Corbion and Total to build first world-scale PLA plant in Europe
The new plant is planned to be located in Grandpuits, France and to be operational in 2024 with projected annual capacity of 100,000 tons per year.
Borealis receives European Investment Bank loan for development of circular economy solutions
The EIB grant of 250 million euros will be used to further Borealis’ research, development, and innovation program.
“Zebra project” launched to develop first 100% recyclable wind turbine blades
The turbines will be made from Arkema’s Elium thermoplastic resin.
Sumitomo Chemical opens new PP production facility in China
The new plant is the company’s fifth production facility for polypropylene compounds in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province.
AmSty, Ineos Styrolution and Trinseo team up for polystyrene recycling
The three material suppliers have signed a joint development agreement to jointly explore recycling options for PS.
NatureWorks to expand PLA capacity at Nebraska manufacturing plant
The manufacturing upgrades increase NatureWorks’ responsiveness to changing market dynamics and high demand for its Ingeo biomaterials.
New nanocomposite material prevents malfunctioning of electronics
Russian scientists from South Ural State University have created a composite material for nanoelectronics that can be used as an insulating substance in polymer capacitors.
Researchers find new way to produce polymers using low-energy visible light
The work by researchers from North Carolina State University poses a potential solution to current challenges in producing these materials.
Polyplastics building new COC materials plant in Germany
To be located in Leuna, the plant will make Topas-brand COCs and will be operated by Polyplastics subsidiary Topas Advanced Polymers GmbH.
Court orders recalculation of $1.4 billion in damages in lawsuit between Dow and Nova Chemicals
The dispute centres around the operating agreement for a jointly owned ethane cracker at the Joffre petrochemical complex in central Alberta.
Ineos Styrolution, Trinseo advance plans for polystyrene recycling plant in France
The plant will mark a “step change” in PS recycling in Europe, the companies said.
Biodegrading 3D printing material could lead to disposable oceanic sensors
Scientists at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Florida have developed a 3D printable material made of a marine-biodegradable base polymer that would break down over time to reduce ocean litter.
Braskem’s $750-million polypropylene plant begins commercial production in Texas
The plant in LaPorte has a production capacity of more than 450 kilotons or 1 billion pounds per year.
Polymer panels add camouflaging capability to defense drones
Researchers from the University of South Australia have developed a range of lightweight panels capable of changing colour on demand to allow drones to match the colours of their environment.
Researchers make plastic coatings with high transparency and conductivity
Scientists at the University of Michigan have created a conductive coating that’s also anti-reflective to enhance window-mounted infrared solar cells, LED light panels, and large touchscreens.
Solvay taps Vanderbilt Chemicals to distribute Tecnoflon fluoroelastomers in North America
The Tecnoflon products are designed for use in sealing applications in aggressive chemical and high-heat environments, such as those found in the automotive, industrial, semiconductor and energy industries.
Coca-Cola to switch to 100 per cent rPET bottles in Norway and the Netherlands
The initiative is in line with Coca-Cola’s pledge to eliminate new virgin oil-based PET in all of its bottles within the next decade.
DSM partners to build 3D-printed composite footbridge
The footbridge, to be installed in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will be made from a fibre reinforced thermoplastic called Arnite, which DSM says combines high performance with circularity.
Ascend completes purchase of Italian firms Poliblend and Esseti Plast
First announced in February 2020, the acquisition was put on hold as COVID-19 cases spiked in Italy and then in the U.S.
Nova, Merlin Plastics partner to use curbside recycling for consumer packaging
The collaboration will turn HDPE plastic recyclate into resin for use in everyday products.