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Cathay Industrial Biotech significantly expanding biobased nylon

June 22, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Cathay Industrial Biotech (Shanghai), a privately owned industrial biotechnology company focused on specialty biobased chemicals, has announced a major expansion of its production capacity for biobased long-chain dibasic acids (LCDA) and the groundbreaking...

Toray supplies carbon fiber prepreg to Airbus

June 21, 2016 | Deepti Ramesh

Toray Industries on Tuesday announced that its Torayca prepreg with intermediate modulus carbon fiber T800S has been approved as a material for the primary structure of Airbus's A380 aircraft. Toray has started supplying the material to the Airbus plant in...

Sabic to address global trends at K 2016

June 8, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz in Antwerp

Sabic, the world’s third largest chemicals group, will address global mega trends at the upcoming K fair, the world’s largest plastics trade show, which will take place in Dusseldorf in October. “With a strong emphasis on sustainability...

DSM extends range of engineering plastics

June 8, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz in Antwerp

DSM on Wednesday announced entry into new products and extensions of existing materials business lines. The announcements were made by a team of DSM Engineering Plastics’ experts at a pre-K briefing in Antwerp. The K exhibition, the world’s...

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....

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