Nova reports progress on its sustainability strategy
Nova’s new 2019 Sustainability Report highlights four areas of the Calgary-based company’s long-term strategy: circular economy, citizenship, climate care, and sustainability in operations.
New asphalt formulation uses recycled PE film
The formulation could achieve many of the same benefits of traditional polymer-modified asphalt formulations, including improved performance, decreased cost, and increased lifespan of asphalt.
Polymer composite could serve as lighter, non-toxic radiation shielding
Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that a polymer compound embedded with bismuth trioxide particles could replace conventional radiation shielding materials, such as lead.
Mitsui Chemicals starts operations at first European production site for PP compounds
Located within Chemelot Industrial Park in the Netherlands, the plant has capacity of 30,000 tonnes per year.
Domo Chemicals closing BOPA line at Germany plant
Citing global nylon overcapacity, the company will be closing its third BOPA line at its Leuna plant effective from August 2020.
Ascend Performance Materials makes its first acquisition in China
The polyamide 66 resin producer is purchasing the assets of NCM (Changshu) Co. Ltd. and Tehe Engineering Plastic (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. to establish a hub to better reach rapidly emerging markets in Asia.
New thermoset polymer-based camshaft module lightens automotive engine weight
As an alternative to aluminum, a research team from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has successfully manufacturing a camshaft module from fibre-reinforced thermoset polymers.
Indorama Ventures acquires PET recycling facility in Brazil
AG Resinas is headquartered in the city of Juiz de Fora, and processes post-consumer PET into recycled polyethylene terephthalate flakes and pellets.
Researchers use synthetic polymer for custom-made bone implants
The material for craniofacial bone grafts can facilitate cell regrowth and be tailored to an individual’s unique face and skull structure.
adidas, All Blacks launch sports clothing made with recycled plastic
The clothing uses fabric made from recycled plastic waste and intercepted from beaches and coastal communities before it reaches the ocean.
Materion acquires Optics Balzers to expand reach in optical coatings market
Optical coatings maker Materion entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Optics Balzers, which specializes in optical thin-film coatings.
Chemical industry faces volatile backdrop on road to recovery
The coronavirus crisis may simply accelerate key macro trends…
Ineos Styrolution sends 650 face shields to frontline workers in hard-hit U.S. areas
The styrenics supplier has also donated $10,000 to local Chicago-area food banks.
Braskem America plans resin export hub in South Carolina
Scheduled for completion in Q3 2020, the new hub in Charleston will significantly enhance Braskem’s international export capability.
Dow, Orrion to build industrial-scale polyurethane recycling plant in France
As part of Dow’s Renuva mattress recycling program, the goal is to take discarded mattress foam and turn it back into raw material (polyol) through chemical recycling.
Klöckner Pentaplast breaks ground in North America to support growing pharmaceutical market
The multi-million dollar investment will increase capacity at the company’s barrier film facility in central Virginia by 6,000 metric tonnes.
Packaging supplier Good Natured Products enters medical and pharmaceutical industry
In a statement, Vancouver-based Good Natured said that it was able to enter this new market segment with the closing of its recent acquisition of Shepherd Thermoforming.
Global polyester production is expected to decline by more than half a million tonnes this year, report says
The knock-on effects will also hit global demand for polyester’s key raw materials paraxylene and PTA in the coming years, the new report from Wood Mackenzie said.
Orion Engineered Carbons breaks ground on new logistics centre in Germany
When finished, the central warehouse in Cologne will be 8,850 square-meters, equalling a capacity of approximately 12,400 pallets.
PolyOne to shutter two North Carolina facilities due to COVID-19 pandemic, report says
As reported by the Charlotte Business Journal, PolyOne plans to close its plants in Pineville and Charlotte, N.C. by the end of this year.