Weekly News Digest 6/15/2020


Weekly Resin Report: Recovery in full swing at trading desk

The Plastics Exchange Market Update June 5, 2020

Prices of all volume commodity resins appear to have bottomed out

Mitsui Chemicals starts operations at European PP compounds plant

Ascend acquires two compounders in China

Formosa to idle Port Comfort TX HDPE plant for maintenance

Indorama acquires PET recycling facility in Brazil



Weekly News Digest 6/1/2020


Weekly Resin Report: Spot trading picks up, as supply, demand and pricing fears recede

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 5/22/2020

Prices down for PVC, PS, PC, nylon and ABS

Celanese initiates anti-dumping action against Korean UHMWPE supplier

Mytex adding long glass PP capacity at Covington GA plant

PolyOne launches cross-linkable TPE for high heat applications


Weekly News Digest 5/26/2020

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Weekly Resin Report: Trading activity picks up as manufacturers begin to reopen

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 5/15/2020

Dow begins recovery efforts after mid-Michigan flooding

RadiciGroup names B. Bigler as distributor for Germany

Polyplastics develops new grade of acetal with improved diesel fuel resistance

Polymax TPE ramps up production of medical grades

Shell bringing workers back to Pennsylvania site

Xenia Materials launches new glass fiber reinforced PEBA

Toray develops new carbon fiber reinforced PPS with very high tensile strength

Covestro develops thermally conductive PC grade


Weekly News Digest 5/18/2020

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Weekly Resin Report: Market may have hit bottom, for now, as PE, PP prices record slight uptick

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 5/8/2020

COVID-19 drives commodity resin prices down in April

Strong demand, re-shoring lead to growth at Polymax TPE

Chase Plastic Services to distribute Durethan nylon and Pocan PBT from Lanxess

Fire brought under control at Borealis cracker in Sweden


Melt Blown Polypropylene

I received a request for a polypropylene the other day. The customer was looking for a grade that could be used for making “melt blown” fabric. I was not familiar with this process. You can see it in action in the above video. The polypropylene grades that are used for this have melt flows in the 1200-1500 g/10 minutes range (yes, you read that right).

The process uses an ordinary extrusion line but a high pressure gas is injected into the die which aerosol-izes the melted material and sprays it onto a roller.

I have been in this business for a while but this process was new to me.

Weekly News Digest 5/11/2020


Weekly Resin Report: Producers reduce output to combat over-supply, sliding prices

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 5/1/2020

Glass fiber reinforced polypropylene used for high-pressure piping

Covestro, Teknor Apex team up to compound TPU

Chroma Color upgrades some plants, closes Calumet City plant

DuPont has idled several plants including nylon resin plants

DuPont throttling back plastics production by close to 50%

Borealis sees net profit drop 25% in 1st quarter

Gas leak at LG Chemical PS plant in India leaves 11 dead


Weekly News Digest 5/4/2020

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Weekly Resin Report: Eroding demand and epic plunge in oil prices may lead to rationing of resin production

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 4/24/20

Slowing economy drops the hammer on resin prices

Teknor Apex develops new TPE grades for over-molding for medical devices

Dow to idle PE plants in US

Safety stocks keep APS Elastomers agile during pandemic



Weekly News Digest 4/20/2020

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No social distancing here

Weekly Resin Report: Prices slip, but don’t crater, in spot PE market

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 4/10/2020

PP, PET bottle resin prices down before fill impact of Covid-19

Nova restarts some construction on Ontario project

Nexeo to distribute BioLogiQ biopolymer line in North America

Kraiburg TPE launches new grades aimed at kitchen appliances

Evonik doubles capacity for transparent polyamide

Borealis completes acquisition of Nova’s 50% ownership share in Novealis

Employees volunteer to live at Braskem facility to maintain production of PP

Innovation, not taxes or bans, will solve the plastic waste problem

Why compostable plastics are not sustainable