Weekly News Digest 10/19/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Spot materials remain scarce

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 10/9/2020

Prices for PP, PE, PVC up for 4th month in a row

An update from the Gulf Coast

Hurricane Delta hits areas still recovering from Hurricane Laura

Romira introduces two new PC/PBT grades

Rowa Masterbatch develops improved nigrosine black color concentrate for nylon

Additive manufacturer, Mayzo Inc acquires Bio Accutech

Cathy Dodd named distribution president at Avient (PolyOne)

BASF launches microbial-resistant TPU for food contact applications

SABIC to establish stand alone business unit for Noryl, Ultem and LNP compounds

Weekly News Digest 10/12/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Spot resin prices hold flat at elevated levels

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 10/2/20

Short supply and strong sales lift PVC prices

Hurricane Delta begins to thrash parts of TX & LA

M. Holland enters European market with agreement with JL Goor Materials

Delta Tecnic SA opens plant in Mexico

Teknor Apex expanding Brownsville TN plant

Hexion selling it’s phenolic resin unit, including the Bakelite brand to investment group

Arkema executives acquitted of criminal charges over TX plant explosion

NYCOA gets green light from FDA for its nylon copolymer film for food packaging

Weekly News Digest 10/5/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Processors face thinning supplies and escalating prices

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 9/25/2020

Resin price changes hit processors for fourth straight month

Cross-linking elastomer with metal ions may yield medical breakthrough

Evonik develops new PEEK formulation that improves bone implant fusion

LyondellBasell takes a 50% stake in Sasol’s Lake Charles petrochemicals plant

Lanxess launches new hydrolysis resistant PBT

BASF develops new TPU grade for pneumatic hose applications

Weekly News Digest 9/28/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Supply/demand imbalance continues

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 9/18/2020

Tight supplies challenge PE, PP resin markets

Prices up for nearly all major volume resins

Update on Sasol Lake Charles chemical complex recovery from Hurricane Laura

Total and Corbion joint venture to build PLA plant in France

Avient (formerly PolyOne) sees sales recovery in 3rd quarter

PTTGCA lines up ethane supplier for proposed Ohio PE plant

Sumitomo Chemical to open new plant in China

SABIC to boost production of Noryl SA9000 to support 5G

Weekly News Digest 9/21/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Stormy weather send PE, PP resin prices to lofty levels

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 9/11/20

ExxonMobil collaborates with Kingfa on new PP grade for automotive applications

PolyPlastics to build cyclic olefin copolymer plant in Germany

PolyPlastics develops new grade of Duranex PBT that has improved hydrolysis resistance and heat shock performance

Power outages limit return of resin production in Louisiana

ChemChina and Sinochem to merge

Sukano offering a masterbatch (concentrate) that kills viruses on plastic parts

Weekly News Digest 9/14/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Spot resin prices soar, as trading set hectic pace

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 9/4/20

Braskem’s largest PP plant to date comes on line in La Porte TX

ExxonMobil develops new foamable PP grade

Alpek to recover $160M from M&G bankruptcy deal in Mexico

Nova Chemicals introduces new PE grades for rotational molding

Star Thermoplastics introduces new TPE grades for over-molding

SABIC’s PEI powder finds use in new high performance composite tapes

Kraton seeks approval for BIAXAM self disinfecting technology

New TPE grades from Teknor Apex meet stringent German drinking water standards

Weekly News Digest 9/8/20

Happy Labor Day!

Weekly Resin Report: Hurricane further tightens PP, PE supplies

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 8/28/20

Commodity resin prices up in August, Hurricane impact unclear for September

Prices up for all commodity resins

Ascend acquires Italian firms Poliblend and Esseti Plast

Americhem acquires Danish firm Controlled Polymers

Paul Tayler takes over as CEO at Nexeo

Russian compounder R&P Polyplastic develops nylon with graphene nanutube filler

Styrene monomer leak reported at Sabic plant in Selkirk NY

Conventus Polymer to distribute Evonik PEEK materials in the US and Canada

Microplastics and microbeads: The impact of the proposed EU ban

PolyQuest to increase capacity for its recycled post consumer PET products

Weekly News Digest 8/31/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Robust processor demand and hurricane threat impact spot market prices

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 8/21/20

PE, PVC, PS prices on the move with hurricane expected to drive more challenges

European thermoplastic price up for 2nd month

The Plastics Exchange Hurricane Laura update

Gulf coast operations shut down in advance of strengthening hurricane

Gulf coast resin production spared the worst of Hurricane Laura

Power outages force temporary closures at some firms in storm’s path

New PE grades from Nova Chemicals reduce cycle times and increase process window

Sabic to boost Noryl production to meet demand

Lubrizol adds TPU capacity

Kraiburg TPE adds new cost effective automotive interior grades

Weekly News Digest 8/24/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Outlook for PE Prices Remains Bullish

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 8/14/20

Producers issue new PE price increases for September

Researchers develop new material that can be recycled without loss of properties

Braskem launches new PP grade to replace PET in food packaging

American Chemistry Council asks CA supreme court to remove DINP plasticizer from Prop 65 list

Recovery underway for resin distribution in 2020

Braskem rejects allegations of corruption involving Mexican state owned petroleum company

Formosa declares force majeure on PVC made in TX and LA

ExxonMobil launches foamable PP for packaging applications

Hexpol TPE adds new bio-based SBC and TPO grades to it offerings

Weekly News Digest 8/17/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Another price increase for August PE contracts on the table

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 8/10/2020

Commodity resin prices stay heated in July

Bioplastics developers trying to make biodegradable materials decay faster

PET distributor PolyQuest names new President

First Graphene Ltd is developing graphene filled HDPE

UK startup plans to capture and recycle large amount of PP food packaging

Formosa declares force majeure on PP from Point Comfort, TX plant

Mitigating and troubleshooting underwater pelletizing issues