Stepan acquires Invista’s aromatic polyester polyol business
The purchase includes two manufacturing sites, one in Wilmington, N.C., and the other in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.
Shintech expanding PVC capacity at two Louisiana sites
The Houston-based company will invest $1.3 billion to expand its manufacturing and packaging facilities at its sites in Plaquemine and Addis.
Eastman to build massive molecular recycling plant in Tennessee
The plant, to be built in Kingsport and be mechanically complete by the end of 2022, will use methanolysis to convert polyester waste that often ends up in landfills and waterways into durable products.
New tool calculates benchmark data for sustainable production of plastics
Developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the U.S., the data measures how much energy is required and the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from the production of a variety of plastics.
Investment firm One Rock acquires material supplier Distrupol
Headquartered in Surrey, England, Distrupol sells more than 4,000 grades of material to more than 1,300 customers in 13 countries.
Shell invests in Quebec’s first waste to low-carbon fuel plant
The approximately $875 million Varennes Carbon Recycling project was first announced by Canadian clean tech company Enerkem in December 2020.
Sabic and Plastic Energy set to start construction of advanced recycling unit in the Netherlands
The project, will be realized under a 50-50 joint venture, is expected to become operational in the second half of 2022.
New process to recycle polyolefinic plastics at low temperature
Researchers in Japan have used a novel catalyst process to recycle polyolefinic plastics into chemicals.
Celanese to build liquid crystal polymer plant in China
The total scope of the investment is intended to support approximately 20 kilotons of production per year, with the first phase of the project expected to come on-line in 2024.
Scientists make sustainable polymer from sugars in wood
The researchers from Bath’s Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies in the UK have made a sustainable polymer using the second most abundant sugar in nature, xylose.
Material distributor Vinmar names Vishal Goradia as new CEO
The Houston-based company also announced some additional executive management changes.
Avient expanding colour concentrate capabilities in Vietnam
The materials supplier will complete an expansion of its colour concentrates plant in Binh Duong, Vietnam in February.
New Western Canadian sales representative for Ampacet
The masterbatch supplier has named Kelly Dombowsky as account executive for Western Canada.
BASF opens ASEAN Technical Development Center in Thailand
The new facility houses a state-of-the-art pre-polymer reactor technology to enable faster time-to-market for PU materials and solutions.
Ascend purchases Eurostar Engineering Plastics
The acquisition will expand Ascend’s flame-retardant portfolio and European footprint.
Ineos completes acquisition of BP’s global Aromatics and Acetyls business
The businesses will now be known as Ineos Acetyls and Ineos Aromatics.
Gendon Polymer Services adds French language section to its website
The Bolton, Ont.-based compound supplier manufactures thermoplastics and thermoset-based materials for a wide range of applications.
LyondellBasell and Suez jointly acquire plastics recycling company in Belgium
The acquired company, Tivaco, will become part of Quality Circular Polymers, the companies’ existing 50/50 plastics recycling joint venture.
Ineos Styrolution holds groundbreaking for new ABS plant in Ningbo, China
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Huntsman acquiring additives maker Gabriel Performance Products for $250 million
The deal comes on the heels of Huntsman’s purchase of specialty chemical maker CVC Thermoset Specialties in May 2020.
Avient adding capacity for medical-grade Mevopur materials in Asia-Pacific
The material supplier is equipping an existing facility in Singapore with a new production line to meet growing demand for the specialty polymers in that region.
Mitsubishi Chemical buys land in Louisiana for planned MMA monomer plant
The Japan-based company will conduct studies for the design and construction of a 350,000-tonnes-per-year methyl methacrylate monomer plant based upon its proprietary Alpha technology.
Trinseo to acquire Arkema’s PMMA business
Arkema’s PMMA business is active in several end market applications including automotive and building and construction, enhancing Trinseo’s existing positions in these applications.
Struktol achieves a silver sustainability rating with EcoVadis
The rating focuses on 21 issues, which are grouped into four themes: environment, labour and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement.
Tough, transparent PLA cup withstands boiling water
Developed by researchers at the University of Akron, the cup could herald a breakthrough in the PLA market.
Canada’s Protech Group acquires industrial coatings business of Winslow Browning Inc.
The purchase is designed to expand Montreal-based Protech’s liquid coatings capabilities.
Researchers combine AI-guided robots and chemical recycling to address plastic pollution crisis
Researchers at the University at Buffalo are using a robotic sorting system as a key component in developing a novel set of tools that aim to reduce plastic waste.
DSM and Neste partner to create high-performance materials from sustainable feedstock
The collaboration aims to replace several thousand tons of fossil feedstock in the production of polymers with bio-based and waste plastic-based hydrocarbons.
Russian scientists have developed an ideal polymer for implants
The innovative polymer material mimics the mechanical behavior of living tissues.
Ineos to acquire Sasol’s ownership of Texas HDPE joint venture
South Africa-based Sasol is selling its 50 per cent stake in the Gemini joint venture to Ineos for $404 million.
Nova, Pregis partner to support clean water initiative
Nova is donating film resins to Pregis for the production of its Inspyre brand line of protective packaging, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Uzima Clean Water Mission.
Braskem completes $10 million Innovation and Technology Center expansion in Pittsburgh
The investment adds eight new state-of-the-art laboratories with equipment for developing new proprietary technologies to support innovations in catalysis, recycling, and 3D printing.