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PIE issue 1029
CHINAPLAS 2019
Record number of visitors at Guangzhou venue / Strong focus on innovations in digitisation and e-cars / Trade dispute with US casts a shadow
CHINA
Plans to add major new PP capacities in the next two years / Significant reduction of import dependency expected
LYONDELLBASELL
Talks to acquire Braskem ended / Plans to expedite share repurchase programme
CLARIANT
New plant for black masterbatches in southern China
INEOS
Three new plants at "Jubail 2" / First investment in the Middle East / MoU signed with Saudi Aramco and Total
DSM
New thermoplastic copolyester line starts up at Emmen
EMS
PPA capacity to be boosted again / Increased "Grivory HT" production from April 2020
BIOPLASTICS
EUBP disputes basis of UK plastic bag study / Results throw doubt on biodegradability performance / Need for clearer labelling and certification
PREGIS
Change of private equity owner agreed / Olympus sells out to Warburg Pincus
RENOLIT
New joint venture for decorative PVC film in China
LIQUI-BOX
Owner Olympus plans merger with DS Smith's plastic packaging activities / Investor acquires US tank manufacturer
MONDI
Flexible packaging from post-consumer plastics
TURKEY
Deposit-return system for PET bottles starting in 2021 / Plastics industry concerned that beverage market could shrink
VERSALIS
New PE packaging from post-consumer waste / Partnership with Italian recycler Montello
CARBIOS / L'ORÉAL
PepsiCo, Suntory and Nestlé join recycling consortium / Technology scale-up to produce rPET bottles
INEOS STYROLUTION
Pact with Canada's GreenMantra on PS recycling
PLASTICS RECYCLING USA
Potential economic impact of expanding chemical recycling estimated at USD 10 bn / American Chemistry Council welcomes Texas legislation / PET bottle recycling remains low
POLYMER PRICES
North America May 2019: Polyolefins tend sideways to firmer / PVC and PS roll over / Most engineering thermoplastics move sideways / Markets suffer from trade disputes and automotive slowdown
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics May 2019: Price decreases in most standard thermoplastics / Low demand / High supply
POLYMER PRICES
Russia May 2019: Overall market still quite weak / Only PVC shows slight upward movement
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics May 2019: Price decreases in all engineering thermoplastics / Low demand / High supply
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend June 2019: Pressure on prices constantly rising / Polyolefins and PVC nevertheless remain stable in first third of month / Styrenics plummet along with SM / Subdued demand dominates the scene
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate June 2019: Prices largely unmodified despite increased purchasing costs / At most pro rata cost transfers / Significant discounts on rPET clear and rPET flakes clear
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane Feedstocks June 2019: Producers drive TDI up despite slack demand / MDI firms noticeably / Ordering still quiet / Turnarounds approach
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Polyolefin notations fall in an uncertain global situation
POLYMER PRICES
Composites/GRP May 2019: Resins upswing continues in May / SM's price drop in June will create massive pressure / Demand still mostly weak
PLASTICS WASTE
Associations criticise new export regulations / Collapse of international trade feared / Intra-EU waste streams may face new hurdles / European exports continue to slide
WORLD TRADE
Trade war leads to plummeting US polymer exports to China / Imports to Europe continue to grow / EU considers imposing punitive tariffs on US plastics
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Date of print: 20/08/2019
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