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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
June 26, 2009
Koch Industries’ Invista unit has confirmed plans to enter the nylon-6,6 engineering polymers business. Resin production will be added at existing Invista production sites in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/nylon/Invista-Enters-Nylon-66-Plastic-Market_19799.html
June 26, 2009
Demand for engineering thermoplastic resins is growing, says Kim Choate, global product director for Ultem resins at Sabic Innovative Plastics (Sabic-IP). The company expects...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Engineering-Thermoplastics-Demand-is-Growing-Sabic-Innovative-Plastics-Says_19788.html
June 25, 2009
Nylon-6,6 resin production will be added at existing Invista nylon production sites in North America and Europe, and the company plans to build polymer capacity in Asia as well. Capacity was not disclosed but Invista material will be in the market "very soon," Invista officials say....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/nylon/Invista-to-Enter-Nylon-Engineering-Plastics-Business_19741.html
June 17, 2009
Jubilant Organosys (Noida, India), one of the largest pharmaceutical custom research and manufacturing services companies in India, says it is evaluating the divestment of its...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/high_temperature_polymers/Jubilant-to-Divest-Performance-Polymers-Business_19613.html
June 12, 2009
Sabic Innovative Plastics, a Sabic subsidiary, says it will permanently close an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plant at Grangemouth, U.K. with the loss of 95 jobs. The closure...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/acrylonitrile_butadiene_styrene_san/Sabic-to-Close-ABS-Facility-in-the-U-K-_19479.html
June 12, 2009
The soft demand for durable goods, especially in the automotive and construction industries, has taken a toll on engineering plastics in the last year. Volatile raw material costs have...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Slow-Automotive-Demand-Drags-on-Engineering-Plastics-Growth_19506.html
June 11, 2009
Connecticut has passed legislation that will ban the manufacture and sale of infant formula and other baby food containers that contain bisphenol a (BPA) by October 2011. The move...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Connecticut-Passes-BPA-Ban_19470.html
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