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PIE issue 974
POLYMER PRICES
PVC February 2017: Producers achieve the hoped-for trend reversal / Brisk orders and export opportunities allow initial small margin improvements / Clearer upwards movement in March over a broad front
POLYMER PRICES
Base Petrochemicals, Aromatics and Feedstocks: February / March 2017
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene February 2017: Producers succeed in bringing about a trend turnaround / Mostly moderate margin increase / Imports from Middle East down to a trickle / Further price rises expected in March / Maintenance turnarounds restrict supply
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics February 2017: All-time high of PS and ABS prices / Exorbitant SM price increase fuels skyrocketing notations / No full cost transfer / Price rally continues / EPS also approaching record high
POLYMER PRICES
PET February 2017: Rising costs drive up notations for bottle material too / Imports dwindling considerably / Producers still subject to margin pressure / Upwards trend continuing worldwide
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene February 2017: Producers pass costs through for all grades / Copo sees first margin gains / Supply limitations palpable in March / Demand swells / Prices rising sharply
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics February 2017: Cost explosion sends shock waves through the market / Polyamides make a triple-digit leap / Step-by-step implementation of quarterly increases / Rally to continue
BOREALIS
Record 2016 net profits on a strong polyolefins market and Borouge 3 start-up / Net sales decline / Focus on optimising existing plants and building Borouge 4
BASF
Sales and earnings "considerably higher" in 2016 / Europe seen as weakening in 2017
COVESTRO
Record performance in 2016 / Both PC and PU profit from strong demand
ARKEMA
Sale of 50% Oxochimie stake to Ineos / Former joint venture partner guarantees acrylic ester supply
TRONOX
Acquisition of competitor Cristal in progress / Creation of world's largest titanium dioxide producer imminent
STORA ENSO
Finnish wood specialist starts commercial polymer compounding / Wood fibre-reinforced PP for several applications
SADARA
"PlasChem Park" to include automotive cluster / OEM suppliers will be located on-site
EXXONMOBIL
Shanghai technology centre to be expanded / Facility will support customer collaboration and growth / Seven-layer cast film line to be added
BRASKEM
New UHMWPE plant started up in Texas
LYONDELLBASELL
Completion of Corpus Christi ethylene expansion / Project ends multi-year expansion programme in USA / Further investment of USD 3 bn planned
NOVA CHEMICALS
New gas-phase LLDPE unit in Calgary reaches full run / Output capability of 430,000 t/y
BAIN CAPITAL
Acquisition of UK packaging firm Petainer / Deal to run alongside purchase of Belgian preform specialist Resilux / Businesses may be combined
EVONIK
New multi-layer PMMA films plant to be built at Weiterstadt / Start-up in late 2018
LACTIPS
French start-up planning water-soluble films based on casein / Competing with PVOH film
PLASTIC FILMS
Electronics to remain dominant consumer for thin and ultra-thin films / Miniaturisation and soaring spending boost demand / Asia will keep largest share of world market / TMR report
HIGH-BARRIER PACKAGING FILM
Global demand to expand by 4.7% per year to 2021 / Dominance of large retail chains and rising demand for convenience food drive growth / Smithers Pira report
UNITED KINGDOM
UK plastics industry seeks clarity over Brexit / Concerns surrounding free market access continue / Skills, supply chain and workforce issues unlikely to go away soon
PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
EP Environment Committee targets 80% packaging waste recycling / EU Commission's original goals revived
TITANIUM DIOXIDE
Prices of white pigments rise worldwide / Availability remains tight / Huntsman force majeure adds more pressure / Further cost reductions must come soon / France seeks classification as carcinogenic
© 2017 by Plastics Information Europe, Bad Homburg
Date of print: 24/05/2017
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