Weekly News Digest 9/21/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Stormy weather send PE, PP resin prices to lofty levels

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 9/11/20

ExxonMobil collaborates with Kingfa on new PP grade for automotive applications

PolyPlastics to build cyclic olefin copolymer plant in Germany

PolyPlastics develops new grade of Duranex PBT that has improved hydrolysis resistance and heat shock performance

Power outages limit return of resin production in Louisiana

ChemChina and Sinochem to merge

Sukano offering a masterbatch (concentrate) that kills viruses on plastic parts

Weekly News Digest 9/14/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Spot resin prices soar, as trading set hectic pace

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 9/4/20

Braskem’s largest PP plant to date comes on line in La Porte TX

ExxonMobil develops new foamable PP grade

Alpek to recover $160M from M&G bankruptcy deal in Mexico

Nova Chemicals introduces new PE grades for rotational molding

Star Thermoplastics introduces new TPE grades for over-molding

SABIC’s PEI powder finds use in new high performance composite tapes

Kraton seeks approval for BIAXAM self disinfecting technology

New TPE grades from Teknor Apex meet stringent German drinking water standards

Weekly News Digest 9/8/20

Happy Labor Day!

Weekly Resin Report: Hurricane further tightens PP, PE supplies

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 8/28/20

Commodity resin prices up in August, Hurricane impact unclear for September

Prices up for all commodity resins

Ascend acquires Italian firms Poliblend and Esseti Plast

Americhem acquires Danish firm Controlled Polymers

Paul Tayler takes over as CEO at Nexeo

Russian compounder R&P Polyplastic develops nylon with graphene nanutube filler

Styrene monomer leak reported at Sabic plant in Selkirk NY

Conventus Polymer to distribute Evonik PEEK materials in the US and Canada

Microplastics and microbeads: The impact of the proposed EU ban

PolyQuest to increase capacity for its recycled post consumer PET products

Weekly News Digest 8/31/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Robust processor demand and hurricane threat impact spot market prices

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 8/21/20

PE, PVC, PS prices on the move with hurricane expected to drive more challenges

European thermoplastic price up for 2nd month

The Plastics Exchange Hurricane Laura update

Gulf coast operations shut down in advance of strengthening hurricane

Gulf coast resin production spared the worst of Hurricane Laura

Power outages force temporary closures at some firms in storm’s path

New PE grades from Nova Chemicals reduce cycle times and increase process window

Sabic to boost Noryl production to meet demand

Lubrizol adds TPU capacity

Kraiburg TPE adds new cost effective automotive interior grades

Weekly News Digest 8/24/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Outlook for PE Prices Remains Bullish

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 8/14/20

Producers issue new PE price increases for September

Researchers develop new material that can be recycled without loss of properties

Braskem launches new PP grade to replace PET in food packaging

American Chemistry Council asks CA supreme court to remove DINP plasticizer from Prop 65 list

Recovery underway for resin distribution in 2020

Braskem rejects allegations of corruption involving Mexican state owned petroleum company

Formosa declares force majeure on PVC made in TX and LA

ExxonMobil launches foamable PP for packaging applications

Hexpol TPE adds new bio-based SBC and TPO grades to it offerings

Weekly News Digest 8/17/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Another price increase for August PE contracts on the table

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 8/10/2020

Commodity resin prices stay heated in July

Bioplastics developers trying to make biodegradable materials decay faster

PET distributor PolyQuest names new President

First Graphene Ltd is developing graphene filled HDPE

UK startup plans to capture and recycle large amount of PP food packaging

Formosa declares force majeure on PP from Point Comfort, TX plant

Mitigating and troubleshooting underwater pelletizing issues

Weekly News Digest 8/10/2020

Weekly Resin Report: PE supply/demand balance tightens

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 7/31/2020

Prices for PE, PS and PVC up n July

New joint venture PP compounding plant starts up in Thailand

Avient (formerly PolyOne) launches new medical TPEs

Shell continues reopening Pennsylvania site

Half of DuPont’s global nylon resin capacity still idled

Indorama PE plant in Westlake LA damaged by lightning strike

University of Birmingham develops new polymer for medical implants

Weekly News Digest 7/27/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Strong exports push spot prices higher

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 7/17/2020

Commodity resin prices warm up in June

Commodity resin prices rebound in June

Radici Group launches new Radion Mixloy nylon blends

Polyplastics to be solely owned by Daicel

SK Capital takes majority stake in Techmer PM LLC

Dow cutting workforce by 6% and cutting cost

Aviant (formerly PolyOne) sees steep sales slide in 2nd quarter

MDT acquires Replas from LyondellBasell

Weekly News Digest 7/20/20

Weekly Resin Report: PE, PP prices continue to tick higher

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 7/10/20

Commodity resin prices warm up in June

Dow Increasing PE prices by $.05/lb starting August 1st

Romira develops impact modified polycarbonate with superior clarity

Asahi develops glass fiber reinforced PP suitable for class A auto interior applications

Formosa continues to clash with activists regarding Louisiana plant site

Albis has completed split into separate business units for distribution and compouding

ICIS has acquired Chemical Data LLC

Polycarbonate is the material of choice for face shields

Orange County Convention center is prepared for Covid ahead of NPE 2021

Nova Chemicals declares force-majuere for all LLDPE butene resins