Mitsubishi Chemical acquires chemical maker Gelest
Headquartered in Morrisville, Pa., Gelest manufactures and supplies silicones, organosilanes, organometallic materials, and specialty monomers.
Ineos, Plastic Energy to build pyrolysis-based chemical recycling plant
Multiple Ineos sites will use the new recycled raw material to manufacture virgin plastic for different applications, including medical products, food packaging, lightweight automotive parts and pipes for safe water transportation.
Nexeo Plastics and Essentium sign distribution agreement for North America
Thermoplastic resin distributor Nexeo will distribute Essentium’s engineered thermoplastic polymer 3D printing filaments.
NatureWorks donates enough biopolymer to fashion 10 million N-95 masks
The biopolymer supplier has donated the Ingeo biopolymer needed to produce as many as two million reusable N95 masks per week from a new spunbond nonwoven structure.
BASF converts to hand sanitizer production at New Jersey, Michigan facilities
Neither site regularly produces hand sanitizer, but BASF scientists and engineers worked on compressed timelines to develop the product to help meet the increased demands needed to combat COVID-19.
Boeing develops face shields using Solvay’s high-performance thermoplastic film
The film will be manufactured using Solvay’s medical-grade Radel PPSU or Udel PSU transparent specialty polymers.
Berry boosts capacity to help address global face mask materials shortage
The company is increasing U.S. meltblown capacity for face mask material and introducing a new material for face mask media in Europe.
Nova Chemicals resumes work on $2.2-billion PE project near Sarnia
In late March, Nova temporarily limited work on the new plant to critical equipment lifts and deliveries in response to restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.
R.D. Abbott appoints David Lalancette as account manager in Eastern Canada
Based out of Montreal, Lalancette has more than 20 years of experience in technical sales and account management.
Borealis acquires full ownership of Nova Chemicals’ interest in Novealis joint venture
Formed in 2018, the JV involved affiliates of Borealis and Nova, which subsequently formed a 50/50 JV with an affiliate of Total S.A. to launch Bayport Polymers LLC in Houston, Tex.
Peak Nanosystems buys polymer technology developer PolymerPlus
Headquartered in Cleveland, PolymerPlus provides polymer science and engineering services and fabrication of custom nanolayered polymer products.
Nexeo Plastics and BioLogiQ sign distribution agreement for North America
Nexeo is now distributing BioLogiQ’s BioBlend family of materials in Canada and the U.S.
Mondi adapts production line in Germany to make straps for face masks
The plant was able to repurpose one of its manufacturing lines to produce a three-layer, laminated strap that binds a stretchable plastic film between layers of soft, nonwoven material.
Nova scales back construction projects in Canada
Construction work on Nova’s new AST2 polyethylene facility and Corunna cracker expansion projects in Ontario have been reduced by 90%, and commissioning and construction activities on its furnace refurbishment project in Alberta have been paused.
Eastman steps up material production for face shields
The specialty material supplier has partnered with officials in Tennessee to support the local production of 10,000 protective face shields for medical personnel in the state capital of Nashville.
Synthomer completes acquisition of specialty chemical maker Omnova Solutions
First announced in July 2019, the deal strengthens UK-based polymer maker Synthomer’s global positioning in water-based polymer products.
Consulting firm Wood Mackenzie discusses coronavirus and the petrochemicals industry
Two immediate major COVID-19 shockwaves are linked to economic activity and feedstock pricing: a sudden freeze in economic activity, and volatile feedstock pricing following the oil price crash.
Dow expands hand sanitizer production at five sites
The five sites in Europe and the Americas are expected to produce more than 200 metric tons of sanitizer, which will be donated to local health systems and government agencies.
Ford making 50,000 ventilators with GE Healthcare in next 100 days
The ventilators are less complex than others, and are designed by Florida-based Airon Corp., a company that specializes in high-tech pneumatic life support products.
Ube Industries to acquire North American compound manufacturer
The Japanese industrial conglomerate is acquiring Franklin, Indiana-based Premium Composite Technology North America Inc. for an undisclosed amount.