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January 22, 2013
BASF and Sinopec have completed a joint feasibility study and taken the next steps to establish a world-scale isonanol (INA) plant at Maoming, China, BASF announced today. Both...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/BASF-and-Sinopec-complete-study-for-INA-project-in-China-form-new-50-50-jv_49185.html
January 11, 2013
Evonik will develop its C4 products chain with the expansion of its butene-1 capacity at the Marl Chemical Park (Marl, Germany), and by expanding its butadiene capacity at Antwerp...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Evonik-to-expand-C4-chain-capacity-in-Germany-and-Belgium_48915.html
December 13, 2012
BASF says it is opening a production site for customer-specific antioxidant blends (CSBs) in Bahrain. The facility is the largest of its kind worldwide, and is expected to become fully...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/BASF-opens-worlds-largest-plant-for-customer-specific-antioxidant-blends-in-Bahrain_48296.html
December 12, 2012
Metabolix (Cambridge, MA) has entered into an agreement with Kenmare (Milan), a packaging solutions supplier, for Kenmare to promote and distribute Metabolix’s compostable...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Metabolix-signs-distribution-agreement-for-compostable-film-grade-resin_48295.html
December 12, 2012
Evonik Industries says it plans to expand its portfolio with the launch of a new generation of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plasticizers. The company says that, apart from expanding its...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Evonik-to-start-making-phthalate-free-plasticizer-next-year_48290.html
November 27, 2012
Songwon Industrial (Ulsan, Korea) has selected Abu Dhabi as the location of a previously announced one pack systems (OPS) project in the Mideast. The company had been considering...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Songwon-jv-selects-Abu-Dhabi-for-Mideast-OPS-project_47947.html
November 12, 2012
Private equity firm SK Capital Partners (New York) has reached agreement to acquire Chemtura's antioxidant and Ultraviolet (UV) stabilizer solutions business—including...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/SK-Capital-to-acquire-Chemturas-antioxidants-business-for-$200-million_47638.html
October 10, 2012
Songwon Industrial (Ulsan, Korea) says it has signed an agreement for a previously announced joint venture with Pan Gulf Holdings (Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia) and Polysys Industries (Abu...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Songwon-to-build-one-pack-systems-jv-plants-in-US-Mideast-distribute-light-stabilizers-for-Italian-firm_46876.html
October 4, 2012
Arkema says it has finalized the previously announced divestment of its tin stabilizer business to PMC Group (Mount Laurel, NJ), a producer of performance chemicals and plastics. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Arkema-finalizes-divestment-of-tin-stabilizer-business_46702.html
August 20, 2012
Emery Oleochemicals (Shah Alam, Malaysia) has broken ground on a project to expand production capacity for plastic additives and build a technical development center at the company's...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Emery-Oleochemicals-Breaks-Ground-on-Expansion-Project-in-Germany_45728.html
July 25, 2012
Easing supply and recent price weakness in titanium dioxide (TiO2) is raising questions about whether the market has hit a short-term correction or whether there is cause of concern...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Titanium-Dioxide-Weakness-Sparks-Concern-About-Outlook_45103.html
July 5, 2012
BASF Plastic Additives Middle East and Astra Polymers (Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia), a producer of masterbatches, plastic additives and compounds, have signed a new contract, which extends...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/BASF-and-Astra-Polymers-Extend-Plastic-Additives-Cooperation_44652.html
June 18, 2012
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has added 13 substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the candidate list under the European Union's (EU) Registration, Evaluation, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/ECHA-Adds-13-Substances-to-Reach-Candidate-List-Rejects-Proposal-to-Restrict-Four-Phthalates_44263.html
May 30, 2012
BASF says that it is building an additional antioxidant production line at Jurong, Singapore. BASF supplies a range of antioxidants under the Irganox brand. The investment strengthens...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/BASF-Expands-Antioxidants-Capacity-in-Singapore_43575.html
May 21, 2012
Georgia Gulf says it will use biobased plasticizers produced by Segetis (Golden Valley, MN) in a new line of flexible vinyl compounds “suitable for a variety of consumer and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Georgia-Gulf-Taps-Segetis-for-Biobased-Plasticizer_43651.html
May 8, 2012
Eastman Chemical announced the startup of its non-phthalate plasticizer manufacturing facility at Texas City, Texas. The new facility will primarily produce Eastman 168 non-phthalate...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Eastman-Opens-Texas-City-Plasticizer-Plant_43300.html
March 27, 2012
Georgia Gulf and Galata Chemicals (Southbury, CT) say they are collaborating to develop flexible, biobased polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compounds containing Galata's biobased Drapex Alpha...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Georgia-Gulf-Taps-Galata-for-Biobased-PVC-Plasticizers_42339.html
March 20, 2012
JPS Industries (Greenville, SC), a maker of urethane films, has retained the investment bank Houlihan Lokey to explore “strategic alternatives,” including a possible sale...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Urethane-Films-Maker-Exploring-Sale_42116.html
March 8, 2012
A study by the Silent Spring Institute (Newton, MA) says a review of 213 cleaning products, cosmetics, personal care and other common consumer products show they contain “complex...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Industry-Disputes-Methodology-Used-in-Cleaning-Products-Study_41882.html
January 18, 2012
Arkema says it will withdraw the Evatane 33-15 and Lotryl 14MG02 grades from its Evatane and Lotryl functional polyolefin ranges. Evatane 33-15 is an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA)-based...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Arkema-to-Withdraw-Two-Grades-from-Functional-Polyolefin-Ranges_40544.html
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