Weekly News Digest 11/23/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Spot PE prices for some grades inch higher

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 11/13/2020

Trelleborg launches anti-microbial system for polyurethane materials

NeoGraf Solutions announces new flame retardant package for polymers

New Jersey Government files lawsuit alleging that Solvay discharged PFAS compounds into the states waterways

Eastman Chemical is closing PVB plant in Trenton Michigan

Sasol starts production at new LDPE plant in Lake Charles LA

Japan’s Eneos to shut naphtha cracker after mechanical glitches

This Week In History

John Wesley Hyatt, the inventor of the injection molding machine was born in Starkey NY.

Weekly News Digest 11/16/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Resin inventories general remain low

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 11/6/2020

Commodity resin prices end the year mixed

Rochling Sustaplast expanding PET capacity

RTP acquires anti-scratch additive patents

Shenhua Xinjiang unexpectedly shut down it PP and PE plants due to technical glitches

Avient (formerly PolyOne) launches new line of materials to replace painted metal

Evonik completes first plant of new nylon 12 complex in Germany

This Week in History:

This is a new section that I am going to be adding each week to highlight historical events in the plastics business

11/17/2014: Styrolution become wholly owned by INEOS and changes name to INEOS Styrolution

11/19/1872: The injection molding machine is patented by John Wesley Hyatt

The Cycolac Research Vehicle

While doing some research, I came across an article about this car with a body that was thermoformed from ABS in 1960’s. Several prototypes were built by Borg Warner to promote their new plastic, ABS. This is the best article I could find that explained the history of these cars.

A Condensed Version of the CRV/Piranha Story

The Piranha was a kit car that was inspired by the Cycolac Research Vehicle. Here are some photos of a surviving Piranha

The Piranha Kit Car

Here is another article that has a lot of good photos

Weekly News Digest 11/9/2020

Mitsubishi launches new low odor and low mold deposit grades of acetal

New foaming agent micro-spheres help foam TPE’s and TPU’s

Army Corps of Engineers reviewing permits for Formosa project in Louisiana

IHS Markit sees PE over-supply coming

Solvay renews materials deal with Boeing

Lotte LLDPE plant in Indonesia goes down for maintenance

Kraiburg TPE develops new grades for pharmaceutical packaging

Weekly News Digest 11/2/2020

Weekly Resin Report: PE demand ebbs as buyers anticipate lower prices ahead

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 10/23/20

October prices up for PVC and PET

Altair launches database for material simulation data

SABIC launches new grade of Elcres polycarbonate copolymer for medical applications

Additive manufacturer, Mayzo acquires Bio Accutech

Dow introduces first recycled material for shrink film

Matrix Plastics Limited opens new compounding plant for medical grades

Saudi Aramco raising contract prices for propane to Asia for November

India opening anti-dumping investigation on imported LDPE from 6 countries

Avient introduces new Trilliant HC flame retardant materials for medical applications