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In the Spotlight
POLYMER PRICES
North America January 2020: Poor demand pushes down prices of most polymers / PVC producers manage to turn trend around
PLASTICS ECONOMY
PIE Readers Survey: Europe's plastics industry largely weathers the storm / One third of companies plan to invest more
Barely had the ink dried on the first stage of the trade agreement between China and the US then the first reports of the coronavirus outbreak emerged. The novel virus left its first... (17.02.2020)
To gauge how business is developing in the European plastics industry, PIE conducted its third readers survey. The questionnaire was open exclusively to subscribers, with 193 respondents... (14.02.2020)
KRAUSSMAFFEI
Plastics machinery manufacturer plans layoffs / Affected jobs largely in Germany
ICELAND
UK supermarket chain trialling removal of nearly all plastic packaging on fresh produce
The adverse economic environment has left a mark on plastics machinery giant KraussMaffei. A company representative told PIE the German group is planning to cut 510 jobs worldwide over... (13.02.2020)
Supermarket group Iceland is removing almost all plastic packaging from a range of fresh produce items across 33 of its stores. The trial, currently underway in Iceland outlets in London... (12.02.2020)
TRINSEO
Sales dip 18% on pass-through of lower material costs / Restructuring pushes down net profit
BREXIT
BPF poll shows UK trade with EU remains priority / Most members prepared for end-of-year deadline
Full-year sales at styrenics producer Trinseo dropped 18% to USD 3.78 bn compared to 2018, with all operating segments posting revenue declines on lower prices. Weaker styrene and... (11.02.2020)
Following the UK’s exit from the EU on 31 January 2020, members of the British Plastics Federation still see trade with the economic bloc as a top priority. In a flash poll to mark Brexit... (10.02.2020)
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Price Reports and Announcements
POLYMER PRICES
North America January 2020: Poor demand pushes down prices of most polymers / PVC producers manage to turn trend around
17.02.2020
POLYMER PRICES
China Engineering Thermoplastics January 2020: Downtrend for most polymer prices / Short supply creates higher notations for PA 6 and PBT / Coronavirus outbreak to keep demand weak overall
14.02.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Standard Thermoplastics Trend February 2020: Styrenics ride on the styrene wave / Most other polymers unchanged / Business picks up only slowly / Little likelihood of much change in March
13.02.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Russia January 2020: Further reductions in all segments except PVC / Slight trend towards oversupply for PE and PP / Demand short of expectations / Increases possible for PS and PVC in February
13.02.2020
POLYMER PRICES
China Standard Thermoplastics January 2020: Most grades decline on weak demand / Lunar new year holidays extended in wake of coronavirus crisis / Impacts from epidemic to keep demand low
12.02.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Composites/GRP January 2020: Ortho resins still pointing downward / Trend likely to turn around soon / Glass fibre oversupply pressures notations
07.02.2020
CELANESE
Higher prices for POM in Europe
07.02.2020
POLYMER PRICES
Engineering Thermoplastics January 2020: ABS firmer / PA 6.6, PMMA and PP compounds lower / PA 6 base polymers expected to push up compounds in the medium term / Demand slowly recovers
06.02.2020
TRINSEO
Price increase for PC in Europe
05.02.2020
STYRENICS
Ineos Styrolution and Trinseo announce price hikes
05.02.2020
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