Weekly News Digest May 17, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Demand rises to start the month and so does pricing

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 5/7/2021

Commodity resin prices keep on climbing

Upbeat Lanxess raises forecast (behind paywall)

No injuries reported after 2nd fire in 5 days at Ascend plant in Florida

Avient launches new TPE grades with anti-microbial technology

This Week in History

May 21, 2007: GE announces that is selling it’s plastics division to SABIC

Weekly News Digest May 10, 2021

Supply shortfall continues in PP even as prices ease (behind paywall)

CP Chem to add PE feedstock capacity (behind paywall)

No injuries reported after fire at Florida Ascend plant (behind paywall)

Trinseo completes acquisition of Arkema’s PMMA business

Researchers develop microcapsules filled with lubricants for self-lubricating plastics

DSM launches new grades for medical devices

BASF PPSU grade used to make new baby bottles

This week in History

May 15, 1940: The first nylon stockings, manufactured from DuPont nylon 66, were shipped to retail stores.

Weekly News Digest May 3, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Buyers drag feet, hoping price relief is in pipeline

The Plastics Exchange Market Update April 23, 2021

PE, PVC, PS resin prices continue to rise (behind paywall)

European resin prices rise to record highs

Compounder, Foster Corp inks sales agreement with Drake Medical

DSM debuts portfolio of medical grade materials

Nova declares force majeure on PE after mechanical issue at Ontario facility

DOMO launches PA66 grade for laser welding

Solvay launches new PPA grades for metal replacement applications

Weekly News Digest 4/16/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Price gap between contract and spot resin markets

The Plastics Exchange Market Update April 9, 2021

PP prices down, other commodity prices up in a turbulent March (behind paywall)

European plastic industry faces extreme raw material shortages and price increases

Raw material shortages pose threat to European production

Domo Chemicals develops new nylon 66 for laser welding applications

Avient launches new specialty toners for polycarbonate

SABIC launches recycled ocean bound plastic material

Teknor Apex launches FR nylon with high strength and superior surface finish

This Week in History

April 21, 1801: E.I Dupont DeNemours and Company was founded in Wilmington Delaware

April 22, 1987: GE Plastics trademarks Noryl GTX

April 25, 1961: Ravago is founded in Belgium

Weekly News Digest 4/12/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Supply/Demand equilibrium remains work in progress

The Plastics Exchange Market Update April 2, 2021

Commodity resin prices rise, but PP falls

Kuraray resumes production at Texas plants (behind paywall)

Hunt for resin continues, even as supplies improve (behind paywall)

Resin and scrap broker, Shaw Bros Co. files chapter 11 (behind paywall)

Americhem expands PA compounding plant (behind paywall)

Celanese adding capacity for resin and compounds (behind paywall)

RadiciGroup invests in new production capacity

Lanxess co-developing a transmission oil pan molded from PA6

BASF introduces new PPA for thin walled electrical connectors

RIP Hyman Shuman, founder of Shuman Plastics

Weekly News Digest April 5, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Spot resin demand sets feverish pace, despite high prices

The Plastics Exchange Market Update March 26, 2021

Polypropylene resin pricing roller coaster continues (behind paywall)

Avient expands portfolio of recycled content TPE

AGC develops antimicrobial and antiviral material for film applications

Skepticism mounts over utility of biodegradable plastics

Radici sets $40 Million expansion in global polymers (behind paywall)

Braskem Idesa’s Mexico PE complex operating at 70% capacity (behind paywall)

A world of shipping woes taxes supply lines (behind paywall)

SABIC to launch new material made from recovered ocean plastic

This Week in History

April 6, 1865: BASF (Badishe Anilin Und Soda Fabrik) founded in Germany

Weekly News Digest March 29, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: More than 5 billion pounds of resin production lost

The Plastics Exchange Market Update, March 19, 2021

A March toward higher prices for commodity resins (behind paywall)

BASF issues price increases on additives and nylon 6

Maritime traffic jam grows in Suez Canal

Suez canal blockage is delaying $400 million an hour in goods

Skepticism mounts over utility of biodegradable plastics

BASF expands Ultrason PPSU product line

Lucent execs sentenced to federal prison for fraud role (behind paywall)

Sadara Chemical Company shuts down cracker in Jubail Saudi Arabia due to compressor issue

European distributor, K.D. Fedderson to carry Celanese medical grades

DOMO Chemicals names Bamberger Polymers as North American distributor

Weekly News Digest 3/22/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Supply slowly ramps back up

The Plastics Exchange Market Update March 12, 2021

Covestro introduces new low-friction PC grades

Resin plants restarting, but supplies remain tight (Behind pay wall)

This Week in History

March 26, 1956: Polypropylene was patented by J. Paul Hogan at Phillips Petroleum

March 27, 1933: Polyethylene was discovered by accident at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in Northwich England.