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GLOBAL COMMERCE
China, Gulf countries move closer to free-trade zone / Beijing, Riyadh strengthen ties / Sino-Arab deals on the rise
10.03.2023
POLYURETHANE MARKET
Economic uncertainties dampen demand in EMEA and Americas / Production static in Europe in 2022 but up in Americas / IAL Consultants reports
25.11.2022
ARAB GULF STATES
Higher prices for oil, gas lift GDP in GCC countries / GlobalData raises 2022 growth forecast to 4.4% / Polymer exports of trading bloc continue to rise
17.06.2022
SINGLE-USE PLASTICS
Abu Dhabi plans to ban SUP bags in June / Phase-out of styrofoam containers planned for 2024
13.04.2022
ARAB GULF STATES
Sustainability goals drive GCC move to circular economy / Plastics-to-fuel a key trend / Frost & Sullivan report
30.06.2021
TRADE FAIRS
“Iran Plast” in Tehran moved back one month / Covid-19 hits country hard
14.04.2020
OCEAN POLYMERS
Non-binding MoU with Saudi partner / Land and marine based recycling solutions
13.09.2018
IRAN
Petrochemicals comeback stalls / US and Europe pull in different directions / Sanctions torpedo Western players' plans for re-engagement
04.09.2018
JORDAN
National plans for waste management and marine litter / Support from UN Environment and “SwitchMed” programme
28.03.2018
ARAB GULF STATES
GCC polymer capacity to reach 34.5m t in 2022 / New capacity located mainly in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait / GPCA report
18.05.2017
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Crackers and downstream units start up in Iran / Gas output pulls even with Qatar
24.04.2017
IRAN
Iranian petrochemical group completes first bank transactions in Europe / International marketing activities expanded / Paving the way for future exports
13.01.2016
ARAB GULF STATES
Positive outlook for GCC chemicals / Saudi Arabia offers opportunities to downstream investors / New petrochemical projects temporarily halted / Exports to China continue to grow
08.12.2015
SKEBERIS
Greek plastics trader builds 250,000 t/y warehouse in UAE / Joint venture with Tristar
17.08.2015
ARAB GULF STATES
2014 capacity utilisation levels return to long-term average / EU import duties put pressure on polymer exports / Polyolefin overcapacity? / Plastics processing sector still in its infancy / Plans for four large conversion sites
17.02.2015
PACKAGING
Middle East and North Africa market to grow by 5% per year to 2019 / Plastics market share accounted for 41% in 2014 / Smithers Pira study
26.01.2015
MITSUBISHI / SABIC
Plans for Saudi MMA and PMMA complex finalised / Start-up targeted for mid-2017
04.07.2014
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
"Plastivision Arabia" fair held in Sharjah / Weighing in on a dedicated plastic park strategy / Focus on downstream industries / First "Print Pack Arabia" well received
24.04.2014
GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL
Polymer capacity continues to rise / PE accounts for most regional output / Saudi Arabia is largest production base / Conversion sector focused on packaging and construction
14.01.2014
IRAN
The Islamic Republic catching up as supplier of HDPE to Turkey and China / Global sanctions proving to have little impact
08.07.2013
TCI SANMAR
MoU to build 'Plastic Park' in Egypt / Plans for PVC downstream activities
16.05.2013
DOW
Arbitration court orders Kuwait group to pay final damages of USD 2.48 bn / Breach of contract suit over failed joint venture
08.03.2013
TALKE
Logistics contract for new Qapco PE line in Qatar
22.01.2013
KERMANSHAH HDPE
New HDPE line in north-western Iran goes on stream / Additional plants due to follow along West Ethylene pipeline
07.01.2013
SABIC
Saudi Kayan starts trial operations at Al Jubail LDPE line
08.10.2012
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