Plastics Plus now marketing Invista nylon in Canada, U.S.
Thermoplastics distributor Plastics Plus Inc is now marketing Torzen nylon 6,6 products from Invista Engineering Polymer Solutions in Canada and the U.S.
Calgary pipeline maker awarded for Australia project
Calgary-based Flexpipe Systems Inc. has received an award from the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) for a light crude oil transfer pipeline in Australia.
Westlake Chemical buys specialty PVC producer Vinnolit
Resin supplier Westlake Chemical Corporation has acquired German-based specialty PVC maker Vinnolit Holdings GmbH and its subsidiary companies for 490 million euros (Cdn$724 million).
VersaFlex boosts presence in Canada, U.S.
VersaFlex Inc, a formulator and manufacturer of polyurea protective coatings, liners and sealants, is expanding its technical sales and service operations into regionally staffed units across Canada and the U.S.
Vinyl most popular material for U.S. siding industry, but for how long?
Demand for siding for residential and nonresidential buildings in the U.S. is forecast to increase 7.1 per cent annually to 103.5 million squares in 2018, valued at US$12.1 billion.
Invista planting deep roots in China
Chemical supplier Invista has broken ground on new hexamethylene diamine (HMD) and nylon 6,6 polymer plants in China.
Eastman buys window film maker Commonwealth Laminating & Coating
Eastman Chemical Co. has purchased window film maker Commonwealth Laminating & Coating Inc. for an undisclosed price.
Federal infrastructure projects should maximize procurement opportunities for Canadian manufacturers: CME
Industry and trade association Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is urging the federal government to level the playing field for Canadian manufacturers and maximize employment opportunities for Canadians in procurement decisions…
Teknor Apex buys compounder Viking Polymers
In a move to expand its rigid PVC compounding capabilities, materials manufacturer Teknor Apex Company has purchased custom compounder Viking Polymers LLC.
A. Schulman buys Prime Colorants
Materials maker A. Schulman Inc. has purchased Prime Colorants Incorporated, a Franklin, ten.-based manufacturer of custom colors and additive concentrates, for approximately US$15.1 million.
BASF selling PVC modifier business to Japan’s Kaneka
Germany-based chemical maker BASF is selling its Vinuran polyvinyl chloride (PVC) modifier business to Japanese materials maker Kaneka Corporation.
New Ontario standards recognize polypropylene pipe
Polypropylene pipe has been added to the province of Ontario’s list of approved products for sanitary and storm water sewer projects.
DuPont to sell glass-laminating products business
Japan’s Kuraray Co. Ltd. will buy DuPont’s Glass Laminating Solutions/Vinyl unit, which supplies polyvinyl butyral and ionomer sheets for safety glass and vinyl acetate monomer and polyvinyl alcohol for automotive, architectural, and…
Quebec’s Novik considered for purchase by Clearview Capital
Novik Inc., a Quebec City-based manufacturer of polymer exterior siding, roof coverings and accessories, has entered into a non-binding agreement to be purchased by American private investment firm Clearview Capital LLC for $45 million.
K 2013 WRAP UP: MATERIALS
$55M automotive, construction biomaterials program launched
In a bid to cut down on the use of traditional petroleum-based polymers, Canada’s federal government is launching a biomaterials program to accelerate the development of green vehicles and buildings.
Ontario’s EM Plastic & Electric Products acquired by Laird Plastics
Plastic product distributor EM Plastic & Electric Products has been sold to materials supplier Laird Plastics, and industry veteran and former EM Plastic owner Ralph Zarboni is remaining at the helm.
Chemicals firm Huntsman buying Rockwood businesses for $1.1 billion
Chemical maker Huntsman Corp. will pay US$1.1 billion in cash to buy two businesses from Rockwood Holdings that it said will make its pigments business more competitive.
Ontario Teachers partners with equity firm to buy U.S. building products manufacturer
The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has joined with U.S.-based private equity firm Ares Management LLC to acquire CPG International Inc., a Pennsylvania-based building materials manufacturer.
Huntsman to buy urethane polyols maker Oxid
In a bid to expand its polyurethane foam insulation business, chemical company Huntsman Corporation is buying specialty urethane polyols supplier Oxid LP.
Bayer MaterialScience selling polyester resins businesses to Stepan
Bayer MaterialScience LLC (BMS) is selling its North American polyester resins business to Northfield, Ill.-based polyester manufacturer Stepan Company.
Spending on buildings, machinery to rise in 2013: StatsCan
Investment in construction and manufacturing machinery and equipment in Canada should reach $398.2 billion in 2013, up 1.7 per cent from 2012, according to Statistics Canada.
Mexico’s Mexichem calls off joint venture with Pemex
Mexican PVC pipe, vinyl resins and compounds manufacturer Mexichem is scrapping plans for a petrochemical joint venture with Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) due to continued delays by the state-run oil company.
BASF to build new emulsion polymers plant in Texas
Chemical company BASF has announced plans to build a new production plant for emulsion polymers in Freeport, Texas.
Spartech shuttering Stratford, Ont., compounding plant
U.S.-based Custom compounder and sheet extruder Spartech Corporation is closing its manufacturing plant in Stratford, Ont.
Sabic unveils multiwall PC sheet capacity in India
In a move to tap into India and greater Asia’s growing construction and greenhouse industries, Sabic Innovative Plastics has started up a line making multiwall polycarbonate sheet at its plant in Vadodara, India.
Nova sells styrenics business to building products maker PFB Corp.
The performance styrenics business of Nova Chemicals Corporation is being purchased by building products maker PFB Corporation.
Westlake ends bid to buy Georgia Gulf
Westlake Chemical Corp. has withdrawn its US$1.2 billion bid to buy rival Georgia Gulf Corp., a maker of vinyl construction products, after Georgia Gulf officials rejected the offer as too low.
Polyurethane/steel deck wins Canadian design award
The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) has given a sustainability design award to a polyurethane bridge application in Edmonton, Alta.
Post-consumer plastic bottles used to make houses in Nigerian city
City planners in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna are using post-consumer plastic bottles to help solve a housing shortage in Africa’s most populous nation.
Dow Wire signs license deal with second Russian manufacturer
In a move to further expand its presence in the Russian Federation, Dow Wire & Cable, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co., has signed a license agreement with Russia’s Uncomtech Group, the country’s largest cable holding company based on…
Vancouver FRP pipe supplier lands big overseas contracts
Vancouver-based fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) pipe manufacturer Hanwei Energy Services Corp. has won $3.4 million in pipe supply contracts for a new salt mining application in China.