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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
August 3, 2009
Teijin recorded a net loss ¥18 billion ($186 million) for the first quarter ended June 30, 2009, compared with a net profit of ¥2.7 billion in the corresponding period of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Teijin-Reports-First-Quarter-Loss-Announces-Restructuring-Plans_20551.html
July 16, 2009
A panel of experts convened by the State of California has unanimously determined that bisphenol A (BPA) is not a reproductive toxicant and should not be listed under the state’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/California-Expert-Panel-Clears-BPA-Says-Prop-65-Listing-Not-Warranted_20196.html
July 10, 2009
A study by Health Canada (Ottawa) has found found that levels of bisphenol a (BPA) in baby food sold in jars with metal lids are not high enough to cause harm to humans, including...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Health-Canada-BPA-Levels-in-Baby-Food-and-Bottled-Water-Are-Considered-Safe_20126.html
July 2, 2009
Teijin says it has transferred its 50% ownership in NatureWorks (Minnetonka, MN) to Cargill and has terminated the NatureWorks joint venture contract with Cargill as of June 30...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/high_temperature_polymers/Cargill-Acquires-Teijins-50-percent-Stake-in-NatureWorks_19935.html
July 1, 2009
Asahi Kasei Chemicals (AKC), an Asahi Kasei subsidiary, says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with energy company PTT (Bangkok), Marubeni, and their joint venture company...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/acrylonitrile_butadiene_styrene_san/PTT-Asahi-Chemical-to-Establish-Acetonitrile-Facility-in-Thailand_19910.html
June 29, 2009
A.   Schulman (Akron, OH) says it will close its sheet production line of its Invision-brand thermoplastic elastomers at Sharon Center, OH by the end of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/high_temperature_polymers/A-Shulman-to-Stop-Invision-Sheet-Production_19890.html
June 29, 2009
Dow Europe says it will increase prices for its Magnum-brand acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and Tyril-brand styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) due to rising raw material and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/acrylonitrile_butadiene_styrene_san/Dow-Europe-Announces-Price-Increases-on-Styrenic-Copolymers_19883.html
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