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POLYMER PRICES
North America September 2021: Tension eases with polyolefins and PS / PVC firmer again / C2 production cut after explosion / Shortage of compounds props up engineering thermoplastic prices
07.10.2021
WESTLAKE
Explosion near Louisiana ethane cracker / Six injured / Cause unclear
30.09.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America August 2021: Prices mixed despite Hurricane Ida / Production downtimes drive up standard thermoplastics in particular / ABS, PC and polyamides move sideways / Market hopes for a breath of fresh air in September
09.09.2021
USA
Hurricane Ida makes landfall near New Orleans / Petrochemical plants shut down, ports closed
30.08.2021
POLYMER PRICES
North America June 2021: Polyolefin and PVC prices rise again / Pressure eases for styrenics / Most engineering thermoplastics largely firmer / Tight supply situation expected to bring further increases in July
12.07.2021
WESTLAKE
Acquisition of North American PVC business from Boral / Extension of the value chain
23.06.2021
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
ORBIA
PVC unit said to be up for sale / Reports of advanced talks with US investment group Apollo
12.01.2021
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
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
USA
Hurricane Zeta brings further devastation to the US Gulf Coast / Some damage to polymerisation lines
03.11.2020
USA
Petrochemical industry recovering from Hurricane Delta / First plants restart / Forces majeures still in effect
19.10.2020
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
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
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