Weekly News Digest: January 27, 2023

Resin Price Report: PE exports set all-time record

The Plastics Exchange Market Update: January 23, 2023

Severe weather hits Houston area petrochemical and resin producers

Dow cutting 2,000 jobs

Carbon black supplier Orion reduces air emissions with new technology

Rohm opens new innovation center in Wallingford CT

This Week in History

February 1, 2002: ExxonMobil becomes the sole owner of Advanced Elastomer Systems and the Santoprene product line.

February 4, 1941: Roy J Plunkett was granted a patent for “Tetrafluoroethylene Polymers” also known as Teflon.

Weekly News Digest: January 23, 2023

Resin Price Report: PP contracts could see steep increase this month

The Plastics Exchange Market Update: January 13, 2023

New leadership at Covestro’s US operations

BASF to expand MDI plant in Geismar Louisiana

New York bans PFAS in food packaging

Dow Chemical reduces PE price increase for January and adds one for February

Kraiburg develops new TPEs for commercial food equipment

Amapcet launches new colorants for electrical and electronics applications

Graphene nanotubes reduce static build up in TPU hoses

This Week in History

January 29, 1938: Paul Schlack at IG Farben invents nylon 6

Weekly News Digest January 16, 2023

Resin Price Report: Prices rise at start of new year

The Plastics Exchange Market Update: January 6, 2023

Nexeo to distribute Teknor Apex TPEs in Europe

DSM launches 2 new grades for pressure vessels for hydrogen storage

CAI introduces new FR additives for PC film

Avient launches cross-linkable formulations for photovoltaic cables

Chevron Phillips to construct new petrochemical complex in Qatar

Corpus Christi Polymer resumes construction of PTA/PET plant

Recycled material prices show stability heading into 2023

This Week in History

January 17, 1977: Monsanto registers the trade name Santoprene

Weekly News Digest: January 2, 2023

No notable news during this holiday week. If you haven’t already read them, I would highly recommend that you read a series of articles from Plastics Technology Magazine about the history of polymers. They are a fascinating look at the history of all of the plastic materials that we use. It gets a little deep into the chemistry but most of the material is suitable for the lay person. Here is a link to the first of 24 articles in the ongoing series:

Tracing the History of Polymeric materials Part 1

This Week in History

January 5, 1918: The American Cellulose and Chemical Manufacturing company was founded. This company’s name would become Celanese Corporation of American in 1927