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Honeywell to spin out resins and chemicals business

May 12, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Honeywell announced today that it will spin off its $1.3-billion resins and chemicals business into a stand-alone, publicly traded company by early 2017. The new company, named AdvanSix, will be a leading manufacturer of nylon 6 resin, caprolactam, and other...

JSR, Ube Industries, and Mitsubishi Rayon in talks to merge ABS businesses

May 9, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

JSR, Ube Industries, and Mitsubishi Rayon on Monday announced that they have reached a basic agreement to start negotiating merging their respective acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) manufacturing subsidiaries. The merger concerns Techno Polymer, a wholly...

BASF hikes nylon-6 and nylon-6/6,6 copolymer prices in Asia/Pacific

May 6, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

BASF has announced that it will increase prices for its Ultramid B nylon-6 and Ultramid C nylon-6/6,6 copolymer products by $100/m.t. in Asia/Pacific in order to restore its prices to a sustainable level. The increase will take effect immediately, or as...

Domo, Total to enhance nylon integration at German site; Domo inaugurates compounding facility in China

May 6, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Domo Chemicals (Zwijnaarde, Belgium) and Total Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland, a Total subsidiary, say they are investing an undisclosed sum, in the "double-digit millions" of euros, to construct two plant sections at the companies' shared site at...

Victrex enters into consent decree with the FTC over implantable-grade PEEK

April 28, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK), the leading producer of poletheretherketone (PEEK), said on Thursday that it has entered into a consent decree with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) concerning an FTC inquiry into the sale and marketing of...

Toray, Mitsui & Co., and Hexagon Lincoln plan JV to manufacture carbon fiber reinforced hydrogen cylinders for vehicles in Japan

April 27, 2016 | Deepti Ramesh

Toray Industries, Mitsui & Co. and Hexagon Composites entered into an agreement on 25 April to study a joint venture to manufacture and sell carbon fiber reinforced high-pressure hydrogen cylinders for vehicles in Japan. The jv aims to manufacture...

Solvay to open nylon testing laboratory in Shanghai

April 25, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Solvay Engineering Plastics, a world leader in nylon-based performance materials, announced the creation of a dedicated part testing laboratory in Shanghai to support the growth of its customers in Asia. Starting end of this year, the application performance...

Invista starts up Shanghai HMD plant

April 18, 2016 | Clay Boswell

Invista says it has started up a new 215,000 m.t./year hexamethylene diamine (HMDA) plant in Shanghai, part of a $1 billion nylon-6,6 project first announced in 2007, but  delayed until 2014 by the economic downturn....

Trinseo increases price of PS and copolymers in Europe

April 4, 2016 | Clay Boswell

Trinseo (Horgen, Switzerland) has increased April contract and spot prices for all grades of polystyrene (PS) and styrene copolymers in Europe. The increase for general-purpose PS (GPPS) and high-impact PS (HIPS) is €105/m.t. ($119.72); for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene resin, €120/m.t.; and for styrene acrylonitrile resins, €95/m.t....

BASF raises European nylon prices by €120/m.t.

March 28, 2016 | Clay Boswell

SF says it is increasing European prices for all base polymer grades of nylon 6 and nylon 6,6, as well as caprolactam and adipic acid, by €120/m.t., effective immediately. “The increase is necessary in order to restore prices to a sustainable level,” says the company....

BASF and Kolon Plastics join forces in world's largest POM JV, BASF to discontinue POM production at Ludwigshafen

March 16, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Engineering plastics producer Kolon Plastics (Gincheon, South Korea) and BASF on Wednesday agreed to establish a joint venture in South Korea to manufacture polyoxymethylene (POM), also known as polyacetal, an engineering plastic used in industrial...

Evonik to expand hollow-fiber membrane capacity in Austria

March 3, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Evonik Industries is expanding its membrane business with an investment at its site at Lenzing/Schörfling, Austria. The investment will double the existing production capacities for the Sepuran-branded hollow-fiber membrane modules, Evonik says. Evonik...

Clariant to expand masterbatches capacity for high-temperature polymers

February 18, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Clariant says it will spend more than 7.5 million Swiss francs ($7.6 million) in specialized equipment and facilities to expand the capabilities and capacities for the production of color and additive masterbatches for use in engineering resins and...

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