News Digest 5/1/2017


Ineos Styrolution to increase ABS & ASA capacity in Mexico and announces new plant in Texas

Weekly Resin Report: PE, PP prices trending down

M Holland to build new distribution center near Chicago & Here

Nova Chemicals to pay large settlement to Dow for patent infringement

PP prices tumble 5.5 cents in April

Lanxess investing $27 million in Belgium to improve nylon production & Here

Plasticomp installs new pultrusion line to make long carbon fiber reinforced materials


Weekly News Digest 4/24/2017


Commodity material prices increase in March

Companies working to develop new nano-cellulose reinforced material

New M&G PET plant back on schedule after problems with contractor

Akzo Nobel to separate chemicals arm

ExxonMobil and SABIC to build joint polyethylene plant in Corpus Christi TX and Here

Nova buying majority stake in olefins plant

US production of polyethylene to exceed domestic demand

Weekly Resin Report: Processors seek to shore up depleted inventories



News Digest 4/17/2017


Editors Note: Sorry about the news digest not being posted last week. I had a bit of a family emergency.

Japan Polypropylene introduces new grade of glass fiber reinforced TPO for automotive interior parts

Invista develops new nylon 1,6 resin

Weekly Resin Report (4/11/2017): Processor and supplier activity picks up at start of Q2

New Clariant master-batches boost properties for recycled PET and PLA

Weekly Resin Report (4/4/2017): Spot polypropylene prices develop steep discounts to contracts

PS, PVC prices climb in March

Formosa shuts down PVC plant after leak

Miliken & Company acquires Keystone Aniline

European compounders threatened by tight titanium dioxide supplies


News Digest 4/3/2017


Clariant introduces low VOC stabilizer packages for automotive interior plastics

Trinseo doubles down on medical market, achieves ISO 13485 certification

Weekly Resin Report II: Flow of offers improves, prompted by better liquidity for most materials

Compounding Solutions to provide compounding for Lubrizol medical grade polyurethanes

Solvay sells cross-linkable compounds unit

Nova, Borealis and Total Petrochemicals to form joint venture to make PE in Texas

Americhem to overhaul UK manufacturing site


News Digest 3/20/2017


New 6500 ton injection molding machine to mold septic tanks

BASF to invest in new additives plant in China

Spanish oil company Repsol introduces line of PP, PE and EVA for medical applications

Toho Tenax develops new carbon fiber reinforced PEEK based on recycled feedstocks

Weekly resin report: Spot PP and PE prices ease back a penny

Chevron Phillips declares force majeure on HDPE

Nylon 6 and 6/6 price increases take hold

Teknor Apex inks nylon distribution deal with M. Holland

Dow veteran joins PolyOne board

Lanxess’ transformation leads to solid 2016 financial results

French start-up advances milk-based bioplastics

US Navy develops new transparent TPE armor

Russian supplier Sibur sees growth in polyolefin

Weekly News Digest 3/13/2017


Solvay introduces two new grades of PEEK for implantable devices

FDA approves cosmetics container made out of KW Plastics recycled polypropylene

Nexeo Solutions announces changes to its board of directors after member joins Trump White House

Teijin develops hard-coating technology for polycarbonate automotive glazing

Scientists at several universities working together develop new PE/iPP multiblock polymer

Weekly resin report: Commodity resin prices rise a penny

Nexeo Solutions purchases Mexican material distributor Ultra Chem


News Digest 3/6/2017


PolyOne applies for patent on carbon nanotube reinforced plastic materials

Nexeo acquires part of German material distributor K.D. Feddersen Norden AB

NBD Nanotechnologies introduces new hydrophobic polymer additives

Weekly resin report: Polypropylene market resumes rally

PE, PP, PVC prices on the rise

PolyOne increases its credit line by $50 million

A. Schulman to open new distribution center in Stryker Ohio


News Digest 2/20/2017

Citizen Kane

Solvay appoints new president to head up composite materials

Plastic electronics set to revolutionize products

Weekly resin report: Lackluster demand opens gap between buyer and seller price expectations

USI Group claims new cyclic block copolymers offer many advantages

Toyoba turning to foaming to reduce weight of plastic parts for automotive

Ohio recycler closes doors