Canadian Plastics

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Podcast
July 10, 2020  

Canadian Plastics podcast: Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19, Part 4: PVC

Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19 – A

Feature
July 8, 2020  

New thermoplastic material could enable tougher, more versatile bone implants

Developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham, the material is a type of nylon and has shape memory properties that enable it to be stretched and molded but able to reform into its original shape when heated.

News
July 7, 2020  

Luis Sierra appointed CEO of Nova Chemicals

The 30-year veteran of BP will take up the role on August 1, 2020, replacing Nova’s outgoing leader Todd Karran.

News
July 7, 2020  

Dow sells rail assets to transportation services company Watco

Watco is acquiring the rail infrastructure assets and related equipment at Dow’s locations in Freeport and Seadrift, Texas; St. Charles and Plaquemine, Louisiana; and Fort Saskatchewan and Prentiss in Alberta, Canada.

Podcast
July 2, 2020  

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

Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19 – A

News
July 2, 2020  

PolyOne completes Clariant colour masterbatch acquisition, changes name to Avient

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

News
July 2, 2020  

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

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.

News
June 30, 2020  

Nova enters high-density biaxially oriented polyethylene market

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.

News
June 29, 2020  

BP sells its petrochemicals business to Ineos for $5 billion

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

News
June 29, 2020  

Braskem completes construction of polypropylene production facility in Texas

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.

News
June 25, 2020  

Ineos Styrolution names Steve Harrington as new CEO

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.

Feature
June 24, 2020  

New stretchable, conductive composite material for wearable applications

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

News
June 22, 2020  

Chroma Color acquires absorbing dyes and thermoplastic compounds maker Epolin Chemicals

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.

Feature
June 19, 2020  

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

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.

News
June 19, 2020  

Nova CEO Todd Karran to retire on August 1

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

News
June 19, 2020  

COVID-19 is hurting demand for PET, report says

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.

Podcast
June 19, 2020  

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

Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19 – A

News
June 18, 2020  

Toronto-based wax maker IGI buys PVC additives supplier Rheogistics

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.

News
June 17, 2020  

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

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.

News
June 17, 2020  

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

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.