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Jan 30th, 2017

Global Manufacturers Intend to Increase Production of Plastics Suitable for Recycling

Global manufacturers are concerned about the issue of plastic products that can be re-recycled and not sent to landfill. At present, the plastic recycling is remaining at a low level while the plastic manufacturing is rapidly increasing. Most of the plastic goods are thrown away polluting the world-wide ocean. Annually over 300 million tonnes of […]...

Jan 25th, 2011

Oregon House Republicans may Kill Ban on Plastic Bags

Republicans in the Oregon House may balk at a proposal to ban plastic grocery sacks even if it gets through the Senate. Republican leaders said in a meeting with newspaper editors at the Capitol Monday none of the members of their Caucus was clamoring for the plastic ban. In the House, split 30-30, nothing can […]...

Nov 5th, 2010

Colourful Green Polymers

A new environmentally friendly concept in functionalising polymers allows coloured dye to be integrated directly into polymers that can be used in clothes and packaging, say UK scientists. New ways to make environmentally friendly polymers are needed due to dwindling reserves of petroleum and poor degradability of existing polymers. Polylactic acid (PLA) may provide a […]...

Aug 24th, 2010

Polyester Chain: PFY softens while PSF gains

Polyester upstream ethylene prices gained in Asian and USA markets pushed by rising feedstock naphtha values and tight market supply. Demand from downstream derivative markets was also buoyant, particularly from polyethylene markets. However, demand in Japan was seen dropping. Similarly, Asian paraxylene prices regained the previous week’s loss while European markets saw prices weakening following […]...

Apr 15th, 2010

Spot Propylene Prices in US Dip as Demand Weakens

Weakening demand has pressured a drop in spot propylene prices in USA by about 6%, amid looser supply. As per ICIS, refinery-grade propylene (RGP) for April was offered earlier this week at 52.50 cents/lb (US$1157/ton), falling steadily since it last traded at 56 cents/lb on 5 April. RGP inventories rose by nearly 8% in the […]...

Mar 30th, 2010

Persistent Hike in American Propylene Outpaces Other Global Markets

Spot propylene prices continued their strong upward movement in USA last week, leading producers to nominate hefty price increases on April contracts, as per Chemorbis. These increases have put US propylene at a premium when compared with prevailing propylene prices in other major global regions, but has so far failed to trigger propylene imports by […]...

Feb 25th, 2010

Ethylene prices in USA continue to rise during February

US ethylene prices continued to rise during February. March Nymex cleared ethylene settling and expiring at US$0.54/lb. The contract, which began trading in July 2009, settled for February last month at US$0.4675/lb. Ethylene trades in 100,000 lb lots per contract on the NYMEX’s Clearport system. In the overall cash markets, March ethylene traded up from […]...

Feb 19th, 2010

US Demand for Independently Compounded Resins to Grow 2.9% pa in 2013

US demand for independently compounded resins is forecast to grow 2.9% pa to 7.6 billion lbs in 2013 as per Reportlinker. Total value, including additives, fillers and other production costs, will reach US$14.6 bln. Further thermoplastic inroads at the expense of metal, wood and glass will necessitate higher performance characteristics and a more competitive cost […]...

Feb 4th, 2010

ASF Names PolyOne Distribution as Distributor for Ultrason® High Temperature Polymers in North America

Wyandotte, MI – BASF’s Engineering Plastics business has entered into an agreement with PolyOne Distribution, Avon Lake, Ohio, for PolyOne to serve as an authorized distributor for Ultrason® high temperature polymers to the healthcare industry in North America. The product line includes Ultrason® S Polysulfone (PSU), Ultason® E Polyethersulfone (PESU) and Ultrason® P Polyphenylsulfone (PPSU). […]...

Jan 22nd, 2010

German Biopolymer Supplier FKuR Opens US Office

German biopolymer supplier FKuR has opened an office near Austin, Texas, to serve customers in the US and Canada. The Cedar Park operation, FKuR Plastics Corp (the name is pronounced Ef-Cur), currently has one employee, but the office will add two more workers within 90 days. “We started a small marketing campaign. Business is good,” […]...

