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February 25, 2015 News

American Chemistry Council launches pro-BPA campaign

by Canadian Plastics

Washington, DC-based industry organization The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is launching a communications and advertising campaign to amplify recent conclusions from FDA and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) stating that BPA is safe as currently used in food-contact materials

February 24, 2015 News

PolyOne adding capacity for OnForce metal replacement technology

by Canadian Plastics

Compounder and concentrate maker PolyOne Corporation is increasing capacity for its OnForce (TM) LFT long-fibre specialty thermoplastics to match rising demand for metal replacement. The company’s production facility in Avon Lake, Ohio will have a new, dedicated specialty production line

February 23, 2015 News

NPE2015 shaping up to be largest ever

by Canadian Plastics

Record number of exhibitors to occupy record amount of space; 43% of exhibitors and 28% of visitors will come from outside the U.S.

February 20, 2015 News

Huntsman profits up, specialty resins expansion planned

by Canadian Plastics

Chemical provider Huntsman Corporation has had a busy year so far. The Woodlands, Tex.-based company announced that it had a profitable 2014 and that it’s making supply adjustments in Europe and expanding in Asia. The company reported net income of

February 18, 2015 News

2014 a good year for Clariant

by Canadian Plastics

Driven by higher volumes, specialty chemical supplier Clariant grew its sales by 5% in 2014, improving from CHF 6.076 billion in full-year 2013 to CHF 6.116 billion. The regional sales performance in local currencies was mostly positive, the company said.

February 2, 2015 News

Lightweight concept from Ford and Magna has “significant environmental benefits”

by Canadian Plastics

A new multi-material lightweight vehicle (MMLV) concept car developed by Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. in cooperation with Ford Motor Co. and the U.S. Department of Energy offers “clear advantages in terms of global warming potential and the

February 2, 2015 News

Styron changes name to Trinseo

by Canadian Plastics

Material supplier Styron has changed its name to Trinseo. “The name Trinseo comes from the word ‘intrinsic,’ meaning something is essential and belonging by its nature,” the Berwyn, Pa.-based company said in a statement. “The new company name reflects how

February 1, 2015 News

Lubrizol buys Brazil-based coatings technology maker EcoQuimica

by Canadian Plastics

In a bid to expand its performance coatings footprint in Latin America, specialty chemicals maker Lubrizol Corporation has acquired Brazil-based EcoQuimica Industria e Comercio Produtos Quimica Ltda., a manufacturer and supplier of coatings technology. “The acquisition of EcoQuimica will enable

January 28, 2015 News

DuPont partners for Chinese fluoroelastomers JV

by Canadian Plastics

U.S.-based chemical giant DuPont is partnering with a subsidiary of China National Chemical Corporation to serve China’s rapidly expanding fluoroelastomer market. Fluoropolymer Solutions (DuPont) and Zhonghao Chenguang Chemical Research Institute Company Limited (Chenguang), a subsidiary of China National Chemical Corporation

January 21, 2015 News

No health risk from BPA at current levels: European watchdog

by Canadian Plastics

The chemical bisphenol A (BPA), used to stiffen some plastic food containers, poses no health risk to consumers of any age, including unborn children, at current levels of exposure, according to Europe’s food safety watchdog. In a new re-evaluation, the

January 7, 2015 News

Growth in Canada is helping US-based plastics distributor

by Canadian Plastics

Growth in Canada contributed to a great year in 2014 for Chase Plastics, a U.S.-based stocking distributor of more than 6,400 specialty, engineering and commodity thermoplastics. Clarkston, Mich.-based Chase Plastics grew its total revenue to US$217 million in 2014, a

January 7, 2015 News

Solvay buys Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Ryton polyphenylene sulphide business

by Canadian Plastics

In a bid to strengthen its presence in the high-performance polymers segment, chemical maker Solvay SA has acquired Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Ryton polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) business for US$220m. The transaction includes the transfer of two Ryton PPS resin manufacturing plants

January 5, 2015 News

DSM sells composites distributor Euroresins

by Canadian Plastics

Material supplier Royal DSM has sold Euroresins, a distributor of products to the composite resins industry, to UK-based holding company Cathay Investments. Euroresins operates in nine countries in Europe, including the UK, Italy and France. The company reports sales of

December 23, 2014 News

Shell to buy BASF’s stake in ELLBA Eastern JV

by Canadian Plastics

Chemical maker BASF and Shell have reached agreement for BASF to sell its 50 per cent share in their propylene oxide-styrene monomer (POSM) joint venture. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Closing is planned for December 31, 2014.

December 21, 2014 News

LyondellBasell taps insider Bhavesh Patel as new CEO

by Canadian Plastics

Chemical maker LyondellBasell Industries has named Bhavesh “Bob” Patel, who leads its international manufacturing business, to serve as its CEO. Patel takes over from James Gallogly effective January 12. Gallogly announced in September his plans to retire. “After a rigorous

December 20, 2014 News

Ferro sells most of its polymer additives business

by Canadian Plastics

Material supplier Ferro Corporation has sold the majority of the assets of its polymer additives business to a U.S.-based private equity firm for US$154 million in cash. Polymer Additives Inc., a portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital LLC, bought the assets

December 16, 2014 News

Shale gas development in Quebec too risky: environmental report

by Canadian Plastics

Exploiting Quebec’s shale gas deposits is not worth the risk, the province’s environmental review board has concluded. A new report from the agency stated there are too many potential negative consequences to the environment and to society from extracting natural

December 15, 2014 News

Israeli compounder Tosaf building first N. American facility

by Canadian Plastics

Israeli-based plastics compounder Tosaf USA will build its first North American manufacturing facility in Bessemer City, N.C. beginning early next year. The company, which produces and markets polymers and compounds used in the automotive, medical, electrical and packaging industries, will

December 10, 2014 News

DuPont selling Neoprene elastomer business to Denka

by Canadian Plastics

Chemical supplier DuPont has reached an agreement to sell its Neoprene polychloroprene business to Denka Performance Elastomer, a new joint venture company owned 70 per cent by Japan-based Denki Kagaku Kogyo and 30 per cent by Mitsui & Co. Neoprene,

December 10, 2014 News

RTP Company buys production facilities from Alloy Polymers

by Canadian Plastics

In a bid to strengthen its position in the high-volume contract manufacturing sector, engineered thermoplastic compound supplier RTP Company has acquired three U.S. production facilities from compound maker Alloy Polymers Inc. The three plants – located in Richmond, Va., Crockett,