February 12, 2016 Feature

The energy-efficient chemical supplier (and how to become one)

by Canadian Plastics

Energy costs are on the rise in Ontario, and chemical manufacturers are huge consumers. So now is definitely the time to get serious about finding new and efficient ways of using your electricity. The good news? There’s a wealth of experts and incentive programs at hand to help you along.

February 10, 2016 News

New biodegradable plastics association is formed

by Canadian Plastics

The Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics Federation was officially launched on February 1, 2016.

February 6, 2016 News

Dow names new executives for plastics units

by Canadian Plastics

The Dow Chemical Company has announced two promotions within its plastics businesses. Midland, Mich.-based Dow has named Greg Jozwiak as business president of its Elastomers and Electrical and Telecommunications business. For the past three years, Jozwiak, had served as commercial

February 5, 2016 News

Alberta unveils incentives program for petrochemicals sector

by Canadian Plastics

$500 million in royalty credits available over the 10-year program.

February 3, 2016 News

SPE partners with SpecialChem to bring material database to membership

by Canadian Plastics

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has partnered with France-based additives and masterbatch supplier SpecialChem to offer SPE members full access to SpecialChem’s Universal Selector database of plastics and additives. Access to the Universal Selector includes 125,000 datasheets, SPE said

February 2, 2016 News

PolyOne buys TPE assets, technologies from Kraton for $72 million

by Canadian Plastics

In a bid to expand its global footprint in thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) innovation and design, materials maker PolyOne Corporation has acquired what it calls “certain technologies and assets” from material supplier Kraton Performance Polymers Inc. for US$72 million. The two

February 1, 2016 News

Axiall rejects $1.4 billion offer from Westlake Chemical

by Canadian Plastics

Axiall Corporation, a U.S. chemical and building products maker, has rejected a US$1.4 billion dollar purchase offer by competitor Westlake Chemical Corporation. Westlake, a Houston, Tex.-based manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and building products, had argued that the combined

January 23, 2016 News

Celanese now offering nylon 6, nylon 6/6

by Canadian Plastics

Specialty material supplier Celanese Corporation is expanding into the nylon resin market. Dallas-based Celanese will now offer nylon 6 and nylon 6/6 grades, some of which will be available immediately and some which will be available beginning in the third

January 20, 2016 News

Clariant breaks ground on new healthcare packaging plant in India

by Canadian Plastics

Specialty chemical maker Clariant has broken ground in Cuddalore, India on a new manufacturing plant for the healthcare industry. In December 2015, Clariant had announced plans to invest US$10 million in the plant, which will support the growing generic pharmaceutical

January 19, 2016 News

Styrolution changes its name to Ineos Styrolution

by Canadian Plastics

Name change marks Styrolution GmbH’s integration under its new owner.

January 5, 2016 News

Brenntag to acquire German specialty polymers distributor Leis

by Canadian Plastics

Germany-based chemical distributor Brenntag AG has acquired Leis Polytechnik polymere Werkstoffe GmbH, a supplier of high-performance polymer compounds also headquartered in Germany. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Leis delivers around 700 products for a wide

December 27, 2015 News

DuPont closing famed Central Research & Development unit

by Canadian Plastics

Closure will eliminate 10 per cent of the company’s workforce in 2016.

December 22, 2015 News

Celanese plans cellulose JV with China’s Push Group

by Canadian Plastics

U.S.-based chemical supplier Celanese Corporation has formed a joint venture with Chinese firm Push Group Co. Ltd. to make cellulose acetate-based specialty products, including high-quality plastics and films. “This is an exciting opportunity for Celanese, together with Push Group, to

December 16, 2015 News

Ravago acquires Bay State Polymers

by Canadian Plastics

Ravago Americas LLC has expanded its North American engineering resins business by acquiring Bay State Polymer Distribution Inc. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Westlake, Ohio-based Bay State Polymer will become part of Ravago’s Amco Polymers business,

December 14, 2015 News

Dow Chemical to take full control of Dow Corning venture

by Canadian Plastics

Dow Chemical’s busy winter continues, as the company has signed definitive agreements to restructure the ownership of Dow Corning Corp., a 72-year-old joint venture with Corning Inc. that makes silicones used in tires. Dow Chemical Co., which just announced plans

December 11, 2015 News

Dow Chemical, DuPont agree to merge

by Canadian Plastics

Billed as a “merger of equals”, the agreement calls for the two chemical suppliers to combine as DowDuPont, then separate into three independent publicly traded companies.

December 10, 2015 News

Solvay completes Cytec acquisition

by Canadian Plastics

Belgian chemical maker Solvay has completed its acquisition of U.S.-based composite materials supplier Cytec. The US$5.5 billion purchase was first announced in July 2015. “Cytec represents a decisive milestone in Solvay’s transformation and opens up new horizons for growth and

December 9, 2015 News

PolyOne buys BASF’s Magenta Fibers business

by Canadian Plastics

In a move to expand its presence in the transportation and consumer goods markets, material supplier PolyOne Corporation has acquired BASF SE’s Magenta Master Fibers specialty solid color concentrates business for US$22 million. Magenta’s product offerings span a range of

December 9, 2015 News

Dow and DuPont are in advanced talks to merge: reports

by Canadian Plastics

A deal could be announced in coming days, the reports say. Together, the companies are worth nearly US$120 billion.

December 8, 2015 News

U.S. House of Representatives passes ban on plastic microbeads

by Canadian Plastics

American Chemistry Council supports legislation.