Jan 20th, 2010

American Chemistry Council Reacts To Statement From HHS And FDA On Bisphenol A

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement today in reaction to the Health and Human Services (HHS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement on bisphenol A (BPA). “The HHS statement today confirms that exposure to BPA in food contact products has not been proven harmful to children or adults. However, the agency […]...

Jan 20th, 2010

US demand for extruded plastics projected to grow to 34 bln lbs in 2013

Demand for extruded plastics in the US is projected to grow 2.6% pa to 34 bln lbs in 2013, valued at US$23 bln (resin content only) as per Freedonia. Resins will account for 40% of the US$59 bln final product cost. Gains will be driven by extrusion’s cost efficiency, processing ease and high volume uses, […]...

Jan 20th, 2010

Rising PVC prices in Asia, USA, expected to firm up in the month ahead

Although January is generally a slow month for PVC demand in the Northern Hemisphere, PVC prices in Asia and the US have seen significant increases this month with sellers generally predicting that prices will continue to firm up, as per Chemorbis. Prices in both regions have been aided by comparatively good demand in Asia, where […]...

Jan 15th, 2010

American Technical Molding to Add Liquid Silicone Rubber Molding and Tooling

American Tool & Mold Inc., and its injection molding division, American Technical Molding, are about to be joined by a third branch of the Clearwater, company. ATM recently said is expanding its offerings this year to include liquid silicone rubber tooling and molding. Demetre Loulourgas, the company’s president, said the move is in response to […]...

Jan 11th, 2010

What the EPA’s “Chemicals of Concern” Plans Really Mean

The agency’s environmental and health concerns about phthalates, PBDEs and two other chemical types marks a shift in federal policy and is sparking policy changes in advance of anticipated regulations In an unusual exercise of its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on December 30 the establishment […]...

Jan 11th, 2010

Evonik Increases Price for VESTOWAX

Evonik Industries’ Coatings & Additives Business Unit announces a price increase for all Fischer-Tropsch and polyethylene waxes marketed under the trade name of VESTOWAX® in Europe and the Middle East. The price rise will take effect from February 1, 2010 and will be between 6 and 8%, depending on the VESTOWAX® grade. This increase does […]...

Dec 29th, 2009

Plantic inks deal to improve biodegradable plastic supply chain

Australian manufacturer of corn-based bioplastics announces plans for new manufacturing facility Plantic Technologies, the Australia-based developer of biodegradable plastics made from plants, has announced plans for a new US manufacturing facility designed to reduce the cost of its production procesess. The company has signed a deal to relocate one of its manufacturing lines to the […]...

Dec 29th, 2009

PLANTIC TO SET UP MANUFACTURING IN USA IN COLLABORATION WITH NATIONAL STARCH LLC

Plantic Technologies Limited and National Starch LLC have announced a collaboration to establish a site for the manufacture of Plantic products in the USA. This covers the relocation of one of Plantic’s existing proprietary manufacturing lines from Australia to USA, and a new manufacturing facility in USA. With this, Plantic will shortening supply chain through […]...

Dec 29th, 2009

Chemtura to sell global PVC additives business to SK Capital

Chemtura Corporation, has entered into a definitive agreement with SK Capital Partners to acquire Chemtura’s global PVC Additives business. SK Capital is a New York-based private equity firm focusing on the specialty materials, chemicals and healthcare industries. The sale will include certain assets, the stock of a European subsidiary and the assumption of certain liabilities. […]...

Jul 21st, 2009

Tyre Makers in Asia Raise Concerns Over Feedstock BD Surge

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)–Tyre makers in Asia have raised concerns over soaring feedstock butadiene (BD) prices, which may hamper demand recovery and impact on their fourth-quarter (Q4) contract negotiations with the styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) producers. BD is the feedstock for SBR, which in turn is used in the manufacture of tyres for the automotive industry. […]...