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Europe PE buyers stunned by new June pricing offers – Polyethylene (PE) buyers in Europe are beginning to get new offers for June pricing, and several were stunned at the strength of increases sought by suppliers – Europe PE Polyethylene June pricing

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Europe PE buyers stunned by new June pricing offers

Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)–Polyethylene (PE) buyers in Europe are beginning to get new offers for June pricing, and several were stunned at the strength of increases sought by suppliers.

Europe PE Polyethylene June pricing “I am really surprised,” said one buyer on hearing that two of its suppliers were talking about €100/tonne increases.

“This is a big problem,” said another. “I hope we can find a solution.”

The June ethylene contract has settled up by €63/tonne to €1,150/tonne, and producers are keen to recover some of the lost spread between ethylene and PE.

The gap between monomer and polymer has been slipping consistently, while cracker margins have remained strong, affected only recently by higher upstream feedstock costs.

Europe PE Polyethylene June pricing

“I was shocked with the kind of increase they are asking me for,” said another buyer.

“I’d rather wait and see… I won’t close prices soon. I would rather wait to see how the market evolves.”

One reason that many PE buyers were so surprised by the new offers in the market was that most did not perceive the market as tight, not even balanced.

Most buyers perceived several PE grades to be long.

This view was borne out by the lack of pre-buying that had taken place in the PE market, according to distributors.

“Somebody has to reduce production. PE is long,” said one.

“I was very surprised by the [monomer] settlements,” said another. “Now we have to see how it will translate into the polymer.”

Some high density polyethylene (HDPE) grades have tightened in recent weeks, as length has been tempered by export opportunities and lower imported volumes, while other grades were considered to be long by the market.

Sources expected settlements to be done late this month, as buyers take their time to see the direction of the market.

Some saw it as a last-ditch attempt to raise prices before the onslaught of imports from new North American capacities, although most did not expect significant quantities from these new capacities before the end of the year, however.

PE is used in packaging, the manufacture of household goods, and also in the agricultural industry.

Picture source: Monkey Business Images/REX/Shutterstock

By Linda Naylor
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Fewer chemicals registered than expected in EU as Reach passes final milestone – The final deadline for the EU’s Reach chemicals registration has passed with the total number of dossier submissions for different materials coming in below original forecasts, according to the director of registration at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) – Chemicals registered EU Reach

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Fewer chemicals registered than expected in EU as Reach passes final milestone

 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)–The final deadline for the EU’s Reach chemicals registration has passed with the total number of dossier submissions for different materials coming in below original forecasts, according to the director of registration at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on Friday.

Chemicals registered EU Reach 21,550 substances were registered over the three milestones of the Reach programme, below the 30,000 projected by ECHA before the start of the project, despite the 88,300 total dossier registrations over the 11-year period coming in close to the predicted 90,000.

13,000 companies submitted registrations over the lifespan of the Reach registration phase, creating the largest database of chemical properties in the world, according to ECHA registration director Christel Musset.

“With this last registration deadline we can say that we’ve reached an important milestone for safe use of chemicals in Europe,” Musset said.

“Before Reach was introduced there was a clear lack of knowledge… With Reach, chemical companies have the [data] to ensure that the chemicals they manufacture can be handled safely at the workplace,” she added.

Concluding on 31 May, the final deadline covered chemicals used in quantities of over a tonne, prompting concerns that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) coming under the ECHA spotlight for the first time would have difficulty coping with the financial and organisational costs of the process.

The cost to small businesses is still being counted, but 18% of the submissions for the final round came from SMEs, Musset said, undershooting earlier expectations.

The lower than anticipated number of chemicals registered may be due to the shifting landscape of European production since the numbers were determined 15 years ago, Musset said, along with portfolio rationalisations based on what was profitable to register and what should be discontinued.

“We don’t have the last figures on the registration, we have to remember that the forecasts were done something like 15 years ago and it was representing the market as it was at the time,” Musset said.

“Companies have rationalised portfolios, and made business decisions not to register in certain cases,” she added.

