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PIE issue 991
UNITED KINGDOM
"Brexit" and plastics industry / BPF fears high trade costs with the EU / Priorities include access to skills / European chemical industry signs joint statement / Plastics exports to UK particularly important for Ireland
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
PIE talks to BPF's chairman of the “Brexit Task Force”, Mike Boswell / No-trade deal with EU could raise plastics trade costs by EUR 990m / UK companies more cautious about investing
A. SCHULMAN
Raw material prices and Citadel left mark on fiscal 2017 results / Recovery seen in fiscal 2018
CLARIANT
Mooted takeover interest from CVC / Strong 9-month performance / New packaging resins plant opens in India
BRASKEM
Partnership with Haldor Topsøe to develop sugar-based route to MEG / Demo plant in Denmark
ALBIS PLASTIC
European distributor of Ineos Styrolution's "K-Resin" SBCs
VELOX
Expansion of partnership with Low & Bonar / Europe-wide distribution of "Enka" products for resin infusion
ELIX POLYMERS
T&P Plastic as ABS distributor in the Balkans / Growth potential in E&E and automotive markets
CLICKPLASTICS
Distribution of Chinese PPS in Europe / Exhibitor at "Fakuma"
DK KUNSTSTOFF-SERVICE
Extension of TPU distribution agreement with Italy's Epaflex
OLTCHIM
Romanian government's stake sold to Chimcomplex and Dynamic Selling Group / No takers for phthalic acid and Pitesti petrochemical production assets
NIZHNEKAMSKNEFTEKHIM
Plans for additional ethylene plant in Tatarstan / Capacity to reduce Russia's reliance on raw material imports
INDORAMA
Purchase of Artlant PTA plant in Portugal / Q3 EBITDA rises 34% / US cracker scheduled to start up in early 2018
BOREALIS
Plans for European PDH plant progress / Startup delayed to 2022 / Work on FEED phase to start
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend November 2017: General price reductions as expected / Trend to continue / Demand already beginning to ease / Converters will try to reverse producers' margin increases
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Recyclate November 2017: Prices generally declining slightly or stagnating / Premiums only on clear rPET flakes / Further reductions or rollovers expected in December
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Recyclate November 2017: Prices remain unchanged apart from ABS / Tense situation with base material / Strong demand for time of year / Stability should prevail until end of 2017 / Small increases likely in January for some products
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane Feedstocks November 2017: Isocyanates slightly higher / Outages still felt / Markets seek price boundaries / Converters and end users explore alternatives
SHALE GAS
Scotland embeds fracking ban in planning framework / “No social licence”
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Polypropylene grades heading downward
POLYMER PRICES
Russia October 2017: Upward momentum of most notations fizzles out / Noticeable hikes only with PS and PVC
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics October 2017: Prices of most types decreased / Low demand / High inventory levels
POLYMER PRICES
North America October 2017: Polyolefins market gradually calms down / PVC prices soften in medium term / Engineering thermoplastics defy upward pressure
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics October 2017: Domestic and imported styrene fell / Prices of PC, PA 6, PA 6.6 and PMMA increased substantially / ABS went significantly down
AGRICULTURAL FILMS
Use of plastics in agriculture increasing worldwide / Reaction to shortage of land area and water / Biodegradable mulch films included in EU fertilisers regulation for first time / Biopolymers and recycling associations have conflicting opinions
RANI PLAST
Slovak films joint venture Tatrafan now stand-alone company / Doubling of agricultural films capacity in Finland
PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
Ellen MacArthur Foundation calls for oxo-degradable plastic packaging ban / Contribution to microplastic pollution
CARBIOS / L'ORÉAL
Consortium for bio-recycling founded / Open to international companies from all sectors
PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
Call for separate recycling stream for biodegradable plastics / More investment in infrastructure needed in Europe
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Date of print: 19/01/2018
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