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PIE issue 980
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics May 2017: Price correction continues / Again high discounts on all materials / Strong demand / Premiums on PS and EPS likely in June / ABS still has more potential for trending down
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene May 2017: The picture is one of reductions / Greater falls for high-flying copolymers / Supplies increasingly returning to normal / Compounds also weakening / Noticeable falls imminent in June
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene May 2017: The ethylene motto “rollover” does not hold true / Notations trending down / Film grades generally affected more / Further decreases expected for June / Possible trend reversal in the course of the month
POLYMER PRICES
PET May 2017: Notations falling once more / Increasing stabilisation in the course of the month / Good weather driving demand up / Firmer trend likely in June
POLYMER PRICES
PVC May 2017: Base material notations remain stable / Titanium dioxide continues to force up compounds / Dramatic development in plasticisers now too / Ready-to-use materials still rising
POLYMER PRICES
Base Petrochemicals, Aromatics and Feedstocks: May / June 2017
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics May 2017: Rollover predominates / Tight supply situation still exists with PC, POM and PMMA / Potential upward trend even before start of Q3 / Demand expected to slow down a little
POLYURETHANE MARKET
Threatening situation / Insufficient MDI delivery volumes / Processors switching off production lines / Customers reacting angrily and helplessly to asked prices / “Isocyanate producers no longer acting with common decency”
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
MDI: Covestro cancels pan-European force majeure / Supply shortage will continue / Maintenance at Brunsbüttel
HUNTSMAN / CLARIANT
Mega-merger in speciality chemicals / IPO for Huntsman's Pigments and Additives beforehand
DOW POLYURETHANES
Formulated polyol production at Zhangjiagang expanded / Annual capacity of 120,000 t
TOTAL
Reconstruction of Carling site completed / Production of PS, specialities and resins
BASF
TDI line in Ludwigshafen producing “on spec” isocyanate / Capacity is reduced
SADARA
Fourth PE unit starts up in Saudi Arabia / Commercialisation of entire plastics franchise begins
BASF
Compounding capacity expansion in Germany finished
EPSAN
Recycled PA 6 and PA 6.6 compounds capacity to increase
BOREALIS
Automotive PP compounding plant to be built in the USA
NILIT
Compounding in Italy to be shuttered
PLASTICOMP
Extension of long carbon fibre compounds production / LCF-LGF hybrids also possible
TEKNOR APEX
Newly named ETP division to supply speciality engineering thermoplastics to global market / Polyamide business expansion
COVESTRO
Further expansion of PC capacities in China
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
PIE talks to Stanley Chu, chairman of "Chinaplas" organiser Adsale / Chinese automotive and medical devices markets saw huge growth in 2016 / The "One Belt, One Road" initiative and the plastics industry / Expansion of the 2018 trade fair in Shanghai
CHINAPLAS 2017
Record visitor numbers in Guangzhou / Just over 25% from abroad / Professional atmosphere prevailed
ARAB GULF STATES
GCC polymer capacity to reach 34.5m t in 2022 / New capacity located mainly in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait / GPCA report
GERMAN PLASTICS PRODUCERS
Sales flat in 2016 / Output rises slightly / Regrind market has potential
© 2017 by Plastics Information Europe, Bad Homburg
Date of print: 19/08/2017
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