News Digest 10/29/2018


Weekly Resin Report: Trading desk reports on of the busiest weeks of the year

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 10/19/2018

Americhem expands line of pre-colored medical grade PC/ABS and PC/PBT

PolyOne develops low odor talc filled polypropylene for automotive applications

Lanxess expands line of halogen free flame retardant PBTs

Covestro cutting 900 jobs globally

US Trade Commission rejects anti-dumping duties on PET resin imports from 5 countries

Ascend adds nylon 66 feed-stock capacity, launches new grade


News Digest 10/22/2018


Weekly Resin Report: Processors tap spot market for good deals

The Plastics Exchange market update: 10/12/2018

PE, PS, PET prices up, PP down, PVC flat

Ascend nylon 66 plant back at 90% capacity after fire

Lanxess offers new nylon and PBT grades for laser transmission welding

Kraiburg introduces new line of TPEs designed for adhesion to nylon

Covestra showcases TPU based on carbon dioxide technology

Solvay introduces PPS grades and recycled nylon 66

Elix ABS sold to Chinese firm

Teknor Apex adds high temperature nylon compounds

Covestro eyes expansion of PC business

BASF in negotiations with EU for acquisition of Solvay nylon business

Elix ABS launches new grades for consumer products




Condensation and Polypropylene


A common and frustrating problem with polypropylene materials and especially filled polypropylene materials is surface moisture on the pellets. Polypropylene is not hygroscopic so it does not absorb moisture out of the atmosphere but if the pellets have moisture on the surface, it will cause the same problems as you would experience running wet hygroscopic material like nylon. You will experience splay and loss of physical properties.

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News Digest 10/15/2018


Weekly Resin Report: Spot markets are off to the races

The Plastics Exchange market update 10/5/2018

Upward pricing for commodity resins with exception of PP

Celanese to acquire Indian compounder Next Polymers

French industry group warns of global PA66 shortage

Shell petrochemical complex on track

Hurricane Michael to impact PVC pipe manufacturing

Hurricane Michael causes shutdowns



News Digest 10/8/2018

Citizen Kane

Weekly Resin Report: PE market turns bullish

The Plastics Exchange weekly market update 9/28/18

PE, solid PS, PET bottle resin prices rise while PP prices slide

Ascend showcasing new PA66 grade for automotive applications

Clariant plans to sell off pigments and masterbatch business

French automotive plastics association warns of impending crisis amid PA66 Shortage

SABIC will spin off Ultem, Noryl and LNP