Weekly News Digest 1/20/2020

Long Row of Typewriters

Weekly Resin Report: Middle-East tensions, depleted inventories spur buying surge

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 1/10/2020

Shell considering building polycarbonate plant in China

Solvay increases specialty stabilizer output in West Virginia

Explosion and fire at Sasol LDPE plant in Louisiana 

Radici acquires Italian recycling company

Polyplastics develops new grades of acetal for drug contact and delivery applications

Coventus develops new clear glass filled nylon for firearms industry

Victrex forms joint venture to build new PEEK plant in China

ATSP Innovations developing new class of polymer


Weekly News Digest 1/13/2020


Weekly Resin Report: Historically low resin prices ring in new year

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 1/3/20

Changes hit North American resin prices to close out the year

Prices bottom out for PE & PP? Up for PS. Flat to down for PVC & PET

DuPont and ExxonMobil collaborate on new TPV material

Borealis to take full ownership of Novealis JV

Ineos Styrolution building ABS plant in China

Formosa gets final approval from Louisiana to start building massive petrochemical complex

LyondellBasell and Sinopec plan to form JV to build propylene oxide and styrene monomer plant in China

Teknor Apex expands line of TPE for wearable devices

New supplier of color, additives and purging compounds offers broad portfolio

Six trends impacting the global automotive plastics market in the new decade

Several reports projecting solid growth for recycled plastics

Are plastic recycling programs rubbish?


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Weekly Resin Report: Polypropylene trading records one of the busiest weeks of the year

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 12/20/2019

Covestro completes sale of PC sheet business

Clariant debuts new bio-based additives

Kraiburg develops new TPEs that deliver rubber like properties

SABIC to liquidate three subsidiaries

Poland’s Azoty launches nylon compounding plant



Weekly News Digest 12/23/2019

Long Row of Typewriters

Weekly Resin Report: PE prices hold steady, PP slips another cent

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 12/13/2019

More PE and PP capacity coming to North American in 2020

Clariant agrees to sell masterbatch division to PolyOne

MOL Group develops high-clarity PP for blow molded containers

M. Holland restructures resin resale business

Star Thermoplastic makes management changes

Asahi Kasei opens new sales office in Detroit area

Many plastics tariffs unchanged in US-China trade deal

LyondellBasell’s polypropylene processing technology employed in a new plant

China to lift tariffs on some US resins


Weekly News Digest 12/16/2019


Weekly Resin Report: Flurry of trading activity starts the month

The Plastics Exchange Market Update: 12/6/2019

Saudi Arabia’s National Petrochemical introduces new PP grades for medical applications

DSM introduces new heat resistant blow molding grade nylon materials

TPC plant explosion’s impact on butadiene pricing still being assessed

INEOS Styrolution and Agilyx to build PS recycling plant in Illinois

Ocean Cleanup is retrieving garbage from the Pacific Ocean garbage patch

Kraiburg TPE launches new grades for appliance applications

BASF introduces new higher flow Polyphenylsulfone grade

INEOS Styrolution offers SMMA grades for food contact applications

Elix Polymers introduces new plating grade ABS

Hexpol TPE rolls out new compounds for wire sheathing



Weekly News Digest 12/9/2019

Long Row of Typewriters

Weekly Resin Report: Get ready for end of the year deals

The Plastics Exchange market update 11/29/2019

Volume resin prices flat-to-down going into new year

Kraiburg kicks off program to develop renewable based TPE

Cabot develops black color concentrate line based on recycled ingredients

Judge signs off on Formosa fine for pellet pollution in Texas

EU clears the way for Alpek to acquire Lotte chemicals European PET operations

Coventus Polymers opens subsidiary in Mexico

Italian compounder, Sirmax opens TPE plant in Poland

Kraiburg develops TPE for co-extrusion with nylon for corrugated tubes

Opinion: China ethylene capacity set for meteoric expansion


Weekly News Digest 12/2/2019


Weekly Resin Report: Spot resin markets hit historically low price levels

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 11/22/2019

Changes on the way for North American resin prices

Formosa Plastics expected to pay $50 million to settle pellet pollution lawsuit

Eastman working on bio-plastic that is paintable for automotive applications

Explosion rocks TPC butadiene plant in Texas

Evacuation, air monitoring continues around TPC butadiene plant

New compounder opens in Leominster MA

EU clears Domo’s purchase of Solvay PA business