Material supplier Alphagary buys majority stake in Indian compounder Shakun
Shakun is family-owned producer of compounds for the wire and cable markets in the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa.
M. Holland expands 3D printing capabilities with new materials and supply partners
The thermoplastic resin distributor has expanded its 3D printing product offering by 50 per cent by partnering with three new additive manufacturing materials suppliers.
Coatings supplier Ferro Corp. acquired by chemical maker Prince International
The $2.1-billion deal will see Ferro combine with Chromaflo Technologies.
Ube Industries changing its name to Ube Corp.
The decision is intended to reflect the Japanese company’s shift away from a conglomerate structure and towards a focus on chemicals.
The ins and outs of using post-consumer resin in packaging
Driven by consumer demand, eco-friendly packaging that uses post-consumer resin is gaining traction on the shelf. But for packaging designers trying to meet extremely specific brand standards, working with this material poses some challenges.
Researchers hit on possible solution for hard-to-recycle plastics
Researchers from the University of Delaware’s Center for Plastics Innovation have developed a direct method to convert single-use plastic waste into ready-to-use molecules for jet fuels, diesel, and lubricants.
Trinseo completes acquisition of Arkema’s PMMA business
The deal boosts Trinseo’s offerings to the automotive, building and construction, medical, and consumer electronics end markets.
Nova names John Thayer as interim senior vice president of operations
He replaces Arnel Santos, who is leaving the Calgary-based chemical company.
Techmer PM names Michael McHenry as CEO
McHenry succeeds founder John Manuck, who becomes executive chairman.
Delta Tecnic appoints Lori Parent as sales director in the U.S. and Canada
Headquartered in Spain, Delta Tecnic makes colour concentrates and raw materials for the plastics sector and other industries.
Specialty chemical maker Nouryon appoints Julie Aslaksen to board of directors
Aslaksen brings more than 20 years of strategic legal and business leadership experience, including extensive experience advising boards of directors and executive leadership teams.
A faster way to degrade compostable plastics using water and heat
University of California, Berkeley, scientists have invented a way to make compostable plastics break down more easily, with just heat and water, within a few weeks.
3D bio-printed heart provides new tool for surgeons
Made from a soft, natural polymer called alginate, the full-sized heart model gives surgeons a new tool for planning and practice for heart surgeries.
Researchers develop 3D-printed material to replace ivory
The material consists of synthetic resin and calcium phosphate particles processed in a hot, liquid state and hardened in a 3D printer with UV rays.
Chemical maker W.R. Grace bought by Standard Industries Holdings for $7 billion
W.R. Grace’s catalysts business offers polyolefin catalysts for the production of polypropylene and polyethylene resins, as well as surface modifiers for thin polymer films.
Scientists develop easily recyclable biomass-based polymers
Developed by researchers at the Laboratory of Cluster Catalysis at St Petersburg University, Russia, the
synthesized polymers can be used for primary and secondary recycling.
European plastics industry faces extreme raw materials shortages, price increases, association says
The situation threatens the economic survival of numerous SMEs and endangers the production of a wide range of products, the European Plastics Converters group says.
SI Group to open new plant for antioxidant production in China
Beginning next month, the plant in Danyang will make Weston 705-brand antioxidants for the Chinese market.
Nova surpasses 65 per cent completion of growth projects in Ontario
Early equipment has been put in service, and start-up will commence in late 2022.
Shuman Plastics co-founder Hyman Shuman passes away
With his brother Charles, he transformed the New York-based company from a scrap business into a major supplier of virgin and recycled resins.
Ampacet expands Russia plant with new additive production line
The expanded site in the city of Tver started up the additive production line in the beginning of 2021.
Americhem opens clean compounding plant with virtual ribbon cutting ceremony
The plant in Morrisville, Pa. is dedicated solely to clean compounding for medical device customers.
Specialty chemical maker Maroon Group now rebranded as Barentz
The name change follows the acquisition of Maroon Group by Netherlands-based Barentz International in December 2020.
Danimer Scientific announces $700-million expansion in Georgia
The biopolymer maker expects to construct an additional two-million-square-foot facility near its current 25-acre campus.
New method to develop fibre reinforced plastic composites from wastepaper
University of Iowa engineers have received nearly $1 million to improve the speed and reduce the labour costs of remanufacturing recycled wastepaper.
Thomas Gangl takes over as new Borealis CEO
Austrian chemical maker Borealis was acquired by oil and gas company OMV AG last year.
Ampacet draws from Africa for new colour collection
Designed for polyolefin applications, the new colour palette enables brand owners to increase consumer product shelf appeal.
Advanced data transfer system uses super thin polymer cable
Researchers at MIT have paired high-frequency silicon chips with a polymer cable as thin as a strand of hair to create a data transfer system that can transmit information 10 times faster than a USB.
Material supplier SI Group making tackifier capacity expansion in France
The investment at the site in Bethune, France supports growing market opportunities in the region.
MIT scientists develop self-cooling sustainable textile based on PE fibres
This new type of sustainable textile may help humans adapt to and combat the effects of climate change.
ANALYSIS: Texas deep freeze: Lingering impacts on U.S. petrochemical industry
Operations at U.S. Gulf Coast petrochemical facilities have yet to fully recover one month after freezing temperatures triggered widespread power outages and plant shutdowns.
Clariant and India Glycols partner to tap into green renewables megatrend
The two chemical makers have established a joint venture in renewable ethylene oxide derivatives.