Thomas Gangl takes over as new Borealis CEO
Austrian chemical maker Borealis was acquired by oil and gas company OMV AG last year.
Ampacet draws from Africa for new colour collection
Designed for polyolefin applications, the new colour palette enables brand owners to increase consumer product shelf appeal.
Advanced data transfer system uses super thin polymer cable
Researchers at MIT have paired high-frequency silicon chips with a polymer cable as thin as a strand of hair to create a data transfer system that can transmit information 10 times faster than a USB.
Material supplier SI Group making tackifier capacity expansion in France
The investment at the site in Bethune, France supports growing market opportunities in the region.
MIT scientists develop self-cooling sustainable textile based on PE fibres
This new type of sustainable textile may help humans adapt to and combat the effects of climate change.
ANALYSIS: Texas deep freeze: Lingering impacts on U.S. petrochemical industry
Operations at U.S. Gulf Coast petrochemical facilities have yet to fully recover one month after freezing temperatures triggered widespread power outages and plant shutdowns.
Clariant and India Glycols partner to tap into green renewables megatrend
The two chemical makers have established a joint venture in renewable ethylene oxide derivatives.
DSM selling its solar backsheet business to Worthen Industries
The deal will boost New Hampshire-based Worthen’s strategy to serve the global photovoltaic industry.
good natured Products unveils new plant-based recyclable PET packaging
Food-safe Bio-PET is a thermoformed packaging material designed to successfully co-mingle in the recycling stream with petroleum-based packaging.
GreenMantra Technologies announces exclusive distribution deal with Harke Group
Harke Group will distribute GreenMantra’s synthetic waxes and specialty polymers in Europe and the UK.
New president and CEO for purchasing consultancy RTi
The Fort Worth, Tex.-based firm has named Robert Rosales as its new head, replacing outgoing president and CEO Pete Suerken.
Recyclable bioplastic membrane could clear oil spills from water
Polymer scientists in the Netherlands have developed a superamphiphilic vitrimer epoxy resin membrane that can be used to separate water and oil.
Composites One to acquire Solvay Process Materials business
The acquired business will be rebranded as Aerovac and will act as manufacturer, developer, and supplier of process materials, tooling, and services.
DuPont acquires Laird Performance Materials for $2.3 billion
Dow expects the deal to boost its ability to support smart/autonomous vehicles, 5G telecommunications, artificial intelligence, internet of things, and high-performance computing applications.
Milliken & Co. appoints Cindy Boiter as executive vice president, chemical division president
Boiter becomes Milliken’s first-ever woman division president.
Plastics industry profile: Nova’s Sarah Marshall
The Calgary-based firm’s director of sustainability looks back on her rise in the polyethylene resin industry.
Chevron Phillips Chemical names Bruce Chinn as new CEO
B.J. Hebert, currently executive vice president and chief operating officer, will become president and chief operating officer.
Covestro selling its stake in Dubai polyurethane systems house joint venture
The divestment is part of Covestro’s ongoing portfolio optimization process, and marks a further step in the strategic focusing of its polyurethanes segment.
Milliken & Co. acquires German chemical supplier Zebra-chem
Zebra-chem makes chemical blowing agents and peroxide masterbatches for application in most thermoplastics and engineering plastics.
Braskem invests $61 million to increase biopolymer production in Brazil
Production at the company’s Rio Grande do Sul facility will be increased from 200 to 260 kilotonnes per year by the end of 2022.
TPUs find use in spikeless golf shoes with superior traction
The shoes feature Estane TRX TPU polymers from Lubrizol to deliver superior traction on wet and dry surfaces.
Cancarb completes sixth unit expansion at Alberta facility
The expansion at the plant in Medicine Hat brings capacity for Cancarb’s Thermax brand of thermal carbon black products to 54,000 MT per year.
Nova Chemicals debuts film structure designs formulated with post-consumer resin
The film structures can be tailored to meet customer-specific application demands.
U.S. winter storm impacting the polyester value chain, analyst says
The storm currently raging in Texas could have an impact on the global polyester chain, according to market analyst Wood Mackenzie.
Lanxess to acquire specialty chemical maker Emerald Kalama
Based in the U.S., Emerald Kalama has approximately 500 employees and three production sites.
Thermoplastics distributor Nexeo makes leadership appointments
The company has named Jeff Collier to chief commercial officer of North America and Arturo Hoyo as vice president of sales for North America.
Apala Mukherjee appointed new president of BASF Canada
The Mississauga, Ont.-based chemical maker has appointed company veteran Apala Mukherjee to the position.
Solvay and Leonardo partner to develop research lab for thermoplastic composites
The agreement is meant as the first step in platform collaboration on short and mid-term applications in aerospace and beyond.
The plastic road ahead
With more and more recycled plastic being used to repave highways and roads around the world, we might be driving toward a future with a lot less plastic pollution.
Thomas Gangl replaces Alfred Stern as Borealis CEO
Gangl, 49, will become Borealis’ new CEO effective April 1, 2021.
Researchers develop recyclable composites
A Washington State University research team has created a recyclable carbon fibre-reinforced composite that could eventually be used in everything from modern airplane wings and wind turbines to sporting goods.
Canada’s Polystyvert partners with Ineos in polystyrene recycling venture
The joint development agreement will enable the two companies to work together in closing the loop of recycling PS in a low-energy, cost-competitive production method.