BASF Canada expands pilot project for tracing recycled plastics into B.C.
The chemical maker’s reciChain project, which enables better sorting, traceability, and transparency of recycled plastics throughout the value chain, was initially piloted in Brazil.
Ascend buying compounding, masterbatch businesses of Poliblend, Esseti Plast
The deal is designed to help nylon 6,6 maker Ascend grow its European manufacturing and distribution footprint.
Ampacet acquires LIAD Weighing and Control Systems
Headquartered in Israel, LIAD manufactures feeders, blenders, spectrometers, and real-time quality control solutions for the plastics industry.
Polymer-based, 3D-printed pericardial tissue project could save lives
A new three-year research project is developing biomimetic polymers that can imitate the mechanical properties of pericardial tissue, with the goal of making artificially produced implants for heart disease patients who are waiting for a donor organ.
Anti-plastics regulations are leading to less sustainable packaging alternatives, report says
Industry is responding to the regulatory backlash against plastics by switching to other materials without considering their environmental impact relative to plastics, the new report from ICIS said, or whether sufficient local waste collection systems are in place.
Lanxess names new head of its Saltigo subsidiary
Michael Zobel, currently the head of Lanxess’ high performance materials business unit, will take over the management of Saltigo from Torsten Derr on June 1.
Frimo and Hennecke form strategic partnership for automotive applications
Frimo is contributing its systems technology in the areas of molded foam, elastomers, and composites, while Hennecke is providing its metering and mix head technology.
Albis Plastics beefs up its North American compounding capabilities
The Germany-based materials compounder and distributor is now developing compounds locally at its manufacturing site in Duncan, S.C.
Colourant supplier Chroma acquires competitor Plastics Color Corp.
The transaction, for an undisclosed amount, includes Plastics Color’s plants at its headquarters in Calumet City, Ill., and in Asheboro, N.C.
Solvay completes divestment of its performance polyamides business
The businesses are being purchased by BASF and Domo Chemicals.
Milliken completes acquisition of chemical supplier Borchers
Borchers supplies additives for the coatings, inks, and adhesives markets, including cobalt-free driers, dispersants, rheology modifiers, wetting agents, polymerization catalysts, and adhesion promoters.
Material supplier Teijin to establish European automotive centre
The centre will handle concept, designing, prototyping, evaluations, marketing, and technical research for next-generation automotive components.
Unbottled potential: Nova Scotia beach house made from 620,000 recycled PET bottles
Built by construction company JD Composites, the 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom home has opened up a new way of turning plastic waste into eco-friendly housing.
Dow to start using recycled plastics from waste specialist Avangard Innovative
The chemical maker will combine its virgin polyethylene resins with Avangard’s pellets made from post-consumer resin plastic film.
Starbucks plans to move away from single-use packaging
In a public letter from its CEO, the coffee chain said it wants to shift away from single-use packaging to reusable cups and utensils.
Domo Chemicals names Yves Bonte as new CEO
Belgium-based Domo is in the process of acquiring Solvay’s performance polyamides business in Europe.
Vinmar now distributing for Lanxess in North America
Vinmar will distribute Lanxess’ high-performance materials products, including Durethan PA-6 and -6,6 compounds and Pocan PBT compounds.
BASF expands production capacity for Irganox 1520L in Italy
The chemical maker describes Irganox 1520L as a “key product” in its antioxidant portfolio.
Victrex creates joint venture in China for new PEEK plant
The development of PEEK polymer capacity in China sets the stage for further regional growth opportunities and further differentiates Victrex’s range of PEEK and PAEK grades.
Milliken & Co. to acquire additives specialist Borchers Group
The purchase is designed to bolster Milliken’s capabilities in specialty coating additives.