New Digest 10/9/2017


Niche Polymers expands operations

Flat glass fiber developed for reinforcement of thermoplastics

Albis to acquire carbon fiber composite recycler

M Holland to acquire marketing group

Weekly Resin Report: PE, PP prices ease across the board

Compounder, Shanghai PRET Composites sees explosive growth

Toxic flame retardants are still being used despite alternatives

Agilyx, Ineos Styrolution plan to develop chemical based polystyrene recycling

Evonik developing new method for making methyl methacrylate

A. Schulman may be looking for a buyer


News Digest 10/2/2017


Distributor, Foster Corp adds Lotte ABS and PC to their line cards

Weekly Resin Report: Shortage of materials puts price increases in play

Compounder PolyVisions introduces new flame retardant polyesters

Certainteed says that defective PP from Ravago caused siding problems

Hurricane season hitting material prices

PET manufacturers accuse 5 countries of “dumping”


News Digest 9/25/2017


Star Plastics adds new equipment and new logo

DowDuPont starts up new PE plant in Texas

Shareholder asks Clariant to rethink merger with Huntsman

Arkema expands flouropolymer capacity in US

Weekly Resin Report: As prices continue to climb, resin availability swells, until it doesn’t

M Holland adds staff to cope with growth

LyondellBasell starts PP production at new plant in Dalian, China

The first phase of new Old Ocean, TX Chevron Phillips PE plant is now operational

BASF enters deal to buy Solvay’s nylon business¬†


Hurricane Harvey Update 9/22/2017


All in all, the effects of Hurricane Harvey on the plastics industry have been minor compared those from Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. Many of the plants seem to be getting up and running and transportation has improved a lot.

PetroChem Wire Harvey aftermath final report

ExxonMobil Baytown and Beaumont refineries begin fuels production, chemical plants ramping up to normal operations

IHS Markit hurricane update

IHS Markit hurrice update, full report (PDF)

Harvey pushes up prices on many resins

Latest post Hurricane Harvey updates signal swifter recovery

PetroChem market analyst: Expect PP price increases post-Harvey

News Digest 9/18/2017


Norner AS announces first licensing of it’s polyethylene production technology

SABIC expands with new PP facilities in Europe

Hexpol to show new low VOC TPEs at upcoming show

Japan’s DIC to expand capacity for PPS compounds

Weekly Resin Report: Following Harvey-induced price surge, PP markets calm down

New high-barrier PET polymer from Solvay and Husky

Albis opens new plant in SC

SABIC’s latest PP pilot plant is now operational in the Netherlands