Weekly News Digest August 9, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Spot prices mixed as July drew to a close

The Plastics Exchange Market Update 7-30-2021

Lanxess completes purchase of chemical manufacturer, Emerald Kalama Chemical

Evonik acquires German biomaterial manufacturer JeNaCell

SABIC launches new glass fiber reinforced PBT grades aimed at next generation radar units

LyondellBasell opening its polymers and olefins units in LaPorte TX after acetic acid leak

LyondellBasell Lake Charles LA PP production lines back up after lightning strike

LyondellBasell lifts force majeure on PP from its Bayport TX facility which has been closed since the February winter storm

SABIC to launch circular PCR based polycarbonate

Weekly News Digest August 2, 2021

Additives manufacturer, SI Group to sell Industrial Resins to ASK Chemicals

Conventus Polymers moves HQ to larger facility

Covestro sells it share in Pearl Covestro Polyurethane Systems FZCO

SABIC & ExxonMobil JV PE plant to begin production in the 4th quarter

Solvay launches new PEEK grade designed for brake systems and electronic pump components

Avient launches new PREPERM grades for 5g wireless applications

TotalEnergies to partially exit PP force majeure at LaPorte Texas plant

LyondellBasell investigating chemical leak at LaPorte Texas plant that caused fatalities

PP recycler, PureCycle plans new plant in Augusta Georgia

This Week In History

August 7, 1919: J. Paul Hogan, a chemist at Phillips Petroleum and the inventor of polypropylene was born.

Weekly News Digest July 26, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Buying picks up, despite elevated price levels

The Plastics Exchange Market Update: July 16, 2021

August price increase announced for US polyethylene

Polyolefins prices still rising

LyondellBasell brings up one production line after lightning strike at Lake Charles PP plant

Dow Chemical expects strong demand for PE for the rest of 2021

Ascend expands production capacity of it’s HiDura LCPA materials

PolyPlastics develops new test method to identify gas formation in molding

This Week In History

July 28, 1907: Earl Tupper, the inventor of Tupperware, was born in Berlin New Hampshire

July 29, 1941: PET was patented by John Rex Whinfield & James Tennant Dickson

Weekly News Digest July 19, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: No end in sight for price hikes

The Plastics Exchange Market Update July 9, 2021

Geon expands, diversifies compounding capabilities

Avient launches new long glass fiber nylon grades with improved appearance

Toray introduces new PBT grade with lower dielectric loss properties

European distributor, IMCD to distribute Borealis medical grade materials

Covestro start up mini-plant to produce PC from carbon monoxide

Repsol to bring two polymer plants online in Portugal by 2025

More resin producers lifting force majeure’s

Lightning strike shuts down US Gulf Coast polypropylene facility

This Week in History

July 23, 1948: A crude form of ABS was patented by Lawrence E Daley and Robert W Pooley at United States Rubber Company which would later become Uniroyal

July 23, 1965: Washington Penn Plastics Company founded

Weekly News Digest July 12, 2021

Polyolefins prices still rising

Portugal’s Repsol to build two new plants to produce PP and PE

New HDPE film grade from Nova has improved moisture barrier properties

Evonik completes construction of new PA12 plant

Nova Chemical to focus on production after sale of storage hub

June PE contracts confirmed at 5 cent increase

Russia attempting to increase global presence in PE

Weekly News Digest July 5, 2021

Weekly Resin Report: Summertime, and resin sourcing ain’t easy

The Plastics Exchange Market Update June 25, 2021

Polypropylene suppliers to extend price increases through summer

LyondellBasell to lift force majeure on PP from Lake Charles La plant

Celanese acquires Santoprene brand TPV from ExxonMobil

Minnesota Rubber & Plastics acquires Pawling Engineered Products

Teknor Apex developing TPEs that can be over-molded onto clear copolyester for medical applications

LyondellBasell acquires PolyPacific Polymers

Huntsman develops new TPU grade for extrusion and blown film that promises better properties and processing

Avient launches new line of elastomers for industrial and consumer products

Weekly News Digest 6/28/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Domestic prime resin in scarce supply

The Plastics Exchange Market Update: June 18, 2021

LyondellBasell declares force majeure on LLDPE following equipment failure at it’s Laporte TX plant

ExxonMobil to raise PE prices for July

Polymer market volumes down in May

Will material prices stabilize?

Resin prices reflect rising demand, limited supply (behind paywall)

Celanese to acquire Poland’s Grupa Azoty acetal business

Indorama acquires CarbonLite PET Recycling assets at bankruptcy auction

Carbios produces a PET bottle made from enzymatically recycled material

Avient introduces new grades that hold better to disinfectants

Lego testing bricks made out of recycled PET

Teknor Apex adds warehousing and sales in Japan

BASF gets expanded food contact approval for its inorganic (non-carbon black) black pigment

INEOS Styrolution launches new PCR polystyrene grade

Weekly News Digest 6/21/2021

Weekly Resin Report: Producers eye June price increases

The Plastics Exchange Market Update June 11, 2021

Two US Petrochemical producers declare force majeure

July PE contract price increases announced

Resin prices up in May (behind paywall)

US producers face challenges from weather and electric grid concerns

Mitsubishi adding new KyronMax products for metal replacement applications

Avient and Oceanworks collaborate to sell recovered ocean and “ocean bound” plastic materials


Plastics industry must speak with united voice to counter anti-plastic messaging