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PIE issue 1004
SINGLE-USE PLASTICS
European Commission publishes regulations on disposable plastic products / Collection rate for bottles set / Sharp criticism from PlasticsEurope and EuPC
CIRCULAR ECONOMY
EU council passes legislative package / Landfilling to be phased out by 2030 / BPF releases vision document
INTERVIEW
“We have to take care not only of the low hanging fruits such as PET bottles” / EuPC managing director Alexandre Dangis on the EU plastics policy and industry actions preoccupying Europe's converters
POLYMER PRICES
Base Petrochemicals, Aromatics and Feedstocks: May / June 2018
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene May 2018: Many long bank holiday weekends dampen price dynamic / Producers' hopes of recouping cost increases mostly prove unrealistic / Rising oil prices drive up C2 reference for June / Price hikes unavoidable
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene May 2018: Hikes below cost rise / Bank holiday lull brakes producer announcements / Costs will drive prices higher in June
POLYMER PRICES
PVC May 2018: Good supply prevents full cost recovery for base grades and compounds / Rollovers predominate / Pastes higher on solid demand / Upward movement expected in June due to sharp price increase for ethylene
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics May 2018: Prices continue to decline / Only slight discounts on ABS / Holidays dampen demand / Price trend reversal likely in June following uptrend for styrene
POLYMER PRICES
PET May 2018: Things go haywire / Spot prices skyrocketing / Freely negotiated trade dries up / Imports lacking / Restrictions in Europe / Free contracts moving upwards / Price explosion continues
POLYMERS FOR EUROPE ALLIANCE
"Best Polymer Producers Awards for Europe 2018": Six plastics producers awarded / Vynova gets special prize for polymer quality / Ceremony at EuPC conference in Milan
TURKEY
Government planning restrictions on US imports of PVC / As early as this June
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics May 2018: Only minor price swings as spring settles in / Buyers' reticence limits price rises / Cost increases in the oil sector will step up the pressure in June
POLYONE
US materials supplier takes over LFT compounder PlastiComp
BAYPORT POLYMERS
New jv of Total, Borealis and Nova complete / Cheap shale feedstock a draw
FIBRANT
DSM exits caprolactam / Sale of the business to China's Highsun / New owner will guarantee feedstock supply for Dutch PA 6 production
GRAMMER
Chinese company to take over German auto parts supplier / Bid to acquire outstanding shares / Extensive employee commitments
EPSAN
New line expands PA, PBT and PPA compounding capacity in Turkey
RADICI
Polyamide compounding extended in the US
RAVAGO
MoU with Adnoc for polyolefin compounding at Ruwais / Utilisation of production scrap
ITALY
EPS consumption rising slightly / Higher demand from packaging sector
ZOTEFOAMS
UK foam producer to open new manufacturing plant in Poland
ARMACELL
Acquisition of Chinese elastomeric insulating foams producer
KRAMO
Belgian converter merges with Masterfoam / Udo Storck to become CEO of new group
VITA
Strategic Value Partners acquires PU foam manufacturer
AUSTROTHERM
One more production plant for EPS insulation board in Turkey
BASF
New product grade for EPS packaging
SPANISH PACKAGING INDUSTRY
Economic recovery helps sector gain highest business volume in 10 years / Rising number of plastic containers companies / "Hispack" 2018 attendee numbers up
SPAIN
Ban on disposable plastic tableware from 2020? / PS packaging targeted / Iberostar hotels eliminating single-use items
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Date of print: 20/08/2018
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