Weekly News Digest July 26, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Buying picks up, despite elevated price levels

The Plastics Exchange Market Update: July 16, 2021

August price increase announced for US polyethylene

Polyolefins prices still rising

LyondellBasell brings up one production line after lightning strike at Lake Charles PP plant

Dow Chemical expects strong demand for PE for the rest of 2021

Ascend expands production capacity of it’s HiDura LCPA materials

PolyPlastics develops new test method to identify gas formation in molding

This Week In History

July 28, 1907: Earl Tupper, the inventor of Tupperware, was born in Berlin New Hampshire

July 29, 1941: PET was patented by John Rex Whinfield & James Tennant Dickson

Weekly News Digest July 19, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: No end in sight for price hikes

The Plastics Exchange Market Update July 9, 2021

Geon expands, diversifies compounding capabilities

Avient launches new long glass fiber nylon grades with improved appearance

Toray introduces new PBT grade with lower dielectric loss properties

European distributor, IMCD to distribute Borealis medical grade materials

Covestro start up mini-plant to produce PC from carbon monoxide

Repsol to bring two polymer plants online in Portugal by 2025

More resin producers lifting force majeure’s

Lightning strike shuts down US Gulf Coast polypropylene facility

This Week in History

July 23, 1948: A crude form of ABS was patented by Lawrence E Daley and Robert W Pooley at United States Rubber Company which would later become Uniroyal

July 23, 1965: Washington Penn Plastics Company founded

Weekly News Digest July 12, 2021

Polyolefins prices still rising

Portugal’s Repsol to build two new plants to produce PP and PE

New HDPE film grade from Nova has improved moisture barrier properties

Evonik completes construction of new PA12 plant

Nova Chemical to focus on production after sale of storage hub

June PE contracts confirmed at 5 cent increase

Russia attempting to increase global presence in PE

Weekly News Digest July 5, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Summertime, and resin sourcing ain’t easy

The Plastics Exchange Market Update June 25, 2021

Polypropylene suppliers to extend price increases through summer

LyondellBasell to lift force majeure on PP from Lake Charles La plant

Celanese acquires Santoprene brand TPV from ExxonMobil

Minnesota Rubber & Plastics acquires Pawling Engineered Products

Teknor Apex developing TPEs that can be over-molded onto clear copolyester for medical applications

LyondellBasell acquires PolyPacific Polymers

Huntsman develops new TPU grade for extrusion and blown film that promises better properties and processing

Avient launches new line of elastomers for industrial and consumer products

Weekly News Digest 6/28/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Domestic prime resin in scarce supply

The Plastics Exchange Market Update: June 18, 2021

LyondellBasell declares force majeure on LLDPE following equipment failure at it’s Laporte TX plant

ExxonMobil to raise PE prices for July

Polymer market volumes down in May

Will material prices stabilize?

Resin prices reflect rising demand, limited supply (behind paywall)

Celanese to acquire Poland’s Grupa Azoty acetal business

Indorama acquires CarbonLite PET Recycling assets at bankruptcy auction

Carbios produces a PET bottle made from enzymatically recycled material

Avient introduces new grades that hold better to disinfectants

Lego testing bricks made out of recycled PET

Teknor Apex adds warehousing and sales in Japan

BASF gets expanded food contact approval for its inorganic (non-carbon black) black pigment

INEOS Styrolution launches new PCR polystyrene grade

Weekly News Digest 6/21/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Producers eye June price increases

The Plastics Exchange Market Update June 11, 2021

Two US Petrochemical producers declare force majeure

July PE contract price increases announced

Resin prices up in May (behind paywall)

US producers face challenges from weather and electric grid concerns

Mitsubishi adding new KyronMax products for metal replacement applications

Avient and Oceanworks collaborate to sell recovered ocean and “ocean bound” plastic materials


Plastics industry must speak with united voice to counter anti-plastic messaging

Weekly News Digest 6/14/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Unprecedented shortfall maintains pricing pressure

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 6/4/2021

Evonik partners with Stanford University on polymer based drug delivery

New TPE based wine corks look like natural corks

PET distributor, PolyQuest begins construction on new facility in SC

Thermoplastics market expects healthy 6% growth this decade

Company installs acrylic swimming pool suspended 115 feet in the air in London

Ascend expands nylon production to meet growing demand

Covestro develops TPU for high-speed signal transmission for 5G devices

Mitsubishi unveils new POM grades for medical device applications

Swedish compounder Polykemi building compounding plants in the US and China

This Week In History

June 17, 1988: Borg Warner announces sale of chemical division, including Cycolac ABS, to GE Plastics.

Weekly News Digest June 7, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Flurry of trading activity closes the month

The Plastics Exchange Market Update May 28, 2021

Resin pricing rockets up in May (behind paywall)

Propylene monomer prices surge

Biden admin discussing a 3 year ban on permitting for new plastic material production plants

Nexeo Plastics acquires Italian resin distributor Nevicolor

Resin distributor BARplast opens in Texas (behind paywall)

Solvay employee accuses firm of sharing customer info with China (behind paywall)

Prime Polymer to build new PP plant in Japan

UL recognizes Teknor Apex’s low smoke FR compounds as halogen free


If you think plant based polymers are better for the planet, you’re barking up the wrong tree

Weekly News Digest May 31, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Fasten your seatbelts, hurricane season is coming

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 5/21/2021

Arkema to acquire Italian compounder Agiplast

Demand continues to hit PE, PVC resin prices (behind paywall)

LyondellBasell clarifies PP pricing for May and June


Science should be the bottom line for the plastics industry

This Week in History

June 2, 1947: Earl Tupper patents a plastic resealable container