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July 2, 2020 News

Canadian Plastics podcast: Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19, Part 3: Polystyrene

by Canadian Plastics

Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19 – A podcast series GUEST: Zachary Moore TOPIC: Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19, Part 3: Polystyrene DESCRIPTION: In part three of our series, market expert Zachary Moore gives an overview of the North American

July 2, 2020 News

PolyOne completes Clariant colour masterbatch acquisition, changes name to Avient

by Canadian Plastics

The $1.44 billion purchase was first announced in December 2019.

July 2, 2020 News

DSM acquires part of Clariant’s 3D printing materials business

by Canadian Plastics

The partial takeover will allow DSM to better serve its customers rapid product development needs, with 3D printing filaments and pellets that meet the requirements of specific applications.

June 30, 2020 News

Nova enters high-density biaxially oriented polyethylene market

by Canadian Plastics

The Calgary-based company has developed an HD-BOPE technology that will enable the replacement of BOPP or BOPET mixed material packaging films with all-polyethylene, recyclable multilayer film structures.

June 29, 2020 News

BP sells its petrochemicals business to Ineos for $5 billion

by Canadian Plastics

The sale is part of BP’s plan to shift activities to renewable sources of energy.

June 29, 2020 News

Braskem completes construction of polypropylene production facility in Texas

by Canadian Plastics

The new facility in La Porte has a designed production capacity of over 1 billion pounds per year, with full-scale commercial production activity currently expected in the third quarter of 2020.

June 25, 2020 News

Ineos Styrolution names Steve Harrington as new CEO

by Canadian Plastics

Harrington has a 30-year career in the chemical industry, the last 19 years working for Germany-based Ineos in commercial and senior management roles.

June 24, 2020 Feature

New stretchable, conductive composite material for wearable applications

by Canadian Plastics

Developed by researchers at Sweden’s Linköping University, the material may have widespread use in smart clothing, wearable electronics, and electronic skin.

June 22, 2020 News

Chroma Color acquires absorbing dyes and thermoplastic compounds maker Epolin Chemicals

by Canadian Plastics

Newark, N.J.-based Epolin makes materials used in sensors, security inks, light filters, touch-screens, night vision products, and eyewear, and will operate as an independent subsidiary of Chroma Color.

June 19, 2020 Feature

Researchers develop solvent-free technique for plastic production that could reduce manufacturing costs

by Canadian Plastics

A team at Purdue University has developed a new way for manufacturers to mix polymers and nanocellulose in order to save material and production steps when using plant-based materials in auto part and food packaging molding.

June 19, 2020 News

Nova CEO Todd Karran to retire on August 1

by Canadian Plastics

Karran joined Nova in 1985, and has served as president and CEO of the Calgary-based chemical maker since 2015.

June 19, 2020 News

COVID-19 is hurting demand for PET, report says

by Canadian Plastics

Lockdowns and restrictions are dampening demand for PET in what should be a season of high demand, according to a new report from an analyst at ICIS.

June 19, 2020 News

Canadian Plastics podcast: Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19, Part 1: Polyethylene

by Canadian Plastics

Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19 – A podcast series GUEST: Zachary Moore TOPIC: Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19, Part 1: Polyethylene DESCRIPTION: In part one, market expert Zachary Moore gives an overview of the North American polyethylene (PE) market, including

June 18, 2020 News

Toronto-based wax maker IGI buys PVC additives supplier Rheogistics

by Canadian Plastics

The acquisition of Mississippi-based Rheogistics will expand IGI’s presence in the rigid PVC market and add to its wax manufacturing and blending facilities.

June 17, 2020 News

Invista breaks ground on new nylon 6,6 plant in China

by Canadian Plastics

Representing an investment of more than US$1 billion, the plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park will help meet the growing demand for nylon 6,6 chemical intermediates in China and the Asia Pacific region.

June 17, 2020 News

Oil giant Saudi Aramco completes $69 billion acquisition of stake in Sabic

by Canadian Plastics

Saudi Aramco completed the purchase of its 70% stake in the kingdom’s petrochemical giant Sabic from the Saudi Public Investment Fund, said to be one of the largest ever deals in the global chemical industry.

June 17, 2020 News

Nova reports progress on its sustainability strategy

by Canadian Plastics

Nova’s new 2019 Sustainability Report highlights four areas of the Calgary-based company’s long-term strategy: circular economy, citizenship, climate care, and sustainability in operations.

June 17, 2020 Feature

New asphalt formulation uses recycled PE film

by Canadian Plastics

The formulation could achieve many of the same benefits of traditional polymer-modified asphalt formulations, including improved performance, decreased cost, and increased lifespan of asphalt.

June 15, 2020 Feature

Polymer composite could serve as lighter, non-toxic radiation shielding

by Canadian Plastics

Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that a polymer compound embedded with bismuth trioxide particles could replace conventional radiation shielding materials, such as lead.

June 15, 2020 News

Mitsui Chemicals starts operations at first European production site for PP compounds

by Canadian Plastics

Located within Chemelot Industrial Park in the Netherlands, the plant has capacity of 30,000 tonnes per year.