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PIE issue 1025
PLASTICS ECONOMY
PIE Readers Survey: European plastics industry appears optimistic for 2019 / Almost half of respondents plan to invest more / Logistics issues a major concern / Majority expecting Brexit to impact business
UBE
Acquisition of majority stake in Spanish compounder Repol / Expansion of PA 6 business
BOREALIS
PP compounding plant starts up in US / Automotive OEMs targeted
DIC
Japanese producer to compound PPS in US / Start-up in 2020
TOTAL
PS plant in Spain to close / European consolidation continues
EVONIK
Transparent PA capacity increase in Germany
MOL
MOL acquires German compounder Aurora / Expansion of PP recycling materials
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Explosion and fire at new "Rapid" refinery in Malaysia / Start-up for polyolefins production delayed
INEOS STYROLUTION
First batch of PS from recycled styrene / Next step to take process to industrial-scale
SCHUR FLEXIBLES
Packaging manufacturer extends presence in Scandinavia / Acquisition of Scandiflex Pac
ERGIS
Polish film manufacturer reports further loss of earnings / Additional stretch film line for the Olawa plant
RKW
New extrusion line in Belgium for agriculture applications
FRANCE
Valorplast announces a record for plastic packaging recycling
AUDI
More 3D printing with plastics / Auxiliary tools for the "R8"
REPSOL
Minority stake in Spanish specialist of thermoplastic filaments / Entry into 3D printing market
SOLVAY
Expansion of high-performance polymers for 3D printing simulation / Research collaboration with Belgian start-up
UNYQ
3D-printed PA 12 prosthetic leg socket introduced / Available in Europe and North America
ITALY
Slowdown impacts consumption of polymers / Solid growth for plastics machinery sales in 2018 / Agreement with China could lead to investments in Italian ports
INTERVIEW
Plastic Consult's Paolo Arcelli talks to PIE about Italy's plastics industry / Communication and sustainability are challenges for sector / "There is ample room for growth, both in rigid and flexible packaging solutions"
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend April 2019: Prices rise further / Higher monomer costs are main driver / Unscheduled plant outages bring additional upward thrust to polyolefins
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate April 2019: Prices predominantly stable / Some grades slightly more expensive / Upcoming holidays dampen demand / Recyclers still aiming to factor in increased costs
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Recyclate April 2019: Notations largely stabilise / Only occasional softening with rPA 6 and rPC / Little change expected in May
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Trading prices for polyolefins continuing to rise
UPDATE - PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Polypropylene: Borealis declares force majeure on PP from Schwechat / Malfunction of reactor
POLYMER PRICES
North America March 2019: Major fire in Texas hits exports / PE prices move sideways / PP falls further / PS and PVC up slightly / Engineering plastics unchanged
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics March 2019: Most polymers on downward price trend / PET, HDPE imports and PP are exceptions / Feedstocks witness falling notations / High inventory levels and subdued demand in general
POLYMER PRICES
Russia March 2019: Polyolefins give way / Otherwise moderate increases / Prices rising in April
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics March 2019: Most polymers see downtrend on subdued demand / Subdued market in general / April should see demand growing stronger
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
Polymers growth set to soar worldwide / Revenues to reach nearly USD 9 bn by 2027 / Need to develop wider range of materials / SmarTech report
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Date of print: 17/06/2019
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