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November 18, 2009
Solvay Advanced Polymers (SAP; Alpharetta, GA), a Solvay subsidiary, says it will cut about 50 jobs, or about 8% of its workforce, in an effort to restructure its U.S. operations. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/high_temperature_polymers/Solvay-Advanced-Polymers-to-Cut-50-Jobs_22863.html
October 28, 2009
The Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom; Beijing) says that China will require a security deposit on imported nylon-6 from the U.S., European Union, Russia, and Taiwan. The decision follows a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/nylon/China-Imposes-Deposit-on-Imported-Nylon-6-as-Antidumping-Measure_22194.html
October 27, 2009
Bayer reported a 6.1% drop in earnings before interest and tax (Ebit) for the third quarter of this year to €837 million ($1.25 billion) on 7% lower sales of €7.4 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Bayers-Profits-Decline-on-Flat-Sales-MaterialScience-Makes-Positive-Contribution_22334.html
October 23, 2009
Cabot Corp. says it has expanded carbon black capacity at its Tianjin, China facility by 150,000 m.t./year, bringing total capacity to about 300,000 m.t./year. The facility is a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/acrylonitrile_butadiene_styrene_san/Cabot-Expands-Carbon-Black-Capacity-at-Tianjin_22288.html
October 7, 2009
Lanxess has completed its exit from the acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) business by transfering its remaining 49% stake in Ineos ABS to Ineos. Lanxess has not received any...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/acrylonitrile_butadiene_styrene_san/Lanxess-Completes-Pull-out-from-ABS-Receives-No-Payment-for-49-percent-Stake_21922.html
October 6, 2009
Girls whose mothers were exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA) during early months of pregnancy are more likely to exhibit aggressive behavior, according to a study published...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Study-Links-Prenatal-BPA-Exposure-to-Aggressive-Behavior-in-Girls_21906.html
October 5, 2009
Kraton Polymers says it will increase the price of styrene-ethylene-butene-styrene (SEBS) and styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) in Africa, Europe and the Mideast on November 1. SEBS will...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/high_temperature_polymers/Kraton-Ups-Prices-for-Styrenic-Block-Copolymers_21881.html
September 28, 2009
Korea Kumho Petrochemical (Seoul) plans to build an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) compounding plant at Foshan, China, by the end of 2010, local media reports say. Initial...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/acrylonitrile_butadiene_styrene_san/Korea-Kumho-to-Build-China-ABS-Compounding-Plant_21563.html
September 22, 2009
Environmental group Clean Production Action (Medford, MA) says it will unveil a “plastics scorecard” on September 30 that evaluates plastics for their environmental and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/acrylonitrile_butadiene_styrene_san/Environmental-Group-to-Unveil-Plastics-Scorecard_21565.html
September 22, 2009
The expansion will be focused on specialty engineered nylons, polyesters, and alloys, the company says....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/nylon/A-Schulman-Adds-Engineered-Plastics-Capacity-in-Mexico_21564.html
September 17, 2009
Lawmakers in California Assembly rejected a bid to pass a bill restricting bishpenol-A (BPA) in certain children’s products and food containers, falling short of the 41 votes needed for passage. The “Toxin-Free Infant and Toddlers Act Safe Toddlers Act,” introduced by Senator Fran Pavley (D., Santa Monica), had an administrative deadline of September 11....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/California-Assembly-Rejects-BPA-Ban_21353.html
September 8, 2009
Lanxess says it has increased prices for its nitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR) and chloroprene rubber (CR) on September 1 due to rising raw material costs. Depending on the region, NBR...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/acrylonitrile_butadiene_styrene_san/Lanxess-Increases-Rubber-Prices_21270.html
September 8, 2009
BASF says it will restructure its nylon-6 production activities in Europe, which will involve the permanent closure of a plant at Rudolstadt in the German state of Thuringia at the end...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/nylon/BASF-to-Close-Permanently-Nylon-6-Plant-in-Germany_21265.html
September 8, 2009
Toyo Engineering says it has been awarded a contract to build a previously announced polycarbonate (PC) manufacturing plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park at Caojing...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Toyo-Engineering-Awarded-Polycarbonate-Plant-Contract-in-China_21152.html
September 3, 2009
California’s state Assembly has a statutory deadline of September 11 to vote on a bill banning bisphenol A (BPA) in certain children’s products, but lack of movement so far...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Deadline-Nears-for-Decision-on-California-BPA-Ban_21160.html
August 24, 2009
Mitsubishi Rayon says it will outsource the production of polyester filament yarn to companies in the Unitika Group (Osaka) starting October 2009. And production of polyester filament...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/thermoplastic_polyester/Mitsubishi-Rayon-to-Outsource-Production-of-Polyester-Filament-Yarn_20994.html
August 6, 2009
Ticona, the engineering plastics subsidiary of Celanese, say it will stop producing polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and polyester polymers and lay off about 100 employees at its...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/thermoplastic_polyester/Ticona-to-Cut-100-Jobs_20626.html
August 4, 2009
The food safety bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would require the FDA to make a decision on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) by the end of this year. If unable...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Food-Safety-Bill-Gives-FDA-Deadline-to-Assess-BPA_20589.html
August 3, 2009
DSM says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mitsubishi Chemical, to acquire Mitsubishi’s nylon business in exchange for DSM’s polycarbonate business...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/DSM-and-Mitsubishi-Chemical-to-Swap-Polycarbonate-and-Nylon-Businesses_19214.html
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