composites/GRP May 2021: Resins still upwardly mobile / High prices curb demand sharply / Converters order bare minimum / Some glass fibre products see steep hikes
POLYMER PRICES
North America May 2021: Notations race from one high to the next / Product shortages everywhere / Numerous forces majeures still in place / Benzene price gives reason for hope / Only PS situation likely to improve in June
POLYMER PRICES
China standard thermoplastics May 2021: Most prices come down in overall well-supplied market / Several PE units start production / June seen sideways to lower / Only PET expected to move up
POLYMER PRICES
Russia May 2021: Plateauing predominates / Notations falling for the first time / Supply bottleneck driving PVC further up / Overall demand average / Supply situation with thin imports in most cases
POLYMER PRICES
China engineering thermoplastics May 2021: Prices mixed as availibility varies / POM increases significantly, PBT plummets / June expected to see declines mostly
SINGLE-USE PLASTICS
Commission publishes guidance on SUP rules / Criticism from EuPC / Adoption of Implementing Decision on fishing gear
POLYMERS FOR EUROPE ALLIANCE
Voting open for sixth “Best Polymer Producers Awards” / Delivery reliability to be key criterion
VINYL FILMS AND SHEETS EUROPE
Completion of project to develop heel mats from recycled PVC
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