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PIE issue 1005
STYRENE
Sharp rise in price volatility since 2015 / Market turmoil batters traditional trade structures / New Chinese capacities loom / Europe's importance shrinks
INTERVIEW
"Enormous competitive advantage" through the use of shale gas / Steve Harrington, head of Ineos Styrolution's styrene business, talks about expansion plans and prospects for the industry
MITSUI CHEMICALS
Japanese plastics company establishes European compounding base in the Netherlands / Start-up in 2020
SIRMAX
Italian compounder doubles capacity in Poland / EUR 30m investment / Addition of TPE compounds
RADICI
Polyamide producer riding the surge in demand / Expansion of Italian compounding plants
BERTSCHI
Successful opening of plastics import hub in Antwerp / Chevron Phillips welcomes container concept
ALBIS
Distribution of “Purell” polyolefins for Basell Orlen in Poland
AECTRA PLASTICS
Distribution of Sabic's polyolefins in France
BIESTERFELD
TPU collaboration with BASF extended
GREIF
Multi-million euro IBC facility opens in Netherlands / Ideal for Benelux-based customers
RPC
Sales and profit last year gained due to acquisitions / Plans to divest non-core businesses this year
ALPLA
Plastic packaging plant planned in US
PLASTIC PACKAGING
Active and intelligent packaging to see healthy growth through 2023 / Emergence of cost-competitive intelligent technologies will boost global demand / Smithers Pira report
UK PLASTICS INDUSTRY
More than 60 firms sign up to "UK Plastics Pact" / Plastics waste initiative led by Wrap / First global network of this kind / Supported by Ellen MacArthur Foundation and BPF
FRANCE
Nation-wide circular economy plan released / Aim to recycle all plastics by 2025 / Elipso remains highly engaged
CIRCULAR ECONOMY ITALY
Further steps towards EU plastics strategy / New forum for recycling quality
SERBIA
Government voices support for plastic carrier bag fees and possible ban / Steps to reduce post-consumer waste
CROATIA
Waste management plan with 2020 target proving difficult / Chamber of commerce holds waste and recycling symposium / Importance of separating secondary raw materials
POLYMER PRICES
North America May 2018: PP trending up in radical turnaround / PE remains surprisingly stable notwithstanding historic C2 lows / PS and PVC on downtrend / Engineering plastics stable / C3 price explosion coming in June
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics May 2018: Shortage of supply and strong bottled beverage market lead to skyrocketing PET prices / Notations of all standard plastics increase / Volume of imported PE projected to remain at high levels in June
PA 6.6
BASF declares force majeure for entire product chain
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics May 2018: PMMA skyrockets / Seasonal price increases for ABS, PA 6.6, PBT and POM / PA 6 notations decrease on low demand / Several plant turnarounds in May and June
STYRENE
SM-purchasing firms suspected of violating EU antitrust rules / European Commission confirms unannounced inspections in several countries
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend June 2018: Higher feedstock costs drive up all polymer notations / Price speculation dampens demand / Producers not prepared to make further concessions
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate June 2018: Prices largely sideways / Hikes only for rPET and rHDPE blow moulding grades / Demand up slightly / Costlier virgin material will drive rPP
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Polyolefins trading prices still influenced by the previously firm feedstock prices
POLYMER PRICES
Composites/GRP May 2018: Resins still on a rollercoaster ride / SM reverses course after dip / Glass fibre products may gain some momentum in Q3
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Recyclate June 2018: Bottleneck for rPA 6.6 dogs market / Dramatic hikes / rPC consistently tight / Demand still lively / More increases sure to come in July
NPE 2018
US plastics show sets exhibitor and space record / Strong economic backdrop / Recycling plays prominent role / Orlando remains the venue until 2027
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Date of print: 20/08/2018
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