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PIE issue 1073
CHEMICAL INDUSTRY
Output falls 2% in 2021, but Cefic forecasts 3% growth for 2021 / Cost of EU's Green Deal plans clouds economic outlook
RAW MATERIALS
EuPC: Over 90% of converters in Europe lack enough resin / "Production of essential goods threatened" / Switch to recyclate difficult for many
LOGISTICS
Situation on the container freight market remains tense / High costs and delays still prevalent
CLARIANT
Materials supplier opens new China HQ / Shanghai complex includes innovation centre / Additives production starts in Cangzhou
EMS
Q1 business develops positively / “Pleasing” new order situation / 2021 sales and operating income expected to be higher than 2020
ENGRO POLYMER
PVC expansion in Pakistan about to go into operation / Plans for PDH-PP unit updated
EVONIK
Sharper focus on plastics circularity / Bundling knowhow across the portfolio
BOREALIS
Project ‘Stop' delivers waste management services to over 130,000 people in Indonesia
SCHUR FLEXIBLES
Packaging group acquires Sidac / Expansion in Italy
SP GROUP
Participation in Spanish plastic packaging project / Development of monomaterial recyclable packaging for food
CONSTANTIA FLEXIBLES
Divestment of ‘Toppers‘ business in Poland / Aluminium lids and films factory in Jejkowice retained
FAERCH
Danish packaging manufacturer posts record results / Further acquisitions targeted
GUILLIN
Packaging manufacturer acquires Gault & Frémont / Portfolio expanded to include paper and cardboard
SPHERE
French packaging group looking to grow UK business with acquisition of Sarpak
SERI PLAST
Conversion of Unilever detergent plant for recyclate production / Post-consumer polyolefins for packaging
FLEXIBLE PACKAGING
Ceflex commissions packaging waste study in Europe / First-of-a-kind analysis to define and accelerate shift towards a circular economy
STYRENICS CIRCULAR SOLUTIONS
Application to EFSA for rPS as food contact material / Successful trials
EPS PACKAGING
Launch of “Smart Packaging Europe” campaign to promote expanded polystyrene packaging
INTERVIEW
RePack's Christof Trowitz talks circular approach with reusable PP bags / Says big brands ‘certainly need to test this new packaging concept very thoroughly'
POLYMER PRICES
Standard thermoplastics trend April 2021: Extremely tight market drives prices massively up yet again / New record levels in the offing / Prospect of situation easing only with styrenics
POLYMER PRICES
Standard recyclate April 2021: Strong premiums on all grades / Scarcity of feedstocks fuels demand for recyclates / Further price increases in May likely
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering recyclate April 2021: Price spiral rises even faster / May will be the worst month so far
PIE SPOT PRICE MONITOR
Upturn in polyolefins slows noticeably / Import situation still weak
POLYMER PRICES
Polyurethane feedstocks April 2021: Triple-digit hikes for isocyanates and polyols / Panic buying drives prices / Demand for bedding shrinks, building and automotive strong / No end to the price rally
POLYMER PRICES
North America March 2021: Prices race from one high to the next / Shortage of material leads to stoppages in processing / Slight easing of the situation with PP / Further increases on the cards for April
POLYMER PRICES
China standard thermoplastics March 2021: Global supply hiccups push prices higher across the board / Demand normal to high / April likely to see further increases amid market tightness
POLYMER PRICES
Russia March 2021: Notations at an all-time high / Polystyrene top of the list / Clearly felt bottlenecks set to fuel the upward trend in April
POLYMER PRICES
China engineering thermoplastics March 2021: Prices broadly higher amid tight supply / Feedstock costs mixed / Buyers expect supply to stabilise in April as most grades move sideways
TURKEY
Plastics demand rises in 2020 on higher domestic sales / Import and export volumes grow / Economic woes continue
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Date of print: 23/06/2021
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