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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
Chemicals and plastics production mostly not directly affected by Hurricane “Laura” / Nevertheless severe capacity losses / Infrastructure damage leads to numerous forces majeures
03.09.2020
WESTLAKE
Q2 revenues drop by a fifth as Vinyls segment sales contract / Profits down due to Covid-19 impact and oil price fall
17.08.2020
ETHYLENE
EU commission fines Celanese, Clariant and Orbia / Companies implicated in illegal C2 purchasing scheme
17.07.2020
ORBIA
Previous Mexichem group analysing strategic alternatives for PVC division / Processing apparently not affected
28.01.2020
BAMBERGER POLYMERS
Ravago owner acquires US plastics distributor / Businesses will operate separately
06.04.2018
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
PVC: Vinnolit declares force majeure on deliveries from Knapsack / Defect in VCM production
11.07.2017
USA
Appointments to Trump cabinet have ties to industry / ExxonMobil CEO Tillerson to be secretary of state / Fracking proponents at the helm / “Foxes guarding henhouses”
21.12.2016
PLASTICS INDUSTRY GERMANY
2015 production drops 3% over 2013 / Increase in plastics processing / Growth in packaging, automotive engineering and medical devices / Recycling as key economic factor / Consultic study 2015
12.12.2016
USA
Shale gas carousel turns faster / Giant field found in west Texas / President-elect Trump expected to promote fracking / Much of new plastics output earmarked for export
30.11.2016
LOTTE
Vice chairman's death called suicide / Close ties to family owners / Corruption scandal in South Korea
05.09.2016
POLYMER PRICES
North America July 2016: PE still trending stable / PP may have bottomed out / PVC and PS under latent upward pressure / Engineering thermoplastics notations mostly calm / Price offensive for PA 6
05.08.2016
AXIALL / WESTLAKE
PVC group plans to divest all downstream units / Write-offs almost reach USD 1 bn / Poker game over takeover continues
03.03.2016
BILCARE RESEARCH
Price hike for rigid PVC film
29.05.2015
YEAR IN REVIEW 2014
Part 2 – Plastics Production: Shale gas revolution drives Europe into a corner / Ailing facilities are consolidated / Massive changes in PVC market / Shale oil reserves change the balance once again
12.12.2014
VESTOLIT
SVC Global sells German PVC producer to Mexichem / Further changes in the European PVC market
07.08.2014
PVC MARKET
European production landscape undergoing massive changes / Global capacity shifts drive consolidations / Overcapacities mean additional closures cannot be avoided / Who will be the next victim in this game of Russian roulette?
29.07.2014
SOLVAY
Benvic PVC compounding subsidiary divested to OpenGate Capital / European market reshuffle continues
05.06.2014
SASOL
South African group plans new mega-cracker in the US / Attracted to shale gas light feed
07.12.2012
PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Follow-up: Hurricane "Isaac" approaches Louisiana / Numerous US refinery complexes shut down or operating at reduced rates
29.08.2012
UPDATE - PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
US hurricane season kicks off / “Isaac” threatens plants across Louisiana in particular / Numerous oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have been evacuated / Reminiscent of “Katrina” and “Rita”
28.08.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America May 2012: Polyolefins on a downhill ride / PVC weaker / PS rumbles but holds steady / Engineering plastics also under pressure / ABS in a downswing / PC and PA will deteriorate in Q3
12.06.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America April 2012: Standard thermoplastics notations stagnate / Subdued demand / Market could shift in buyers' favour / Engineering thermoplastics remain firm
08.05.2012
POLYMER PRICES
North America March 2012: Renewed gains for polyethylene despite weak markets / Restraint for PP sees spot markets thrive / PVC continues to climb / PS cost drive slows / Engineering thermoplastics rising
10.04.2012
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