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PIE issue 1068
POLYMER PRICES
Base petrochemicals, aromatics and feedstocks: January/February 2021
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene January 2021: Price hikes include significant rise in margins / Demand suffers from tight availability / Some converters claim to be victims of 'extortion' / More price rises in February
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene January 2021: Producers push through triple-digit hikes / Tight supply boosts margins substantially / More increases likely in February
POLYMER PRICES
PVC January 2021: Price boom continues / Tight market situation and lively demand drive notations / Cost upturn through C2 / Further increases expected in February
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics January 2021: Triple-digit premiums again on all materials / SM costs fuel PS and EPS price hikes / Tight market leads to massive increases for ABS / Prices likely to rise only slightly in February
POLYMER PRICES
PET January 2021: Rising feedstock costs push prices up significantly / Import situation still tense due to high costs / Further hikes possible despite weak demand
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering thermoplastics January 2021: Further price increases for all types / Higher feedstock costs partly to blame / Supply situation worsens again / Few prospects for improvement soon
BENVIC
Acquisition of former SO.F.TER plant in Italy / Celanese focuses on Forli
BASF
Subsidiary BTC Europe takes over PU distribution / Competition for US distributor Univar
DOMO
“Technyl” name to go global when non-compete clause with BASF ends in 2022 / New customer support platform
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
European plastics processors alarmed by forces majeures / EuPC and French umbrella organisation Polyvia reminded of 2015 / German engineering plastics converters see signs of bottlenecks
SABIC
Recycling unit with Plastic Energy set to enter construction phase
PKN ORLEN
Billions invested in petrochemicals and recycling / Polish group enters compounding business
SINOCHEM
Subsidiary Luxi Chemical to build new caprolactam and PA 6 plants
INEOS STYROLUTION
Supplier to partner with Indaver on project to make ABS from chemical recycling outputs
UPDATE - PVC
Additional bottlenecks expected / Several producers face problems with primary products / Low inventory levels
ALPLA
Packaging producer spends over EUR 5m on rPET extrusion system in Italy
SÜDPACK
Expansion continues for packaging group with LPF takeover / Clondalkin group continues to shrink
GULF PACKAGING
Order for BOPP film line / Plans for portfolio expansion include PP cast films
SABIC
Development of certified circular PP grade / Collaboration with Greiner Packaging and Unilever
CELLUGY
Sugar-based barrier seen as alternative to PE coatings for packaging
PACKAGING
Rising pressure to increase use of recyclates and recyclable packaging / Recycled material will continue to sell at a premium / Smithers report
PLASTICS RECYCLING CHINA
Unilever and online trading giant Alibaba to cooperate in China / Over 500 reverse vending machines
RECYCLING UK
Operational recycling capacity of BPF members seen at 74% in 2021 / Government funding needed for reclaim infrastructure / UK trade group publishes first sustainability report
PLASTIC PACKAGING GERMANY
German cabinet approves amendment to packaging law / Reusable containers could become mandatory / Concerns over availability of rPET
PET RECYCLING AUSTRIA
PET to PET Recycling Österreich: Over 28,000 t of PET secondary material in 2020 / Further expansion plans
CORRECTION - MARINE LITTER
Alliance to End Plastic Waste's project Renew Oceans collapses / Pandemic and technical problems blamed for breakdown of multi-company clean-up effort in India
PLASTICS AND FINANCE
Banks supported plastics supply chain with over USD 1.7 tn from 2015-2019 / Calls for governments to hold lenders liable for results of financing / Portfolio Earth report
PLASTICS INDUSTRY
Pandemic hits economy / Global plastics production nears 370m t in 2019 / European output loses market share / Full recovery expected in 2022 / PlasticsEurope report
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Date of print: 14/04/2021
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