It also remains to be seen how substantial the impact of unregistered products will be on supply chains.

“This may only become clear later on when a supply chain realises that a certain chemical has not been registered,” she said, noting that the number of substances registered is similar to those in the US market.

ECHA has been encouraging downstream users to reach out to their suppliers and verify registration plans, and has been alerting buyers of when a registration dossier is submitted for a necessary material, according to Mercedes Vinas, ECHA’s head of unit for dossier registrations.

“The numbers will only become clearer later this year,” she told ICIS.

“This applies also to sectors such as aerospace which are very down in the supply chain of chemicals, and it will only be clear for them if their substances are registered later this year. So we are in dialogue with then, we try to publish information as soon as there is a process initiated for registration,” she added.

ECHA will now need to confirm the dossiers and conclude completeness checked by 31 August, when the information will be published on its website. A large-scale enforcement project to work with EU member states on compliance with the new rules will begin next year, according to ECHA executive director Bjorn Hansen.

“We now have one system, it includes all chemicals, it has all the data that has been collected… this data has been used by industry to ensure safety,” he said.

The UK was the second-most significant contributor of registration dossiers over the lifespan of the project after Germany, according to ECHA, followed by France, Italy and the Netherlands.

The relationship of UK chemicals firms to ECHA following Brexit remains to be determined, but ECHA is equipped to enact any changes that are agreed, according to Hansen.

“Anything is possible but that depends on our political masters,” he said.

“Whatever is agreed, we at ECHA will be able to implement it, whatever that entails. Depending on the technicalities we might need more time, but I principally don’t see any technological, scientific or administrative problems,” he added.

Picture source: ImageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

By Tom Brown

–Edited by Geetha Narayanasamy, geetha.narayanasamy@spglobal.com

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Risks and Benefits of Nanosilver – However, silver has been shown to be a very powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agent – I am often asked about silver as a health supplement. I’ve been reluctant to endorse widespread use of silver because it is a reactive metal – Risks Benefits Nanosilver

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Risks and Benefits of Nanosilver

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 Risks Benefits Nanosilver I am often asked about silver as a health supplement. I’ve been reluctant to endorse widespread use of silver because it is a reactive metal, and it can accumulate in the brain.

However, silver has been shown to be a very powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agent. Most important, organisms cannot develop resistance to its antimicrobial effect, as they do in the case of pharmaceutical medications, for which emerging resistance is a major problem.

Unfortunately, there are very few studies on the possible toxic effects of silver on the nervous system and cell function. But I suspect that toxicity will be found.

In my opinion, long-term use of oral solutions of silver should be discouraged. Short-term use — say, for a few days — in small doses probably would not be that harmful.

One such use would be for treating MERSA, the so-called flesh-eating bacteria. Because this is a deadly, mutilating infection, it warrants the small risk of silver toxicity.

Topical use of silver is most likely safe. In fact, I use it regularly for skin infections, small cuts, and other skin lesions.

Several years ago colloidal silver was all the rage. Now, it’s nanosilver — silver that contains nanosize particles.

What is the difference between colloidal silver and nanosilver?

Because of its extremely small particle size, nanosilver is much more reactive than colloidal silver or normal silver.

It has more surface area exposure than ordinary silver or colloidal silver — that translates into a more powerful antimicrobial benefits.

This means that when a small amount of nanosilver gel is applied to a boil or sore, it can kill many more harmful microorganisms than either antibiotics or ordinary silver — even when it is used in much lower concentrations.

Ingesting nanosilver can produce significant toxicity to cells, tissues, and organs — including the brain and spinal cord. Therefore I strongly recommend against using it internally, except in the most extreme circumstances.

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Turkey’s Petkim raises polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene, polyethylene list prices – Turkish petrochemical and plastics producer Petkim has increased its polypropylene, polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride list prices – Turkey Petkim polyvinyl chloride polypropylene polyethylene

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Turkey’s Petkim raises polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene, polyethylene list prices

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Turkey Petkim polyvinyl chloride polypropylene polyethylene Turkish petrochemical and plastics producer Petkim has increased its polypropylene, polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride list prices, a company source confirmed Friday.

