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PIE issue 1008
POLYMER PRICES
Base Petrochemicals, Aromatics and Feedstocks: July / August 2018
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene July 2018: Prices only slowly orientate to fall in ethylene reference / Changes range from rollovers to moderate reductions / Special offers disappear / August tending very quiet
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene July 2018: No major price movements / Slack demand slows momentum / Firmer reference means fewer concessions in August despite lull
POLYMER PRICES
PVC July 2018: Price pressure arises from softer cost structure and trend towards oversupply / Holiday period weakens already low demand / August expected to be rather weak
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics July 2018: Prices follow the cost reduction / Construction season stimulates EPS / Demand for PS and ABS drops / Further price declines expected in August
POLYMER PRICES
PET July 2018: Upswing comes to a halt / Supply improves in Europe / Asian material on offer again / Lively demand keeps notations at record level / Situation likely to ease further from September
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics July 2018: Next explosion of PA 6.6 prices / Otherwise mostly stable conditions / Demand noticeably shrinks / Minor movements expected in August
LG CHEM
Large-scale expansion of ethylene and metallocene-catalysed PE in South Korea
SOCAR
Azerbaijan's first PP plant opened / Construction ending on HDPE plant / Majority of output targeted to Europe and Turkey
NEO GROUP
Third PET line in Lithuania complete / Number two in Europe / Part of Retal group
RADICI
Hromatka appointed eastern European distributor for engineering polymers / Focus on Poland, Romania and Bulgaria
KRAHN CHEMIE
Extended distribution of Valtris' “Santicizer” products in France
VELOX
New European distribution partner for SK Chemicals' 3D printing materials
COVERIS
Rigid packaging business taken over by Lindsay Goldberg / Owner of Weener and Schur Flexibles intends to add to list of acquisitions
APTARGROUP
Acquisition of US protective packaging specialist CSP / Binding offer includes production site in France
COVESTRO
Plastics group extends films production worldwide / Investments totalling over EUR 100m
RETAL
Expansion of film and closure site in Lithuania
ALPLA
Austrian packaging manufacturer takes over Greek company Argo
CUKI
Italian packaging group acquired by Melitta
INDORAMA
Acquisition of French recycling company Sorepla / Food-grade rPET a major focus
FAERCH PLAST
Danish packaging manufacturer takes over Dutch recycling company 4PET
BOREALIS
Acquisition of Austrian recycler Ecoplast / Capacity expansion for rPE in Austria
ECOPLASTEAM
Recovery plant for poly-laminated waste in Italy / Amut facility to produce "Ecoallene" resin in September
LYONDELLBASELL
Catalyst partnership with German institute / Steps toward chemical recycling
DSM / APK
Sustainable multilayer film recycling project / Regrind with “near virgin” properties
CHINA
No appearance yet of an easing of PET waste import restrictions / Domestic rPET production moving to Southeast Asia?
PLASTICS RECYCLING
Malaysia closes its doors to flood of plastics waste / Third Southeast Asian country to stop imports
IRAN
Plastics and rubber machinery imports fall in 2017 / China still leading supplier although share shrinks / German exports jump
PLASTICS RECYCLING TURKEY
Enormous potential requires investments / Plastic packaging recycling rate around 50% / Government estimates rates will rise in line with EU targets within two years
© 2018 by Plastics Information Europe, Bad Homburg
Date of print: 22/10/2018
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