ExxonMobil investing $2 billion to expand Texas chemical plantby 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.
Polymers give early warning signs of stressby 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.
Parker Hannifin buying adhesives, coatings maker Lord Corp. for $3.6 billionby Canadian Plastics
The purchase of Cary, N.C.-based Lord will expand Parker Hannifin’s engineered materials business.
Chroma Corp. founder Robert Swain dies at 90by 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.
Revenue down for PolyOne in first quarter, job cuts comingby Canadian Plastics
The challenging financial results have led the Ohio-based material supplier to reduce spending and to cut an unspecified number of jobs.
Aurora Plastics buys TPE supplier Elastoconby Canadian Plastics
Headquartered in Springfield, Ill., Elastocon supplies thermoplastic elastomers, including grades for overmolding, injection molding, and high-performance specialty applications.
David Castañeda is new CEO of Elix Polymersby 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.
Borealis beefs up automotive compounds capacity in North Americaby 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…
Canadian plastics pioneer Michael Burgoyne passesby Canadian Plastics
The well-known Canadian chemist was a leading researcher in the development of wood-plastic composites.
One Rock completes acquisition of Nexeo Plasticsby Canadian Plastics
Nexeo Plastics is the plastics distribution business of Nexeo Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of Univar Inc.
CCC Plastics adds Harinder Tamber as new technical specialistby 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.
Mitsubishi Chemical completes purchase of Indian PVC compounds businessby 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.
Saudi Aramco to buy controlling share of Sabic in $69 billion megadealby 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.
Sun Chemical building new PPS production line in Wisconsinby 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.
Lanxess significantly expands benzyl alcohol capacityby Canadian Plastics
The company will expand production at its German site in Krefeld-Uerdingen by 30 per cent and also expand in Nagda, India.
Baystar breaks ground on new Borstar PE unit in Texasby 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.
DuPont investing $220 million at specialty films plant in Ohioby Canadian Plastics
The investment will expand production of the company’s Kapton-brand polyimide film and Pyralux-brand flexible circuit materials.
Ravago buys rubber, specialty chemical distributor H.B. Chemicalby Canadian Plastics
Headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio, H.B. Chemical supplies synthetic rubber, accelerators, plasticizers, antioxidants, waxes, and other specialty chemicals.
Evonik to sell methacrylates business to investment group Adventby Canadian Plastics
Evonik’s methacrylates business covers its methacrylates, acrylic products and CyPlus business lines, and some of the methacrylate resins activities.
Bendable, conductive polymer film for consumer electronics also has healthcare potentialby 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.