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PIE issue 1044
POLYMER PRICES
Base Petrochemicals, Aromatics and Feedstocks: January/February 2020
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene January 2020: Planned price hikes go up in smoke / Demand still not great / Some plants operating with reduced output / Coronavirus outbreak could hit business in China / Downtrend expected
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene January 2020: Producer price hikes mostly fall flat / Ordering surprisingly strong / Seasonal effects will boost February demand / Minimal hikes possible
POLYMER PRICES
PVC January 2020: Unexpectedly dynamic demand / Calls for increases initially come to nothing / Slight price reductions for compounds / Renewed attempts to improve margins in February
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics January 2020: Prices turn upward again / Full cost transfer for PS and ABS in most cases / Demand receives boost from inventory replenishment / Further hikes expected in February
POLYMER PRICES
PET January 2020: Prices largely stable with slight hint of firming / No impetus from either costs or demand / Hardly any change expected in February / Hopes pinned on start of season in March
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics January 2020: ABS firmer / PA 6.6, PMMA and PP compounds lower / PA 6 base polymers expected to push up compounds in the medium term / Demand slowly recovers
ORBIA
Previous Mexichem group analysing strategic alternatives for PVC division / Processing apparently not affected
GRUPA AZOTY
Polyamide compounding up and running in Poland
AKRO-PLASTIC
Groundbreaking ceremony for compounding plant in China / Production expected to start in 2021
SABIC
Swiss DKSH is distributor for high-performance polymers in China, South Korea and Southeast Asia
BIESTERFELD
Distribution of DuPont's polymers in CIS region
OMYA ALGOL
Distribution of Sukano's masterbatches in Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia
KOMPUESTOS
Spanish compounder adds production line / Total capacity now over 220,000 t/y
SILGAN
Binding offer to acquire dispensing business from Albéa for USD 900m / Pumps and caps for global beauty markets
MACFARLANE
Third takeover of a protective packaging specialist in a year
REYNOLDS CONSUMER PRODUCTS
Packaging group launches initial public offering on Nasdaq / IPO could raise at least USD 1.18 bn
COCA-COLA
Customers like using plastic bottles, says sustainability head at WEF / New partnership with “Benioff Ocean Initiative” to clean up polluted rivers
NESTLE
EUR 2 bn investment plans to hike use of recycled plastics
MATTEL
Aim to use 100% recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastics by 2030
MARINE LITTER
Estimates of fishing gear pollution / Some data gaps for Africa, Asia and South America / Stronger ocean governance called for / EU project on information tool to reduce gear loss
REACH
ECHA adds four new SVHC candidates to list / All are used with polymers
PLASTICS AND HEALTH
EFSA updates assessment for five phthalates used in food-contact materials / “Not a concern for public health”
PVC RECYCLING
Heated debate over EU lead restriction proposals / European Parliament to vote in February
GE HEALTHCARE
3D printing centre opened in Sweden / New plant to produce single-use kits for cell processing
SONOCO
Acquisition of healthcare packaging and medical device thermoformer TEQ
GERRESHEIMER
New pharma packaging plant opens in China / Second site in India
PHILLIPS-MEDISIZE
Expansion in Denmark / New cleanroom for moulded medical devices
PLASTIFLEX
New headquarters and innovation centre opened in Belgium
TEKNI-PLEX
Medical business unit created / Colorite, Natvar and Dunn brands brought together
CHINA
Ban on single-use plastics starting in 2020 / Production of household items containing microbeads to end this year
ITALY
Plastic tax on single-use packaging set to be in effect this year
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Date of print: 30/03/2020
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