The increases were a response to the rises in European June contract prices for upstream ethylene and propylene, the source said.

The European June ethylene contract price settled up Eur63/mt on the month to Eur1,150/mt FD NWE, while the European June propylene contract price rose Eur80/mt on the month to Eur1,032/mt FD NWE.

Petkim increased all PP grade list prices by $30/mt on June 1, with its PP raffia list price rising to $1,705-$1,715/mt FCA Aliaga as a result.

LDPE and HDPE list prices were also raised $30/mt, with the LDPE H2-8 list price up to $1,680/mt FCA Aliaga and the HDPE film grade list price up to $1,480/mt FCA Aliaga.

Petkim’s PVC list price also rose $30/mt to $1,360/mt FCA Aliaga.

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Nippon Paint launches a new premium interior paint made with BASF dispersions derived from renewable resources – Nippon Paint BASF dispersions renewable resources

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Nippon Paint launches a new premium interior paint made with BASF dispersions derived from renewable resources

  • First decorative paint in Asia Pacific produced with BASF biomass balance dispersions: manufactured from raw materials derived from renewable resources
  • Low-odor interior paint offers excellent sustainability performance from the source of the raw materials to the application of the end-user
  • Use of sustainable raw materials certified by German TÜV SÜD as independent 3rd party
Nippon Paint BASF dispersions renewable resources   Shanghai, China – Nippon Paint’s Infinite Air is the first interior paint in China to use dispersions produced according to BASF’s biomass balance approach. The launch of this new paint, by Asia’s largest coatings manufacturer and service provider, helps save fossil resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing excellent product performance including low odor.
“Nippon Paint is excited to develop this new eco-friendly interior paint together with our raw material partner BASF. As an innovation pioneer in the paint industry in China, it is our responsibility to produce high quality paints in an environmentally-friendly, sustainable manner,” said Tony Tsai, Vice President, Trade Use Unit Decorative Coatings Division Marketing, Nippon Paint.
The TÜV SÜD-certified biomass balance approach is a sustainability concept developed by BASF. At the beginning of the production process, fossil resources are replaced with renewable feedstock, such as bio-naphtha or biogas derived from biomass. The sustainability of the biomass feedstock like plant oil or crude tall oil (wood residue from the paper industry) is assured through well-recognized certification systems, such as, International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) and REDcert.
“With this sustainable method, our latest Infinite Air paint can be produced with dispersions derived from certified renewable raw materials like sustainable palm oil or residues from Scandinavian wood. Each liter of paint thus helps conserve fossil resources and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. We aim to contribute to sustainable development while offering safe and environmentally-friendly interior paint to our customers in China,” Tsai added.
“Our collaboration with Nippon Paint helps meet increasing demand for sustainable solutions. We will continue to develop innovations that allow our customers meet the end consumer needs and legislations,” said CheeSeng Yong, Head of Regional Marketing, Polymer Dispersions for Architectural Coatings, Dispersions & Resins Asia Pacific, BASF.
The biomass balance for Infinite Air is certified by global verification organization TÜV SÜD in strict accordance with the German CMS71 standard. This certification verifies that the fossil resources consumed for this specific product are fully replaced by renewable feedstock at the beginning of production process.
About BASF’s Dispersions & Pigments division
The Dispersions & Pigments division of BASF develops, produces and markets a range of high-quality pigments, resins, additives and polymer dispersions worldwide. These raw materials are used in formulations for coatings and paints, printing and packaging products, construction chemicals, adhesives, fiber bondings, plastics, and paper as well as for electronic applications such as displays. With its comprehensive product portfolio and its extensive knowledge of the industry, the Dispersions & Pigments division offers its customers innovative and sustainable solutions and helps them advance their formulations. For further information about the Dispersions & Pigments division, please visit  www.dispersions-pigments.basf.com.
About BASF
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The more than 115,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of €64.5 billion in 2017. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at  www.basf.com.
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