Weekly News Digest 4/12/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Supply/Demand equilibrium remains work in progress

The Plastics Exchange Market Update April 2, 2021

Commodity resin prices rise, but PP falls

Kuraray resumes production at Texas plants (behind paywall)

Hunt for resin continues, even as supplies improve (behind paywall)

Resin and scrap broker, Shaw Bros Co. files chapter 11 (behind paywall)

Americhem expands PA compounding plant (behind paywall)

Celanese adding capacity for resin and compounds (behind paywall)

RadiciGroup invests in new production capacity

Lanxess co-developing a transmission oil pan molded from PA6

BASF introduces new PPA for thin walled electrical connectors

RIP Hyman Shuman, founder of Shuman Plastics

Weekly News Digest April 5, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Spot resin demand sets feverish pace, despite high prices

The Plastics Exchange Market Update March 26, 2021

Polypropylene resin pricing roller coaster continues (behind paywall)

Avient expands portfolio of recycled content TPE

AGC develops antimicrobial and antiviral material for film applications

Skepticism mounts over utility of biodegradable plastics

Radici sets $40 Million expansion in global polymers (behind paywall)

Braskem Idesa’s Mexico PE complex operating at 70% capacity (behind paywall)

A world of shipping woes taxes supply lines (behind paywall)

SABIC to launch new material made from recovered ocean plastic

This Week in History

April 6, 1865: BASF (Badishe Anilin Und Soda Fabrik) founded in Germany

Weekly News Digest March 29, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: More than 5 billion pounds of resin production lost

The Plastics Exchange Market Update, March 19, 2021

A March toward higher prices for commodity resins (behind paywall)

BASF issues price increases on additives and nylon 6

Maritime traffic jam grows in Suez Canal

Suez canal blockage is delaying $400 million an hour in goods

Skepticism mounts over utility of biodegradable plastics

BASF expands Ultrason PPSU product line

Lucent execs sentenced to federal prison for fraud role (behind paywall)

Sadara Chemical Company shuts down cracker in Jubail Saudi Arabia due to compressor issue

European distributor, K.D. Fedderson to carry Celanese medical grades

DOMO Chemicals names Bamberger Polymers as North American distributor

Weekly News Digest 3/22/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Supply slowly ramps back up

The Plastics Exchange Market Update March 12, 2021

Covestro introduces new low-friction PC grades

Resin plants restarting, but supplies remain tight (Behind pay wall)

This Week in History

March 26, 1956: Polypropylene was patented by J. Paul Hogan at Phillips Petroleum

March 27, 1933: Polyethylene was discovered by accident at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in Northwich England.

Weekly News Digest 3/15/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Soaring resin costs stun buyers

The Plastics Exchange Market Update March 5, 2021

Processors hunt for resin as shortages continue

Texas freeze heats up resin prices

Analyst: We’ve never seen anything like this PP demand crunch

PP and other volume resin prices jump

Current recycled polymer price competitiveness fueling switch away from virgin material

PET recycler, Carbonlite files Chapter 11

Dow to build TPU plant in China

DuPont acquires Laird Performance Materials

Shell targeting 2022 for start up of Pennsylvania PE plant

Evonik adds new transparent polyamide for optics industry

Weekly News Digest 3/8/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Supply shortages and soaring prices

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 2/26/2021

PP prices take record leap

Recycler planning to collect and recycle automotive bumper facias

Resin market recovery could linger through first half of 2021

Kraiburg introduces new TPE grades with very low durometers

BASF introduces new carbon fiber reinforced PPA grades

Avient introduces new non-blooming TPE grades

Weekly News Digest 3-1-2021

Weekly Resin Report: Winter storms severely disrupt PE, PP production

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 2/19/2021

Texas winter storm shuts down resin production

Resin makers taking stock after Texas storm and power outage

Cold snap, tight supplies send commodity resin prices up in February

Polyplastics adds new high flow acetal grade

New Canadian PP resin plant might be for sale

This Week in History

March 5, 1963: The Hula Hoop, made from Phillips Petroleum polyethylene, was patented

Weekly News Digest 2/22/2021

Weekly Resin Report: February could set record for largest PP price increase in single month

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 2/12/2021

Gulf coast weather event shuts down resin manufacturing

Celanese declares force-majeure on several products

Prices still rising for volume resins

Expect resin prices to continue to rise, but not quite as steeply

Sumika Polymer Compounds expands into Poland

Lanxess to acquire Emerald Kalama Chemicals

This Week in History

February 28, 1935: Wallace Carothers at DuPont invents Nylon 66

Weekly News Digest 2/15/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Trading enters uncharted territory

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 2/5/2021

Resin buyers see price hikes in new year

Crude oil prices tracking up

Auto industry takes nylon prices for a ride

ExxonMobil introduces new blow molding HDPE grade with improved stress crack resistance

Teknor Apex introduces new material for capstock for wood fiber composite decking that promises better weathering for dark colors

Asahi Kasei introduces new semi-aromatic polyamides for auto interiors

SABIC introduces new super high flow PC for automotive lighting

Total Petrochemicals plant in Laporte TX has started back up and is producing PP

Weekly News Digest 2/8/2021

Resin prices increasing

Trinseo expands elastomers facility in Italy

Stepan acquires Invista polyols

Toray develops new nylon 6 based polymer based on nanoalloy technology

Evonik develops new high viscosity grade of PEEK

Borealis 2020 profit plummets

Acrylic impact modifiers key to enhanced Callaway golf balls

Shintech North America to bring on new PVC capacity

This Week in History

February 11, 1942: DuPont ceases manufacturing nylon stockings and transitions to parachute production for WWII.