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PIE issue 1057
PLASTICS ECONOMY
German-speaking Europe hit hard by Covid-19 / Capital spending halted / Delivery problems eliminated / Liquidity an issue for automotive / Supply chain polarised
PLASTICSEUROPE
Subdued mood among German polymer producers / Economic figures for 2019 and pandemic effects / Germany's processors order less material
MEDICAL ELASTOMERS
Global market to expand by 6% annually to 2025 / Coronavirus pandemic drives up demand / Asia market to overtake Europe / Smithers report
LYONDELLBASELL
Net profit in Q2 down 69% as sales drop 39% / Higher Asian demand for PE / Completion of PO/TBA plant in Texas delayed by one year
INEOS
Lower sales and inventory holding losses erode profitability / Turnaround of two crackers negatively impacted results
TRINSEO
Q2 sales and earnings badly dented by Covid-19 / Automotive shutdowns hit Performance Plastics
COVESTRO
Partnership with Google on quantum computing R&D
AVIENT
Q2 sales down nearly 19% on weak automotive and consumer discretionary markets / Clariant masterbatch core profit up slightly
L'OREAL
Pledge to use 100% recycled or bio-based plastics / Group consumed 140,000 t of polymers in 2018
SPHERE
New EUR 32m plant for biodegradable bags in Spain
PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
NGO report criticises brand owners and retailers for failing to address waste crisis / Study cites lack of corporate leadership
COCA-COLA
Investment in CuRe Technology's depolymerisation process / Majority of output from new PET recycling plant in Western Europe planned
SEALED AIR
Partnership with Plastic Energy as part of circular economy pledge / Equity in UK recycling technology firm
THE NETHERLANDS
“Recycling is good, reuse is even better” / Offensive against packaging waste
UPDATE - DENMARK
Government announces plan to overhaul waste and recycling system / Proposed restriction on imported waste for incineration
PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
Spanish AP-Waste project to study agricultural plastics biodegraded by insects
PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
Proliferation of microplastics in Italian lakes up 400% in three years / “Life Blue Lakes” study funded by EU and PlasticsEurope
MICROPLASTICS
Wind and rain deposit tonnes of plastics in US national parks
ALLIANCE TO END PLASTIC WASTE
Partnership with China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation / Aim for local solutions to cut China's waste problem
POLYMER PRICES
Standard thermoplastics trend August 2020: Producers seldom manage to improve margins / Demand still below expectations / Imports and low-priced spot volumes virtually disappear from the market
POLYMER PRICES
Standard recyclate August 2020: Premiums on primary materials take some pressure off secondary materials / Optimism for autumn predominates / Lack of imports could provide a boost
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering recyclate August 2020: Slump in demand in the holiday month kills off plans to hike prices / Order books slowly filling again / Recyclers hope for topping-up effects in September
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Polypropylene spot prices react to bottlenecks in Europe and North America
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane feedstocks August 2020: Triple-digit hikes on strongly higher demand / Isocyanate output slowly normalises / More hikes in September
POLYMER PRICES
Russia July 2020: Notations rising in all segments / Only PET with notable reductions still
POLYMER PRICES
China standard thermoplastics July 2020: Notations higher for most grades / Only PS and PET lower as demand remains muted / Stable to lower prices expected in August as supply improves
POLYMER PRICES
North America July 2020: Significant rise for polyolefins / PVC and PS also see strong increases / Engineering plastics move sideways / Fragile recovery in domestic demand / Mixed picture in August
POLYMER PRICES
China engineering thermoplastics July 2020: Most prices fall amid weak demand / Only POM ticks higher / Stable prices expected in August as supply and demand return to normal levels
CHEMICAL RECYCLING
Technologies face technical and environmental challenges / Mechanical recycling produces fewer carbon dioxide emissions / Gaia report
CHEMICAL RECYCLING
ChemRecEurope responds to restrictions in Zero Waste Europe's priorities for waste policy
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Date of print: 23/10/2020
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