Weekly News Digest September 20, 2021

Hexpol TPE building new facility in Sweden to expand TPE capacity

Evonik introduces new FR nylon 12 aimed at EV batteries

SABIC launches new grade of Noryl resin to compete against nylon

LyondellBasell Bay City, TX HDPE plant down due to Hurricane Nicholas

New paper shortage impacting the plastic resin business

Flint Hills Resources restarting Houston facility that has been down for maintenance

Mixed pricing outlook for volume resins

ADM and LG Chemical considering starting a PLA joint venture in the US

DSM considering a sale of it’s materials business

Weekly News Digest September 13, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Trading gains momentum as prices stabilize

The Plastics Exchange Market Update, September 3, 2021

New adhesive for difficult to bond materials for medical applications

Former PolyOne executive appointed CEO of Star Plastics after acquisition

SABIC launches automotive grade resins with recycled content

Interesting article on sanitizing items made from TPE

Braskem ends force majeure on polypropylene

LyondellBasell considering sale of it’s oil refining business

Dow declares force majeure on HDPE and LLDPE from it’s St. Charles plant following Hurricane Ida

Everything’s going up, including machinery prices

Weekly News Digest September 6, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: The calm before the storm

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 8/27/2021

Hurricane Ida’s impact on the plastics supply chain may be small

Resin producers trying to restart plants after Hurricane Ida

LyondellBasell lifts force majeure on LLDPE from La Porte TX plant

Akoya Capital Partners purchase of Star Plastics is part of larger strategy

Ampacet launches new line of concentrates for medical applications

INVISTA to double nylon 66 capacity in China

Asahi Kasei to discontinue it’s clear styrenic block copolymer business

The next shortage: natural rubber

SABIC launches automotive grade resins with recycled content

Weekly News Digest August 30, 2021

Total Energies ends force majeure on PP from Laporte TX plant

Tropical storm Ida heads into gulf, may turn into hurricane

PolyPlastics declares force majeure on materials made in Malaysia (behind paywall)

Private equity fund, Akoya buys Star Plastics (behind paywall)

This Week in History

August 30, 1956: Material Distributor, M. Holland founded

August 31, 2000: PolyOne was founded from the consolidation of M.A. Hanna Company and The Geon Company

Weekly News Digest August 23, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Sizable price decline may be on the horizon

The Plastics Exchange Market Update August 13, 2021

Major Chinese shipping port closed due to covid outbreak to cause shipping delays

ExxonMobil discontinues polypropylene sales allocation

Resin markets keeping an eye on Hurricane Grace in Mexico

Indorama declares force majeure at Brazil PET plant

North American resin suppliers seeking PE increase for September

Avient introduces 2 new TPE grades that made from reclaimed PVB from automotive windshields

Rowa Masterbatch develops carbon black color concentrate from pyrolyzed tires

Toray to add new transparent ABS capacity with new plant in Malaysia

US requires full environmental impact statement on Formosa’s petrochemical complex in St James Parish LA.


Resin markets nearing inflection point

Weekly News Digest August 9, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Spot prices mixed as July drew to a close

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 7-30-2021

Lanxess completes purchase of chemical manufacturer, Emerald Kalama Chemical

Evonik acquires German biomaterial manufacturer JeNaCell

SABIC launches new glass fiber reinforced PBT grades aimed at next generation radar units

LyondellBasell opening its polymers and olefins units in LaPorte TX after acetic acid leak

LyondellBasell Lake Charles LA PP production lines back up after lightning strike

LyondellBasell lifts force majeure on PP from its Bayport TX facility which has been closed since the February winter storm

SABIC to launch circular PCR based polycarbonate

Weekly News Digest August 2, 2021

Additives manufacturer, SI Group to sell Industrial Resins to ASK Chemicals

Conventus Polymers moves HQ to larger facility

Covestro sells it share in Pearl Covestro Polyurethane Systems FZCO

SABIC & ExxonMobil JV PE plant to begin production in the 4th quarter

Solvay launches new PEEK grade designed for brake systems and electronic pump components

Avient launches new PREPERM grades for 5g wireless applications

TotalEnergies to partially exit PP force majeure at LaPorte Texas plant

LyondellBasell investigating chemical leak at LaPorte Texas plant that caused fatalities

PP recycler, PureCycle plans new plant in Augusta Georgia

This Week In History

August 7, 1919: J. Paul Hogan, a chemist at Phillips Petroleum and the inventor of polypropylene was born.

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