Conventus Polymers opens Chinese subsidiary in Shanghai
The expansion into China is part of Parsippany, N.J.-based Conventus’ overall business strategy to grow into key geographic regions.
Covestro and Neste partner for renewable raw materials for plastics production
The collaboration aims to replace several thousand tons of fossil raw materials in the production of polycarbonates with raw materials produced with Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons.
M. Holland now distributing Braskem 3D polypropylene filament
Braskem’s polypropylene features a proprietary formula that provides high stability, low warpage, and consistent extrusion, which makes it well-suited for prototyping 3D-printed parts.
OPINION: The chemical industry’s response to a crisis while in crisis
In recent months, it has never been clearer just how important and responsive this industry is when faced with a global health crisis.
Borealis cancels petrochemical project in Kazakhstan
The Austria-based chemical supplier has scrapped the proposed development of a world-scale integrated ethane cracker and polyethylene project in Kazakhstan due to COVID-19 uncertainties.
Chemists create faster-degrading plastic to reduce marine litter and ghost fishing
The new plastic is similar to nylon 6,6 in sturdiness but can degrade under any conditions with sunlight.
Solvay to shutter two plants, cut 570 jobs as aerospace materials demand drops
The Belgium-based chemical maker will close its plants in Manchester, UK, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, and implement job reductions across its composite materials business.
PolyOne introduces new additive to support increased face mask production
MagIQ Non-Woven Electret Plus improves the dielectric properties in face masks, extending filtration efficiency and the length of time masks will hold a charge.
Milliken partners with Contec to produce disinfectant that kills coronavirus
The two firms are working together to fill high demand for Contec’s antibacterial cleaning solutions.
Oil supply cuts could curtail 15% of ethylene supply in Middle East, analyst says
The potential loss is due to oil supply dynamics, according to new analysis from Wood Mackenzie, and equates to around 1.5 million tons of ethylene.
New technique uses fluorescent dye to identify aging polymers
Researchers have developed a method to visualize variations in polymers that arise with age, allowing for the possibility detect and replace aged parts before they fail.
Nova Chemicals and Enerkem collaborate to close the loop on plastics recycling
The two Canadian firms are teaming up to explore turning non-recyclable and non-compostable municipal waste – including items made from #3-7 plastics – into ethylene at full commercial scale.
Chase Plastics now distributing Lanxess HPM products in Canada, U.S.
Clarkston, Mich.-based Chase Plastics will distribute Lanxess’ materials including Durethan polyamide 6 compounds and Pocan polybutylene terephthalate compounds.
New president of North America at Clariant
Germany-based specialty chemical maker Clariant AG has appointed company veteran Gene Mueller as president of Clariant Corp. in North America.
Israeli scientists develop polymer-based anti-COVID-19 surface coating
Scientists from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are currently developing anti-viral coatings for surfaces that could potentially reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Covestro and Teknor Apex partnering to compound TPU
The agreement will see Teknor Apex become Covestro’s preferred global compounding partner.
Chroma Color shuttering newly-acquired Illinois concentrates plant
McHenry, Ill.-based Chroma is closing its colour concentrates plant in Calumet City, Ill., which it acquired earlier this year as part of its acquisition of Plastics Color Corp.
Turning waste PET into battery components
Researchers at Purdue University are using an ultrafast microwave irradiation process to turn PET flakes into disodium terephthalate, and use that as battery anode material.
Edmonton-based bioplastics maker TerraVerdae gets funding to expand product development
The firm has received $4.5 million to enhance its in-house product development and equipment for production of industrial bioplastics used in the agricultural, forestry, food packaging, adhesives, and personal-care markets.
European olefins production could recover in 2020 despite COVID-19, report says
The recovery could be due to lighter turnaround schedules and competitive naphtha prices making Europe’s steam cracker fleet more competitive, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie.