Semiconductor chip shortage will cost the auto industry $210B in 2021, new forecast says
Consulting firm AlixPartners also says that production of 7.7 million units will be lost in 2021, up from its earlier forecast of 3.9 million units.
Five parts suppliers combine to form Teijin Automotive Technologies
Continental Structural Plastics, Inapal, Benet, CSP Victall, and Teijin Automotive Center Europe are now unified under this single brand.
Microsoft, Sabic partner on new mouse with 20 per cent recycled ocean plastic shell
The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is Microsoft’s first product made with recycled ocean plastic.
McDonald’s ‘drastically reducing’ virgin plastics used in Happy Meal toys
The company plans to complete its global transition to more sustainable materials for Happy Meal toys by the end of 2025.
PVC maker Kem One acquired by Apollo Global Management
Kem One has 1,400 employees and eight industrial sites located across France and Spain.
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Nova Chemicals commits $100,000 for Hurricane Ida relief efforts
The commitment includes direct donations to the American Red Cross and the Capital Area United Way.
DSM considering sale of its materials business
As part of a restructuring, the Dutch material supplier says that it has started a review of strategic options for its materials businesses, including the possibility of selling them.
Sumitomo introduces Meguri brand sustainable resins
The brand comprises materials that include PMMA, PE and PP produced by advanced recycling technologies.
Eastman to acquire film maker Matrix
Matrix is the marketer of PremiumShield-brand performance films, including its line of automotive film patterns.
Genomatica and lululemon collaborate to develop plant-based nylon for apparels
Nylon is the largest volume of synthetic material currently used to make lululemon products.
Star Plastics appoints Donald Wiseman as new CEO
Wiseman has held senior-level leadership roles with GreenMantra Technologies, PolyOne, Cabot Microelectronics, Americhem, and Rohm and Haas.
Braskem and SCG Chemicals sign MoU to produce green polyethylene
If the feasibility studies are approved, a joint production facility would be located in Map Ta Phut, Rayong, Thailand.
Industrial technology company EnPro sells its polymer components business
The new owner, Edgewater Capital Partners, will rename the organization Altamira Material Solutions.
Scientists develop mathematical modeling tool to predict polymer properties
The tool will allow researchers to predict the properties of polymer networks before they’re even created.
Invista to double nylon 6,6 polymer capacity in China
The company will invest $230 million at its production facility at Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in response to growing material demand.
Asahi Kasei names Todd Glogovsky as new president and COO
Glogovsky, who joined Asahi Kasei in 2017, has over 30 years of plastics experience.
Researchers develop new laminate that changes colour when deformed
The colour change alerts people to a possible material failure at an early stage.
Outgoing LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel named as new CEO of W.R. Grace
Maryland-based specialty chemicals and materials supplier W.R. Grace was recently acquired by global industrial company Standard Industries.
Asahi Kasei to discontinue its clear styrenic block copolymer business
Branded as “Asaflex”, the material has been on the market since 1982.
Royal DSM announces 2030 emissions reduction target
The chemical supplier plans to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 50 per cent by 2030.
Nexeo names Nathan Wiker as VP of North American commercial sales
Wiker takes over from Arturo Hoyo, now vice president of North America product line management for the thermoplastics distributor.
Lubrizol names Chris Brown as new CEO
Brown succeeds Eric Schnur, who served as CEO of the additives maker since January 2017.
LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel to retire at end of 2021
Patel joined LyondellBasell in 2010, was appointed CEO in 2015, and oversaw a series of strategic global investments.
Plastics industry profile: Nova’s Debra van Holst
The Calgary-based firm’s global director, logistics and customer experience discusses her career, shares some lessons learned, and offers advice for women in plastics.
Compounding industry veteran Kenneth Cary passes away
Cary, 83, founded Cary Chemicals in Edison, N.J., which later merged with Canadian PVC compounder Synergistics Industries.
Winnipeg’s Precision ADM acquires Roswell Downhole Technologies
The companies will manufacture Canada’s first biopolymer-based compostable non-wovens for PPE production.
Good Natured Products expands its line of plant-based kitchen products
The launch highlight’s the Vancouver company’s diversification into a range of plant-based materials including fiber and flexible film.
Nova names Sarah Marshall as new VP of sustainability
The role underscores the Calgary-based firm’s long-term environment, social and governance strategy.
Specialty compounder Benvic acquires materials maker Chemres
The deal allows France-based Benvic to enter the North American market and strengthen its exposure to the medical sector.
Volkswagen turns to acrylic resin for new black and white emblems
A combination of two Plexiglas Hi-Gloss materials is used by Austrian automotive supplier Ulbrichts GmbH to create the emblem’s modern look.
Teknor Apex acquires Dorum Color’s dry colour business
Akron, Ohio-based Dorum Color focuses on the rotational molding market.