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Mar 7th, 2017

BASF Has Launched Poly Aryl-Based Construction Mixtures

A new polymer Poly Aryl from BASF destined for the production of construction mixtures appeared on the market. When included in the concrete mixture, Poly Aryl –based polymers enable to produce high-quality construction blends. Poly Aryl additives considerably improve the properties of construction mixtures by making them highly plastic and dense.  These characteristics plus low-viscosity […]...

Jan 20th, 2017

European Producers Increase Polystyrene and Polypropylene Contract Price

Major participants of European market are considering the increase of contract price for polystyrene in January 2017. In comparison with December, January price is expected to will grow from EUR 105 to 125 per tonne due to the rising prices for styrole. However, the consumers are not satisfied with this pricing policy saying that the […]...

Dec 16th, 2016

Polyvinylchloride import and export volumes in of the Russian Federation

The volume of polyvinylchloride suspension (PVC – S) import to the Russian market has increased by 36% since the beginning of 2016. The polyvinylchloride suspension export has increased by a third. Within the last eleven months, Russia has imported approximately 124,000 tonnes of polyvinylchloride suspension. However, in November the supplies were lowered to marginally larger […]...

Jan 18th, 2011

Vinyls Italia to Restart PVC Production

Vinyls Italia is planning to restart its PVC plants in Italy in March 2011, after a break of almost two years, as a Russian-Swiss fund presents a final offer to buy the Italian producer. The company halted three plants at Porto Marghera, Porto Torres and Ravenna. Vinyls Italia closed in May 2009, when the PVC […]...

Jan 18th, 2011

Feds to Ban Toxic Chemical Additive to Plastic Childrens Products

OTTAWA — The federal government is making good on a promise to ban a toxic chemical additive in soft plastic toys and other children’s products. The new regulations, to be implemented in June, take aim at six phthalates, a family a chemicals known to cause reproductive harm and commonly used to make vinyl plastic soft […]...

Nov 9th, 2010

Styron Takes on Dow’s Stake in Sumitomo JV

Styron, the former PS and PC operation of Dow Chemical, has taken over Dow’s 50% share in the Sumitomo Dow polycarbonate joint venture in Asia. As a result of the deal, which closed on September 24, the business will eventually be renamed. The company said the new identity will be announced around the end of […]...

May 11th, 2010

Rubber Slumps on Doubts Over Europe Bailout, China Auto Sales

Rubber declined, reversing earlier gains, as commodities slumped on concerns that European bailout plans worth almost $1 trillion may not be sufficient to end the region’s sovereign debt crisis. Futures in Tokyo fell as much as 2 percent to 264.1 yen per kilogram ($2,851 a metric ton) after jumping as much as 3.6 percent earlier. […]...

Mar 31st, 2010

BPI is Ranked as Europe’s Largest Polyethylene Film Extruder Producer

Leading industry consultants, AMI, has just published the eighth edition of its report on the Corporate performance and ownership among polyethylene film extruders in Europe. In the last edition, after 15 years at the top, British Polythene Industries, was pushed into second place in volume terms by the German group, RKW. For 2009 however, AMI […]...

Mar 30th, 2010

Hike in Propylene Spot Prices in Europe Needed to Fill Gaps in Supply

Propylene spot prices in Europe need to rise further if the gaps in supply are to be filled, as per ICIS. Traders said that the market would begin to get some relief and return to some balance when spot prices rise to levels that would open the arbitrage and attract deep-sea volumes away from the […]...

Mar 25th, 2010

Central and Eastern Europe Still Promise Growth

As economies around the world look to recover from a global recession, eastern and central Europe could provide opportunities in plastics processing, according to a speaker at the 2010 Plastics News Executive Forum, held March 7-10 in the US. Tamas Kovacs – founder of eastern and central Europe Business Development in Budapest, Hungary – outlined […]...

Mar 19th, 2010

LDPE prices could see further hike for April in Italy

In Italy, March business is being conducted with increases of €20-60/ton for LDPE on the back of tight supplies though the monthly ethylene contract settled at a rollover, as per Chemorbis. Many buyers have no option but to accept the hike requests as they are unable to satisfy their LDPE needs easily. The high end […]...

Mar 19th, 2010

Another force majeure tightens PP prices in Europe

Technical issues have pushed INEOS to declare force majeure from its Grangemouth PP plant in the UK on 16 March. This has compounded an existing tight supply caused by shortage of propylene at LyondellBasell’s Carrington, UK, that prompted a force majeure on PP supply earlier in the week, as per ICIS. In addition to this, […]...

Mar 17th, 2010

Hesistant Recovery for European Plastics

Producers of plastic materials, machinery and products saw slight growth during the last four months of the year, despite overall losses in 2009, it was revealed at a PlasticsEurope Deutschland briefing in Frankfurt 10 March. Claus-Jürgen Simon, from PlasticsEurope Deutschland, and Frank Schnieders, chairman of the Plastics Europe Market Research Group (PEMRG), presented data from […]...

Mar 16th, 2010

Work Starts on Russia’s Biggest PET Plant

Russian oil and chemicals group JSC Alco-Naphtha is constructing what will be Russia’s biggest PET polymer production plant to date in the western city of Kaliningrad. Work began early this year on the 240,000 tpa PET facility, the fourth plant so far to be established for the resin in Russia. When complete, it will be […]...

Mar 3rd, 2010

March Propylene Rises in Europe, Med PP Markets Begin March With Price Hikes

As an initial March propylene contract price was settled in the European market last week with an additional increase of €35/ton from the February contract settlement, price hikes have emerged in Italy’s spot PP market for the month of March, as per Chemorbis. Due to persistent supply worries stemming from unexpected propylene outages and the […]...

Feb 26th, 2010

Dow Europe Announces Price Increase for All Grades of Polyethylene

With effect from March 1, 2010, Dow Europe GmbH is announcing a price increase for polyethylene (PE) resins across the European, Middle Eastern, African and Indian regions, in an effort to recover its margins. Effective March 1, 2010, or as contract terms allow, Dow will increase prices for all grades of its low density polyethylene […]...

Feb 26th, 2010

LyondellBasell to Close Italian Polypropylene Plant

LyondellBasell is to close its polypropylene plant in Terni, Italy, eliminating about 120 jobs. The timing of the closing of the plant — which has annual capacity of about 560 million pounds — is dependent on discussions with trade unions, officials said. “Demand for polypropylene continues to be affected by global economic conditions, and the […]...

Feb 25th, 2010

Tight propylene supply propels March PP prices in Europe

The March monthly propylene contract price settled on 23 February at €910/ton (US$1247/ton), rising by €35/ton from the February contract price, as per ICIS. Polypropylene (PP) buyers in Europe will be under heavy pressure to accept higher prices in March on supply constraints mainly due to propylene supply constraints that have been aggravated by the […]...

Feb 19th, 2010

Arch Chemicals Sells Industrial Coatings Business to Sherwin-Williams

Arch Chemicals has signed a definitive agreement to sell its industrial coatings business to US firm The Sherwin-Williams Company for approximately €40m ($54m). The agreement approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies includes the industrial coatings businesses located in Italy, the UK, Spain, North America and Singapore. Key product lines include polyester-based, polyurethane-based […]...

Feb 17th, 2010

Polypropylene Prices Rise in Europe this Month, but Buying Remains Limited

Polypropylene (PP) prices in Europe have increased this month, but buying has been limited to essential purchases, as there are still widespread expectations of a price drop in 2010, as per ICIS. Buyers are very cautious and buying on a hand-to-mouth basis. PP prices had risen by a minimum of US$116/ton at most accounts in […]...