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PIE issue 1017
YEAR IN REVIEW 2018
A look back on the year's top stories for the plastics industry
BOREALIS
PP increase planned in Belgium / Beringen facilities to be converted to "Borstar" and expanded
TOTAL CORBION PLA
Start-up of commercial PLA plant in Thailand / Boost to global output by nearly 50%
COVESTRO
Increase in aniline production for MDI / Second facility planned in Antwerp
BIESTERFELD
Distribution of Solvay's sulfone polymers in Switzerland
ALBIS PLASTIC
“Solplast” portfolio extended by halogen-free flame-retardant TPE
VELOX
Composites distribution agreement with Ashland expands into Nordic region
ULTRAPOLYMERS
European distribution of post-consumer recycled polyolefins from QCP
LOOP INDUSTRIES
Multi-year rPET supply agreements with Coca-Cola and PepsiCo / Chemical recycler's net loss widens in H1 2018
CARBIOS / KEM ONE
Collaboration on chemical recycling of PET / Demonstration plant construction in France's "Chemical Valley" to start in 2019
CLARIANT / NESTE
Pact for sustainable polyolefin materials produced from renewable hydrocarbons
MARINE LITTER
Greenpeace's global plastics pollution audit identifies top brands / Coca-Cola world's worst offender / PS and PET most common plastic waste
EU PLASTICS STRATEGY
European Commission receives over 60 voluntary pledges / Companies and industry associations commit to plastics recycling
TURKEY
Plastic construction materials dogged by low prices / Imports clearly outpace exports / Domestic building activity rising
CHINA
"The world is about cooperation" / Adsale chairman Stanley Chu on US-China trade war / Chinese move to technological innovations will help domestic growth
PLASTICS RECYCLING
Taiwan restricting imports of plastics waste
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend December 2018: Hefty price cuts with all polymers after triple-digit fall in olefin and SM reference prices / Producers nevertheless improve margins
POLYMER PRICES
Composites/GRP November 2018: Resins slip / More downward momentum likely / Demand from all but automotive holds up / Glass fibre unchanged
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane Feedstocks December 2018: Isocyanates price slide halted / Weak demand across the board / Downwards into January / Polyols under pressure
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate December 2018: Slight price changes, if any / Modest discounts only for rLDPE and rPP / Restrained demand ahead of holiday shutdowns / No significant movements foreseeable
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Polyolefin notations looking to bottom out
POLYMER PRICES
Russia November 2018: Market shifts down a gear / Demand significantly more subdued
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics November 2018: Prices of most types nosedive / SM notations hit record low for the year / Impacts from global market unease and weak oil prices / Mostly low demand projected for December
POLYMER PRICES
North America November 2018: PE weakens / PP falls sharply / PS and PVC stagnating / Engineering plastics prices erode / Only PA 6.6 still in short supply / Further reductions in December
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics November 2018: Feedstocks and polymers head downwards / Impacts from falling crude oil prices / Low demand across the board / Downtrends projected for ABS, PA 6.6 and PMMA in December
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
“Formnext” trade fair showcases advancing technology / Increasing use in production / Plastics still most common material / Further success depends on material availability and costs
BASF
New alliances in the 3D printing market / Collaborations in UK, China and US
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Date of print: 21/02/2019
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