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Materials


May 8, 2019 News

ExxonMobil investing $2 billion to expand Texas chemical plant

by Canadian Plastics

The expansion of the company’s facility in Baytown is expected to start up in 2022 and includes a new Vistamaxx performance polymer unit.

May 7, 2019 Feature

Polymers give early warning signs of stress

by Canadian Plastics

Researchers from Switzerland’s University of Fribourg and Japan’s Hokkaido University have devised a polymer with a sensor molecule that glows when it’s stretched, signalling that mechanical stress is building towards a catastrophic part failure.

April 29, 2019 News

Parker Hannifin buying adhesives, coatings maker Lord Corp. for $3.6 billion

by Canadian Plastics

The purchase of Cary, N.C.-based Lord will expand Parker Hannifin’s engineered materials business.

April 24, 2019 News

Chroma Corp. founder Robert Swain dies at 90

by Canadian Plastics

An expert in the area of pigments and colour additives, Swain was also inducted into both the Plastics Pioneers Association and the Plastics Hall of Fame.

April 18, 2019 News

Revenue down for PolyOne in first quarter, job cuts coming

by Canadian Plastics

The challenging financial results have led the Ohio-based material supplier to reduce spending and to cut an unspecified number of jobs.

April 16, 2019 News

Aurora Plastics buys TPE supplier Elastocon

by Canadian Plastics

Headquartered in Springfield, Ill., Elastocon supplies thermoplastic elastomers, including grades for overmolding, injection molding, and high-performance specialty applications.

April 10, 2019 News

David Castañeda is new CEO of Elix Polymers

by Canadian Plastics

The Spain-based manufacturer of ABS resins and derivatives has appointed Castañeda to replace Wolfgang Doering, who stepped down at the end of March.

April 8, 2019 News

Borealis beefs up automotive compounds capacity in North America

by Canadian Plastics

Chemical supplier Borealis AG has announced that its new compounding plant in Taylorsville, North Carolina, has come on stream during Q1 2019 as planned, with the inauguration of the facility scheduled for May 16. With dedicated production lines for thermoplastic

April 3, 2019 News

Canadian plastics pioneer Michael Burgoyne passes

by Canadian Plastics

The well-known Canadian chemist was a leading researcher in the development of wood-plastic composites.

April 2, 2019 News

One Rock completes acquisition of Nexeo Plastics

by Canadian Plastics

Nexeo Plastics is the plastics distribution business of Nexeo Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of Univar Inc.

April 2, 2019 News

CCC Plastics adds Harinder Tamber as new technical specialist

by Canadian Plastics

Tamber has an M. Tech in polymer technology from IIT Delhi, India, and a Ph.D. in polymer science from the Polymer Research Institute at Syracuse, N.Y.

March 31, 2019 News

Mitsubishi Chemical completes purchase of Indian PVC compounds business

by Canadian Plastics

First announced in June 2018, the acquisition of the PVC compound business of Welset Plast Extrusions Private Ltd. will allow Mitsubishi to enter the medical PVC compound business and strengthen its existing PVC and thermoplastic elastomers businesses in India.

March 28, 2019 News

Saudi Aramco to buy controlling share of Sabic in $69 billion megadeal

by Canadian Plastics

Saudi Aramco’s 70 per cent stake in Sabic is being financed by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia in a private transaction.

March 21, 2019 News

Sun Chemical building new PPS production line in Wisconsin

by Canadian Plastics

The new PPS compounds production line is scheduled to begin operation in the fall of 2020, and is the company’s first-ever North American production line for its polyphenylene sulfide compounds.

March 18, 2019 News

Lanxess significantly expands benzyl alcohol capacity

by Canadian Plastics

The company will expand production at its German site in Krefeld-Uerdingen by 30 per cent and also expand in Nagda, India.

March 12, 2019 News

Baystar breaks ground on new Borstar PE unit in Texas

by Canadian Plastics

Baystar is the 50/50 joint venture owned by Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA and Novealis Holdings LLC, which is itself a joint venture co-owned by Nova Chemicals Corp. and Borealis AG.

March 11, 2019 News

DuPont investing $220 million at specialty films plant in Ohio

by Canadian Plastics

The investment will expand production of the company’s Kapton-brand polyimide film and Pyralux-brand flexible circuit materials.

March 10, 2019 News

Ravago buys rubber, specialty chemical distributor H.B. Chemical

by Canadian Plastics

Headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio, H.B. Chemical supplies synthetic rubber, accelerators, plasticizers, antioxidants, waxes, and other specialty chemicals.

March 6, 2019 News

Evonik to sell methacrylates business to investment group Advent

by Canadian Plastics

Evonik’s methacrylates business covers its methacrylates, acrylic products and CyPlus business lines, and some of the methacrylate resins activities.

February 28, 2019 Feature

Bendable, conductive polymer film for consumer electronics also has healthcare potential

by Canadian Plastics

Purdue University researchers are working to use a new polymer film, which could make smartphones more bendable, to create tailor-made sensors that could non-invasively monitor glucose levels, heart rate or other biomedical metrics.