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Market Insights: Polylactic Acid - 2021

This report provides analysis and forecast to 2035 of the global market for polylactic acid (PLA).  Market Analytics: Polylactic Acid - 2021 includes discussion regarding key market drivers and constraints, as well as supply, demand and trade analysis for nine regions: North America, South America, Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and China with forecasts to 2035.  Analysis, including competitive landscape, who’s who of suppliers and cost competitiveness along with a snapshot of latest pricing trends is also included by region.
Mar 2021
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Polymers and Plastics

Webinar - What is the latest outlook for the global polyolefins industry?

Global polyolefins demand has maintained two percent growth in 2020.  The resilience has been demonstrated by its use in consumer and medical packaging, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) that are essential to the COVID-19 response. The pandemic crisis exacerbated the downturn in the automotive and construction sectors that however experienced some recovery in the second half of 2020.  Global operating rates were maintained in 2020, but are expected to decline over the next few years due to limited demand growth and new capacity coming onstream.   Plastics’ use in PPE slightly redeemed public perception through 2020, and anti-plastics sentiment occupied less public and media attention than at the beginning of 2020.  However, low oil prices made recycling economics more challenging, and COVID-19 contamination concerns and labour restrictions reduced collection and sorting capacity.
Mar 2021
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Petrochemicals
Polymers and Plastics

Webinar - COVID pandemic effects on the polyester industry

The COVID pandemic came at a bad time for the polyester industry, which was already on a steep downturn due to capacity addition in China.  Howver, demand showed remarkable resilience. Fibre mills re-opened quickly after shutdowns during the initial confinements.  Bottled drinks sales reconfigured around formats for home consumption rather than those normally consumed when working or travelling.  Low oil prices and surging upstream capacity dropped input costs and upstream margins, causing a sharp drop in PET resin and fibre prices, and thus aiding competitiveness against both recycle and alternative materials.  The outlook remains challenging, with a massive capacity build underway at all stages in the polyester chain in China.  While Chinese coal-based MEG suffers in the lower oil price environment, a new methanol-based process is being trialled at a world-scale plant in China, which could radically change the global MEG market if successful.
Jan 2021
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Petrochemicals
Polymers and Plastics

Webinar - How will PVC markets build on 2020?

How governments responded when the COVID-19 pandemic reached their own region had a big impact on demand for PVC; what industries were allowed to operate? What was essential?  What was chosen to stop to limit the spread of the virus? Most countries lost significant demand in construction in the second quarter of the year that could not be made back up despite late demand surges, but some countries had surprisingly strong demand throughout the year. Some took opportunities of low operating rates in certain regions by maximizing their own to target exports.  Will this remain, or change again as demand starts to recover? 
Dec 2020
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Polymers and Plastics

Market Insights: EVA Copolymers - 2020

This report provides analysis and forecast to 2035 of supply and demand of the global EVA copolymers market.  EVA end-use demand is segmented by foam, film, photovoltaics, adhesives and ‘others’.    Market Insights: EVA - 2020 includes discussion regarding key market drivers and constraints, as well as supply, demand and trade analysis for nine regions: North America, South America, Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and China.  Analysis also includes the competitive landscape, capacity listing and cost competitiveness along with a snapshot of latest pricing trends by region and price forecasts to 2035.
Dec 2020
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Petrochemicals
Polymers and Plastics

Market Analytics: Polyester and Intermediates - 2020

Market Analytics: Polyester and Intermediates - 2020 provides analysis and forecast of supply and demand of the global polyester and intermediates market including purified terephthalic acid, dimethyl terephthalate, ethylene oxide, mono ethylene glycol, polyethylene terephthalate melt phase and bottle grade.

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