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January 7, 2014
PolyOne today announced that it is realigning its North American business “to better serve customers and to increase utilization of its manufacturing assets.” The actions...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/PolyOne-realigns-business-in-North-America-following-Spartech-acquisition_57777.html
November 26, 2013
Songwon (Ulsan, South Korea) reported 8.31 billion Korean won ($7.82 million) in profit during the third quarter, the company reported today, 46% higher year-on-year. Ebitda stood at 10.71 billion won, about 40% below Ebitda for the third quarter last year. Sales meanwhile rose 0.8% Y-O-Y to 175.8 billion won. "This has been a tough quarter but, once again, we have continued to demonstrate our growth potential. We have been able to offset softening selling prices with raw material prices following the same trend, however we do not expect this to continue as economies start to rebound," Jongho Park, chairman and CEO of Songwon....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Songwon-third-quarter-profit-up-over-46-percent_56956.html
November 13, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it has received seven applications for authorization for uses of bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) under...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/DEHP-DBP-authorization-under-Reach-ECHA-initiates-eight-week-public-consultation_56671.html
October 24, 2013
A. Schulman has reported a fiscal fourth-quarter net loss from continuing operations of $1.1 million, compared with a profit of $12.7 million in the year-ago quarter. The loss was...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/A-Schulman-net-income-hit-by-tax-charges_56182.html
October 21, 2013
FRX Polymers (Antwerp) announced today that it opened its first commercial-scale halogen-free polyphosphonate flame retardant (FR) plastics plant at Antwerp, Belgium...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/FRX-Polymers-opens-flame-retardant-plastics-plant-at-Antwerp_56081.html
October 18, 2013
Songwon (Ulsan, South Korea) is evaluating its next major investment and will make a decision within 18 months to two years, Johgho Park, CEO told CW during the K plastics fair...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/K-2013-Songwon-evaluates-options-for-its-next-major-investment-launches-PP-stabilizer-range_56028.html
October 18, 2013
PolyOne says it is expanding its operations in India with a new facility at Pune that will manufacture specialty materials—including solid masterbatches, liquid colorants, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/PolyOne-to-build-specialty-materials-facility-in-India_56014.html
October 17, 2013
Eastman Chemical announced today that it is expanding capacity of its Eastman 168 non-phthalate plasticizers at its Texas City, TX, manufacturing facility. The expansion will increase...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Eastman-plans-non-phthalate-plasticizer-expansion-at-Texas-City_55995.html
October 17, 2013
Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) is investing about 1 billion Swedish kronor ($153.8 million) to develop a production platform at Stenungsund, Sweden—the largest investment the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/K-2013-Perstorp-to-build-butene-based-facility-at-Stenungsund_55990.html
October 16, 2013
UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories (UL; Northbrook, IL), has validated the benefits of Milliken's (Spartanburg, SC) new-generation Millad-branded...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/K-2013-Milliken-PP-clarifier-qualifies-for-environmental-claim-validation-label_55977.html
October 16, 2013
Clariant underlined its commitment to the plastics and coatings industry at a press conference today at the K plastics trade show, currently taking place at Düsseldorf. Megatrends...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/K-2013-Innovation-megatrends-emerging-markets-are-key-drivers-for-Clariant_55963.html
October 14, 2013
Chevron Phillips Chemical’s (CPChem) board will make a final investment decision in the first quarter of 2014 on a previously announced expansion of normal alpha-olefins (NAOs)...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/CPChem-to-decide-early-next-year-on-NAO-expansion-in-Texas_55934.html
October 10, 2013
Metabolix (Cambridge, MA) has launched a biobased polymeric performance additive for recycled polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The I6003rp-branded additive was developed based on data...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Metabolix-launches-biobased-PVC-additive_55810.html
October 1, 2013
Sabo (Bergamo, Italy) has entered into an agreement with BASF for the license of BASF's Chimassorb 2020 technology, Sabo has announced. The license will further expand Sabo's...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Sabo-signs-licensing-agreement-for-BASFs-Chimassorb-technology_55534.html
September 24, 2013
Arkema says it presented a plan late last week to its central works council to cease activities at the company's Chauny, France site. Production at the Chauny site will cease...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Arkema-presents-plan-to-close-plasticizer-site-in-France_55357.html
September 16, 2013
Arkema will convene a central workers' council on 19 September to discuss closing production facilities at a site at Chauny, France, in March 2014, the company confirmed today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Arkema-to-convene-workers-council-to-discuss-closing-plasticizer-unit-in-France_55180.html
August 30, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has published its final review of the risk assessment of diisononyl phthalate (DINP) and diiosodecyl phthalate (DIDP). The substances are...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/ECHA-says-no-justification-for-reexamination-of-restriction-on-DINP-DIDP-plasticizers_54810.html
August 26, 2013
Momentive Performance Materials (MPM) today announced several investments in support of its polyurethane (PU) additives business, including a new headquarters in China and several...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Momentive-moves-PU-additives-headquarters-expands-global-capacity_54735.html
August 22, 2013
Symphony Environmental Technologies (Borehamwood, UK) has signed a five-year supply and marketing agreement with Janssen Pharmaceutica (Bersee, Belgium), a division of Johnson &...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Symphony-Environmental-Janssen-Pharmaceutica-sign-agreement-for-antifungal-masterbatches_54633.html
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