Europe top stories: weekly summary

ICIS Editorial

26-Feb-2024

LONDON (ICIS)–Here are some of the top stories from ICIS Europe for the week ended 23 February.

Europe PE/PP contract prices reach three figure hikes for February
Contract prices for European polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) have settled upwards from initial moves earlier in February, in the pivotal third week of the month.

Chemical firms back call for stronger business environment in EU
The chief executives of BASF, INEOS, Covestro, Clariant and Dow Europe among others on Tuesday backed a new declaration calling for stronger European Commission prioritisation of business, calling for an industrial deal to be placed at the core of the new Parliament.

Europe propylene limitations raise concerns down value chain
The European propylene (C3) supply and demand balance is in a tighter than expected position due to a combination of healthy demand and planned and unplanned production constraints.

BASF navigates low-growth environment as China Verbund spending continues
As BASF prepares to provide more detail on its 2023 financial performance, the Germany-based chemicals major is to navigate the still-chilly waters of 2024 as spending on its flagship China Verbund site in Zhanjiang continues and project pipelines face ever-tougher scrutiny.

INSIGHT: EU chemicals plead for help while production sinks to 1999 levels
As chemical production in Europe plunges to levels last seen during the 2008/9 financial crisis and back in 1999, industry leaders are urging the EU to improve the regulatory framework and do more to protect them from unfair competition. But with the fundamentals of supply and demand so out of balance globally, there are limits to how much politicians can achieve in Europe.

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