Weekly News Digest 2/8/2021

Resin prices increasing

Trinseo expands elastomers facility in Italy

Stepan acquires Invista polyols

Toray develops new nylon 6 based polymer based on nanoalloy technology

Evonik develops new high viscosity grade of PEEK

Borealis 2020 profit plummets

Acrylic impact modifiers key to enhanced Callaway golf balls

Shintech North America to bring on new PVC capacity

This Week in History

February 11, 1942: DuPont ceases manufacturing nylon stockings and transitions to parachute production for WWII.

Weekly News Digest 2/1/2021

Resin prices continue to hammer processors in 2021

BASF increases prices for additives

Mitsubishi expands line of carbon fiber filled materials

German researchers study antimicrobial polymers to battle anti-biotic resistant bacteria

New Santoprene grades aimed at automotive glass run channel weather seals

Dow to reduce flaring at Gulf Coast plants

Shintech adding PVC capacity in Louisiana

Avient launches new Artisan series ABS with metallic effect appearance

Eastman to build new facility to recycle PET in Tennessee

This Week in History

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

Weekly News Digest January 25, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Uniquely challenging market

The Plastics Exchange Market Update January 15, 2021

SI Group announces price hikes on antioxidant additives

Rice University turns pyrolyzed ash into graphene

One Rock, the parent company of Nexeo, acquires European material distributor Distrupol, Here also

Federal judge dismisses suit over suspended Formosa plant permit in Louisiana

Scientists develop thermoplastic biomaterial for tissue implants

ExxonMobil launches new Santoprene R^2 TPV grades with PCR content for weatherseals

An inside look at Cannon’s Virginia ink cartridge recycling plant

New company is focused on recycling discarded fishing rope and nets

This Week in History

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

Weekly News Digest 1/18/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Polypropylene resin contracts poised to jump by double digits

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 1/8/20

Price hikes bring unpleasant surprise to resin markets in December

Federal judge dismisses challenge to Formosa’s planned Louisiana complex

Saic using paint free ASA for grill on MG branded SUV

Avient expanding color concentrates plant in Vietnam

Sentencing set for former Lucent executives on fraud charges

Weekly News Digest 1/11/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Recapping a mad, mad, mad, mad year in the resin market

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 1/1/2021

PP prices soar, Total Petrochemical fire tightens supplies even further

A wild year for resin prices ends with more changes

Volume resin prices keep rising

NPE 2021 is cancelled due to Covid-19

Ascend Performance Materials acquires French compounder Eurostar Engineering Plastics

Mitsubishi Chemical to build pilot plant to make carbon fiber reinforced materials in Japan

Ineos completes acquisition of BP’s aromatics and acetyls business

Braskem restarts idled PE plant in Mexico

The EU adopts stricter rules for plastic waste’s export and import


It’s past time to standardize color tolerances for plastics

This Week in History

January 17, 1977: Monsanto registers the brand name Santoprene

Weekly News Digest 12/28/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Resin prices to climb

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 12/18/2020

Most resins see high prices in 2020

Founder of Research group claims that Loop Industries is “smoke and mirrors” and asks Quebec assembly not to give $100 million USD grant

Star Plastics to distribute Lati’s compounds in North America

INEOS Styrolution breaks ground on new ABS plant in China

Improved resin demand has Dow optimistic for 2021

This Week in History

DuPont Delrin acetal was introduced on January 1st, 1960

Weekly News Digest 12/21/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Spot PE, PP prices spiral higher

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 12/11/20

Prices for polypropylene and polystyrene up in November

Fresh PE price increases announced for January

New BASF Ultramid nylon grade offers excellent surface appearance

Arkema to sell PMMA business to Trinseo

Mitsubishi planning massive MMA plant in Louisiana

Huntsman buying additives maker, Gabriel

BASF completes phase 1 of Geismar MDI update

Weekly News Digest 12/14/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Spot prices for polypropylene soar

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 12/4/20

Commodity resin prices end the year mixed

Brasken PE plant in Mexico sits idle without feedstocks

Owners of Korea Engineering Plastics changing business model

FootJoy develops new spikeless golf shoe utilizing Lubrizol’s TPU


EVs are a risky bet

This Week in History

December 15, 1939: Production of nylon 66 begins at DuPont plant in Seaford, Delaware