Plastic recycling takes centre stage for consumer brands

Ongoing coverage of plastic pollution has pressured well-known consumer brands manufacturers to increase their commitment to sustainable packaging, and recycling has been one of the items near the top of their agendas. In April, Unilever announced a partnership with start-up company, Ioniqa, which has reportedly developed a proprietary technology that is able to convert any… Read More Plastic recycling takes centre stage for consumer brands

Can acrylic acid and acrylates fulfill second quarter expectations?

The North American acrylic acid and acrylates market has not faced an easy ride in the first four months of 2018. A number of challenges emerged over the first quarter 2018 ranging from steep feedstock swings, tight supply of some products and mounting logistical problems. The upturn in the US economy has been supporting good… Read More Can acrylic acid and acrylates fulfill second quarter expectations?

RUSAL Hit by US Sanctions: The Caustic Soda Industry Takes Stock

The US government has imposed tough sanctions against several leading oligarchs over perceived meddling by Russia in US elections in 2016. The greatest effect is being felt by Oleg Deripaska and the company he effectively controls, Rusal. Rusal is a public limited company and its shares are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange, Hong Kong… Read More RUSAL Hit by US Sanctions: The Caustic Soda Industry Takes Stock

China’s Growing Appetite for MEG & The Coal Dilemma

China’s imports of MEG increased in 2017, but the country has been able to reduce its dependence on foreign material over the past decade. Most recent and future MEG investments in China are Coal-to-MEG projects, which have improved their performance in recent years. We analyse the present and future of the Coal-MEG industry in China.… Read More China’s Growing Appetite for MEG & The Coal Dilemma

New Chinese Tariffs To Have A Varied Impact On Imports From The USA

A new 25% tariff on imports of selected commodities from the USA, imposed by the Chinese government in retaliation for a similar move by the Trump administration, will affect a wide range of materials, including a number of petrochemical feedstocks, intermediates and polymers. Markets for some products listed in the measures will feel the impact… Read More New Chinese Tariffs To Have A Varied Impact On Imports From The USA