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Sentiment cautiously improves in Turkey’s polyolefin markets

Sentiment cautiously improves in Turkey’s polyolefin markets

Updated on:14/02/2019

More PP and PE players are now convinced that import prices have bottomed out. Prices have already given signals of a recovery amid better buying interest for certain products, although buyers are taking this recently improved sentiment with a pinch of salt given mild demand in their end markets.

Europe’s ABS market looks for direction after nearing 3-year low

Europe’s ABS market looks for direction after nearing 3-year low

Updated on:28/01/2019

In Europe, ABS players started to discuss about the February outlook amid divergent market drivers after they closed January deals with rollovers to moderate decreases.

3D printing elbowing its way into production space will be a big story in 2019

3D printing elbowing its way into production space will be a big story in 2019

Updated on:22/01/2019

“Speed, reliability, and material science have combined to get folks to think of 3D printing as a viable solution for end use parts and not just prototyping and tooling,” Cullen Hilkene, CEO of 3Diligent (El Segundo, CA), a digital manufacturing services provider, told PlasticsToday in a recent interview. “In 2017, we saw some big announcements by newer kids on the block—HP and Carbon—that kicked the rest of industry into gear with regards to embracing additive production. The move into production and some penetration of the market is the big story line I see for 3D printing heading into 2019. We are beginning to see some real use cases of polymer additive in a production capacity,” said Hilkene.

SE Asia PP market likely to remain under pressure amid upcoming capacities

SE Asia PP market likely to remain under pressure amid upcoming capacities

Updated on:14/01/2019

PP prices in Southeast Asia have been maintaining their stable to softer trend as the market continues to face pressure from insufficient downstream demand and the upcoming start-up of new capacities in several countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Real sustainability can improve plastics' image without sacrificing profitability

Real sustainability can improve plastics' image without sacrificing profitability

Updated on:09/01/2019

Plastics have suffered from an image problem for decades. But 2018 may be remembered as a tipping point, when negative public opinion started to cause real harm to the industry.

Players tread with caution in Mid-Eastern and African PP, PE markets

Players tread with caution in Mid-Eastern and African PP, PE markets

Updated on:09/01/2019

PP and PE markets in the Middle East and Africa have had a quiet start to the year as a lack of consensus on the market outlook found reflection in the trading activities. New offers for January were revealed steady to softer from last month, sustaining the same trend in place for the large part of last year.

5 hottest plastics packaging issues now

5 hottest plastics packaging issues now

Updated on:08/01/2019

As it has done annually, late in 2018 PlasticsToday posted Top 10 articles of the year compilations that reveal what topics, issues and news drew the most attention over the past 12 months. The articles serve as an indicators of trends across a medium-term timeframe as measured by what stories saw the most readership via website metrics.

 

Turkish players evaluate the imposed anti-dumping duty on Iran PS

Turkish players evaluate the imposed anti-dumping duty on Iran PS

Updated on:08/01/2019

Turkey’s Ministry of Economy enacted an anti-dumping duty of 11.3% on PS imports originating from Iran. The duty entered into force on December 31, 2018. Players were not caught by surprise as expectations had already called for an extra duty of of 11-14% .

A look back at Asian PS markets in 2018: Styrene continues to play a key role

A look back at Asian PS markets in 2018: Styrene continues to play a key role

Updated on:26/12/2018

As 2018 edges to a close, Asia’s PS markets have mostly continued to follow the route of styrene prices. The state of demand along with the movements of crude oil futures remained as other determinant factors.

A look back at Asian PP markets in 2018: Energy costs remain the main driver of pricing

A look back at Asian PP markets in 2018: Energy costs remain the main driver of pricing

Updated on:25/12/2018

When looking back at the price trends for the past one year, it seems that Asian PP markets largely outperformed PE and were better at dealing with some of the negative developments of 2018, including global trade wars and currency crisis.

A look back at Asian PE markets in 2018: Trade wars, currency crisis push prices to near 10-year-low

A look back at Asian PE markets in 2018: Trade wars, currency crisis push prices to near 10-year-low

Updated on:17/12/2018

2018 has been a tough year for the PE markets in Asia as global trade wars and currency issues made most of the headlines of the year, affecting trade quite negatively. Import PE prices across the region started the year on a firm footing, but they have largely failed to maintain it since around February.

Acetylene and ethylene-based PVC move in opposite directions in China

Acetylene and ethylene-based PVC move in opposite directions in China

Updated on:15/12/2018

In China, acetylene and ethylene-based PVC prices have tracked opposite paths so far this week after moving in the same direction for around ten months.

Ethylene-based PVC prices up for 3rd week

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