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PIE issue 1084
POLYMER PRICES
Base petrochemicals, aromatics and feedstocks: September/October 2021
POLYMER PRICES
Polyethylene September 2021: General uncertainty dominates the market / What is the situation with European production? / The market for EVA has dried up, and with the pipe grades builders are realising their power
POLYMER PRICES
Polypropylene September 2021: Higher output has stabilising effect / Slack demand from car industry clouds outlook for converters / White goods sector also weak
POLYMER PRICES
PVC September 2021: Still no end to high price level / Material shortage and high demand continue to push prices up / October set for further increases
POLYMER PRICES
Styrenics September 2021: SM cost reduction largely priced in for PS only / Smaller discounts on EPS white / Rollover for ABS and EPS grey due to scarcity / Potential for premiums in October
POLYMER PRICES
PET September 2021: Picture dominated by moderate increases / Subdued supply with an unexpected pickup in demand / Rising cost pressure due to high energy prices brings uncertainty for October
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering thermoplastics September 2021: Some peak prices capped / Glass fibres, additives short / Significant increases expected from rise in energy, transport costs
LOGISTICS
China's Cosco grabs Tollerort container terminal at the Port of Hamburg / UK in dire need of truck drivers / Freight rates plateau
USA
+++ UPDATE +++ Louisiana, Texas still affected by storm damage / Notable rise in resin imports
CHINA
Plastics ban drives interest in biodegradable resins / PBAT price doubles
COVESTRO
Billions in investment for growth / EUR 1 bn for circular tech / Revived plans for world-scale MDI plant / More capacity at multiple sites
SAUDI ARAMCO
“Namaat” investment plan includes deals with Shell, Solvay, Veolia
CHIMEI
New PC plant in China / More capacity for PS, ABS
DSM
Dutch group gives itself a new structure / Materials likely to be divested / Options under review for PA, polyester and “Dyneema” fibres
KEM ONE
New ships for freight transport on Rhone / Investment of EUR 20m
BASF
Plastic additives for mechanical recycling / Higher quality recyclate for films, moulded parts
BIOPLASTICS
Australian firm says additive eliminates microplastics / Calls product “eco-insurance policy”
ROWA
Sustainable black masterbatch introduced / Addition of colour NIR-detectable pigments
AMPACET
“ProVital” masterbatches bring performance to medical and pharmaceutical applications
LANXESS
Soot-free black pigments for recyclable packaging / Weak magnetic iron-manganese mixed oxides
VERSALIS
Purchase of remaining 60% of compounder Finproject / Integrated value chain for special polymers
HEXPOL
Elastomer specialist invests almost EUR 6m in Sweden / TPE compound capacity to be raised to 80,000 t/y
STAR PLASTICS
US compounder sold to Akoya Capital / Plans for “aggressive growth”
PACKAGING
50% reuse in Europe could lead to enormous CO2 reduction by 2030 / Report on three sector groups / Significant economic incentives for users / Rethink Plastic Alliance report
PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT
Call for global pact to tackle marine pollution / Costs on society from plastics production to hit EUR 6 tn in 2040 / WWF report
PLASTICS AND CLIMATE
CO2 emissions from plastics to rise drastically / Increase to be driven by carbon released during incineration / Need for focus on higher-value recycling / Material Economics study
EU CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Circular Plastics Alliance updates recycling plan / Target of 10m t of recycled plastics by 2025 / Over EUR 7.5 bn in funding needed
SPAIN
Government prepares ban on SUP for produce / Move complements plastics tax plans
EPS
Italy: Consumption drops by almost 7% in 2020 / Recovery on the horizon
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Date of print: 07/12/2021
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