Weekly News Digest 11/16/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Resin inventories general remain low

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 11/6/2020

Commodity resin prices end the year mixed

Rochling Sustaplast expanding PET capacity

RTP acquires anti-scratch additive patents

Shenhua Xinjiang unexpectedly shut down it PP and PE plants due to technical glitches

Avient (formerly PolyOne) launches new line of materials to replace painted metal

Evonik completes first plant of new nylon 12 complex in Germany

This Week in History:

This is a new section that I am going to be adding each week to highlight historical events in the plastics business

11/17/2014: Styrolution become wholly owned by INEOS and changes name to INEOS Styrolution

11/19/1872: The injection molding machine is patented by John Wesley Hyatt

The Cycolac Research Vehicle

While doing some research, I came across an article about this car with a body that was thermoformed from ABS in 1960’s. Several prototypes were built by Borg Warner to promote their new plastic, ABS. This is the best article I could find that explained the history of these cars.

A Condensed Version of the CRV/Piranha Story

The Piranha was a kit car that was inspired by the Cycolac Research Vehicle. Here are some photos of a surviving Piranha

The Piranha Kit Car

Here is another article that has a lot of good photos

Weekly News Digest 11/9/2020

Mitsubishi launches new low odor and low mold deposit grades of acetal

New foaming agent micro-spheres help foam TPE’s and TPU’s

Army Corps of Engineers reviewing permits for Formosa project in Louisiana

IHS Markit sees PE over-supply coming

Solvay renews materials deal with Boeing

Lotte LLDPE plant in Indonesia goes down for maintenance

Kraiburg TPE develops new grades for pharmaceutical packaging

Weekly News Digest 11/2/2020

Weekly Resin Report: PE demand ebbs as buyers anticipate lower prices ahead

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 10/23/20

October prices up for PVC and PET

Altair launches database for material simulation data

SABIC launches new grade of Elcres polycarbonate copolymer for medical applications

Additive manufacturer, Mayzo acquires Bio Accutech

Dow introduces first recycled material for shrink film

Matrix Plastics Limited opens new compounding plant for medical grades

Saudi Aramco raising contract prices for propane to Asia for November

India opening anti-dumping investigation on imported LDPE from 6 countries

Avient introduces new Trilliant HC flame retardant materials for medical applications

Weekly News Digest 10/26/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Spot PE posts first price decline since April

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 10/16/20

Celanese to add UHMWPE capacity at it’s plant in Bishop TX

Shell Polymers continues work on its petrochemicals complex in PA

Arlanxeo selling Canadian olefins business to Mitsubishi

Kraiburg TPE adds electrically conductive TPE line

Attendee registration opens for NPE 2021

Weekly News Digest 10/19/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Spot materials remain scarce

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 10/9/2020

Prices for PP, PE, PVC up for 4th month in a row

An update from the Gulf Coast

Hurricane Delta hits areas still recovering from Hurricane Laura

Romira introduces two new PC/PBT grades

Rowa Masterbatch develops improved nigrosine black color concentrate for nylon

Additive manufacturer, Mayzo Inc acquires Bio Accutech

Cathy Dodd named distribution president at Avient (PolyOne)

BASF launches microbial-resistant TPU for food contact applications

SABIC to establish stand alone business unit for Noryl, Ultem and LNP compounds

Weekly News Digest 10/12/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Spot resin prices hold flat at elevated levels

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 10/2/20

Short supply and strong sales lift PVC prices

Hurricane Delta begins to thrash parts of TX & LA

M. Holland enters European market with agreement with JL Goor Materials

Delta Tecnic SA opens plant in Mexico

Teknor Apex expanding Brownsville TN plant

Hexion selling it’s phenolic resin unit, including the Bakelite brand to investment group

Arkema executives acquitted of criminal charges over TX plant explosion

NYCOA gets green light from FDA for its nylon copolymer film for food packaging

Weekly News Digest 10/5/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Processors face thinning supplies and escalating prices

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 9/25/2020

Resin price changes hit processors for fourth straight month

Cross-linking elastomer with metal ions may yield medical breakthrough

Evonik develops new PEEK formulation that improves bone implant fusion

LyondellBasell takes a 50% stake in Sasol’s Lake Charles petrochemicals plant

Lanxess launches new hydrolysis resistant PBT

BASF develops new TPU grade for pneumatic hose applications

Weekly News Digest 9/28/2020

Weekly Resin Report: Supply/demand imbalance continues

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 9/18/2020

Tight supplies challenge PE, PP resin markets

Prices up for nearly all major volume resins

Update on Sasol Lake Charles chemical complex recovery from Hurricane Laura

Total and Corbion joint venture to build PLA plant in France

Avient (formerly PolyOne) sees sales recovery in 3rd quarter

PTTGCA lines up ethane supplier for proposed Ohio PE plant

Sumitomo Chemical to open new plant in China

SABIC to boost production of Noryl SA9000 to support 5G

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