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April 5, 2013
Polycarbonate continues to face margin pressure as PC production costs increase on tighter supply and higher prices for feedstock benzene, an IHS Chemical report says. The demand...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/IHS-Chemical-Subdued-demand-volatile-benzene-likely-to-hurt-polycarbonate-margins_50922.html
March 26, 2013
Owens Corning (Toledo, OH), a producer of glass fiber reinforcements for composite systems, joined a strategic alliance with BASF and TenCate Advanced Composites (Morgan Hill, CA) to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/thermoplastic_polyester/BASF-Corning-and-TenCate-form-team-to-develop-thermoplastic-composites_50562.html
March 19, 2013
Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) is seeing tightening in the polyurethane (PU) and polycarbonate (PC) markets, a situation that should ease with the company’s investment plans. Patrick Thomas, CEO of BMS, on the sidelines of Bayer’s results briefing in Leverkusen late last month said that last year’s toluene diisocyanate (TDI) growth rates were more than 6%....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Bayer-expands-PC-and-PU-production-as-markets-tighten_50458.html
March 1, 2013
Arkema is betting strongly on the Asian and North American markets, focusing its investments on the high-performance materials and coating solutions areas, to remain on track toward...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/nylon/Arkema-bets-on-Asian-North-American-markets-on-track-with-2016-road-map_50187.html
February 27, 2013
Ascend Performance Materials (Houston) is proceeding with plans to build a $1.2-billion propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility in at its Alvin, TX, site. The PDH unit will use propane...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/nylon/Ascend-plans-$1-2-billion-on-purpose-propylene-plant-at-Alvin-TX-site_50088.html
February 22, 2013
Oversupply and sluggish demand will continue to impact the price of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) in Europe throughout 2013 with changes mostly dictated by feedstock prices, a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/acrylonitrile_butadiene_styrene_san/European-ABS-prices-likely-to-remain-stagnant-during-2013-due-to-poor-demand-oversupply_49993.html
February 14, 2013
Invista started production at its expanded nylon salt polymer facility in Rozenburg, Netherlands.  “The addition of a salt facility in Rozenburg will provide our customers a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/nylon/Invista-starts-production-at-nylon-salt-plant-in-the-Netherlands_49830.html
February 14, 2013
Solvay achieved a 79% increase in its net income, group share, for the fourth quarter of 2012, to €203 million ($273 million) from €184 million in the fourth quarter a year...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/nylon/Solvays-fourth-quarter-net-income-soars-79-percent_49823.html
January 9, 2013
Americhem (Cuyahoga Falls, OH), has announced the acquisition of Infinity Compounding (Swedesboro, NJ), a supplier of specialty filled and reinforced engineering thermoplastic...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/acrylonitrile_butadiene_styrene_san/Americhem-acquires-engineered-polymers-manufacturer-Infinity-Compounding_48837.html
January 7, 2013
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says it will recommend to its board that it reject a citizens' petition for a ban on the use of bisphenol...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Maine-DEP-recommends-rejection-of-citizen-BPA-petition_48736.html
January 4, 2013
University of Missouri (MU) researchers say they have been unable to reproduce the results of a previous study that had linked exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) to increased rates of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Researchers-fail-to-duplicate-study-linking-BPA-to-obesity-diabetes_48734.html
December 20, 2012
BASF says it has increased production capacity for nylon-6 film-product materials by 21,000 m.t./year at Ludwigshafen. "This capacity increase reflects our customers' growing...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/nylon/BASF-completes-nylon-6-film-capacity-hike-at-Ludwigshafen_48520.html
December 14, 2012
BASF has entered the market for solid nylon salt (AH salt) with the start-up of a 24,000-m.t./year plant at Ludwigshafen. Producing solid AH salt, as opposed to the existing 62%...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/nylon/BASF-enters-market-for-solid-AH-salt_48393.html
December 7, 2012
Researchers reviewing datasets compiled by the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) say in a recent study that they have been unable to establish a link between...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Study-questions-validity-of-methods-used-to-link-BPA-exposure-and-heart-disease_48216.html
November 6, 2012
Alfred Talke Logistics Services (Talke; Hürth, Germany) says it has been awarded a contract for the planning, construction, and operation of a logistics facility for Lanxess's new...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/nylon/Talke-to-construct-logistics-facility-for-Lanxess-at-Antwerp_47483.html
October 18, 2012
Ube Industries says it has decided to build additional manufacturing capacity for nylon-6 at the production site of its Ube Engineering Plastics (Castellón, Spain) subsidiary...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/nylon/Ube-expands-nylon-6-capacity-in-Spain_47048.html
October 10, 2012
France’s Senate, on 9 October, unanimously voted in favor of a measure to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging and medical devices, beginning July 2015. The measure...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Frances-Senate-approves-ban-on-BPA-in-food-packaging-medical-devices_46854.html
October 4, 2012
Victrex Polymer Solutions (Thornton Cleveleys, UK), a subsidiary of Victrex Plc, today announced a major expansion in polyaryletherketones (PAEK) capacity by early 2015. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/high_temperature_polymers/Victrex-to-build-polyaryletherketones-plant-in-the-UK_46697.html
October 1, 2012
Sabic’s Polymershapes division has opened a new distribution branch at Charleston, SC. The branch joins an existing Columbia, SC, branch to form a new South Carolina sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/high_temperature_polymers/Sabics-Polymershapes-division-opens-branch-in-Charleston-SC_46620.html
September 27, 2012
Health Canada says its reassessment of bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging indicates exposure levels are not high enough to cause concern about adverse health effects in adults or...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/engineering_plastics/polycarbonate/Health-Canada-Review-Supports-Use-of-BPA-in-Food-Packaging_46556.html
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