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UPDATE - POLYMER PRICES
North America October 2022: Weak demand, high stock levels put prices under pressure / Only PE moves sideways / Rising interest rates depress consumer behaviour / Further price reductions expected in November
09.11.2022
CHINA
Massive VCM capacity expansions coming online up to 2025
24.10.2022
BOPP FILMS
Pandemic spurs global growth / Capacity rises to over 16 mn t per year / China home to half of world output / Brückner dominates film line sales
12.10.2022
PETROCHEMICALS USA
Bloomberg-backed anti-pollution campaign takes aim at US petchem expansion / Plastics industry fires back / EPA launches environmental justice office
10.10.2022
PETROCHEMICALS USA
EPA to review permit process for Louisiana plants / Focus on Gulf Coast petchems corridor dubbed “Cancer Alley”
25.04.2022
FORMOSA PLASTICS
US Gulf “Sunshine Project” delayed again / Charges of “environmental racism”
24.08.2021
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Vestolit lifts force majeure for PVC deliveries from Marl / Fire at Formosa Plastics in Texas
15.06.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America February 2021: Dramatic shortages spark price explosion / Winter storms on Gulf of Mexico bring production to standstill / Producers often unable to meet demand / Relief unlikely
10.03.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America January 2021: Unceasing upward movement in all segments / Rising feedstock prices and supply bottlenecks reinforce the trend / Slight easing of the situation expected in February
10.02.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America December 2020: High feedstock prices, tight supply situation and recovery tendency in plastics processing combine to drive up prices / Significant increases with few exceptions / Tension unlikely to ease
13.01.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America November 2020: Prices stable to firmer / PE and PVC cool down / PP still rising / High feedstock costs push up styrenics / Further increases expected
15.12.2020
FORMOSA PLASTICS
Work on US “Sunshine Project” suspended due to coronavirus / Petrochemical and plastics complex still faces lawsuits
15.12.2020
POLYMER PRICES
North America October 2020: Prices ease except for PVC and ABS / Production recovers from hurricane damage / Widespread inventory-building / Little fresh stimulus expected in November
12.11.2020
POLYMER PRICES
North America September 2020: Price explosion in polyolefins, PVC, ABS and PA 6 / Hurricanes drive up prices / PS, PC and PA 6.6 more relaxed / Situation expected to calm down in October with the exception of PE
15.10.2020
USA
Power supply instability delays restart of US polymer production after storms / Normalisation in the second half of October at the earliest / Shortages for PE, PVC and PC / Worst hurricane season since 2005
01.10.2020
ROTTERDAM POLYMER HUB
Start-up of second-phase expansion / Capacity for storing and handling PE and PP / Connection to Container Exchange Route
22.09.2020
POLYMER PRICES
North America August 2020: Season's first hurricane triggers pronounced hikes for polyolefins and PVC / Engineering plastics predominantly firmer / Restart of polymer production will determine September prices
15.09.2020
USA
Hurricane Laura hits the coast of Louisiana / Large parts of polymer production and petrochemicals on the US Gulf Coast are paralysed / Prices gain momentum
28.08.2020
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Polypropylene/C3: Production chain in Europe and the US undersupplied / PP spot prices in Europe rising
17.08.2020
UPDATE - BASF
Agreement with ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions on development of PDH technology
21.07.2020
POLYMER PRICES
North America June 2020: Export business props up PP prices / PP and PVC bottom out / Engineering plastics tread water / Higher feedstock prices / Uncertainty in July in view of infection developments
14.07.2020
POLYMER PRICES
North America May 2020: Polyolefin price slide comes to a halt / PVC could bottom out / Output reductions take effect / Demand subdued despite easing of lockdown / Turnaround in June unlikely
16.06.2020
FORMOSA PLASTICS
Covid-19 outbreak at Texas site / Start-up of new polyethylene plant delayed again
14.05.2020
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics November 2019: Downtrend continues for most polymer notations / Safety regulations impact domestic PVC producers / Low demand and some further decreases expected in December
10.12.2019
INTERVIEW
Traditional meets intercultural: Meraxis is looking for its place in the world of distribution going forward / One-stop shop for virgin material and recyclate / Swiss family-owned businesses as the core
14.10.2019
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