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TPE resin prices, May 30-June 3: PE, PP down; June PP contracts offered $0.07/lb lower

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 7th, 2011

Polyethylene (PE) was mostly steady to lower last week, while polypropylene (PP) continued to unwind more of the huge gains that accumulated during the first 5 months of 2011, in a slower, holiday-shortened trading week. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), noted that there were few fresh offers seen until the end of the week, when June began.

Plastics compounding: SO.F.TER. acquires PGroup

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 7th, 2011

With its acquisition, long in the works, Italy's SO.F.TER grows in size, expands its offerings for the automotive industry, particularly in Germany, and also gains a better position for the supply of fiber reinforced compounds.

Plastics supply: New PET plants for SKC, M&G

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 7th, 2011

Processors of very different applications are to be served by these two recently announced capacity expansions. M&G's announcement, made last month, involves construction of a massive plant in the U.S. to supply bottle-grade PET for packaging, whereas the SKC project in Korea will increase its capacity of premium optical-grade PET, which is primarily used in the production of high-end films for consumer electronics.

Compounder expands offerings; PP and PA loaded with recycled mineral fillers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 7th, 2011

In response to what it says is customers' increasing demand for sustainable plastic compounds, French custom compounder Eurostar Engineering Plastics is incorporating MinTron-brand alumino-silicate solid glass spheres into a new range of thermoplastic compounds made with 100% recycled, low carbon reinforcing agents.

Names in the news: Reifenhauser, Conair, LyondellBasell, Stork, and Chase Plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 6th, 2011

Robert Weeks has been named president of the Reifenhäuser Group's U.S. subsidiary Reifenhauser Inc. (Danvers, MA). Weeks' background includes a lengthy stint as an executive at the former Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. He comes to Reifenhäuser from the flat-die extrusion manufacturer, Cloeren Inc.

Oxford Performance Materials buys out Arkema’s stake in PEKK

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 6th, 2011

Oxford Performance Materials Inc. (OPM; Enfield, CT) is once again on its own, with the company's original founders buying back the polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) medical business from Arkema, which partially acquired the business in 2009.

Plastics & sustainability: With bag ban as backdrop, processors consider extended producer responsibility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 6th, 2011

Sixty CEOs and other top executives from some of Europe and North America's leading food and beverage convenience and service packaging companies met last month in Barcelona, Spain to talk trash, specifically the trash created when their products are not properly disposed. The meeting, organized by trade groups representing the convenience and foodservice packaging industry, was held as EU legislators debated a continent-wide ban or tax on thin plastic shopping bags.

Repsol increasing capacity to profit from demand for photovoltaics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 6th, 2011

Integrated petrochemicals and plastics supplier Repsol says it will invest in its Puertollano, Spain site to increase the production capacity there of ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers (EVA). The new production unit will be able to produce 15,000 tonnes/yr, with the possibility to achieve vinyl acetate (VA) contents exceeding 35%. Puertollano also is home to the Puertollano Photovoltaic Park, the fourth largest photovoltaic power station in the world.

New TPE grades make life tough for TPVs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 6th, 2011

A new line of thermoplastic elastomers has been introduced, designed to help processors move away from thermoplastic vulcanizates in applications including automotive parts, appliances, electrical products, healthcare and packaging goods and construction components. The TPEs are said to be better in performance and price.

Urbanization drives Borouge business in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 5th, 2011

The latest China census figures show that urbanization of the population of 1.34 billion is progressing at an annual rate of about 1%.  That approximates to a movement from rural to urban areas of around 10 million people each year, placing increased demands on goods, infrastructure and construction, energy and water, and presenting society with a major sustainability challenge.

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