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Resins, Recycling, and Pyrolysis Drive Plastics Developments

Want to see where all the action is in plastics? Check the Top 10 plastic developments of October from BASF to Sonoco in this all-in-one-page summary.

Rick Lingle, Senior Technical Editor

November 1, 2023

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Graphic snippets from three of the Top 10 articles from PlasticsToday in October.

The plastics industry is driven by trends affecting plastic company’s customers that are adopting more sustainable solutions that lean further into recycling and waste reduction.

That supports the continued development of alternative technologies and materials that continually advance the boundaries of plastic applications and possibilities.

That’s the backdrop to our monthly roundup, this cycle for October, where the effect of sustainability is prominent, though other forces on the business side come into play. These include decisions like partnerships and plant closings that can have a dramatic impact regionally and beyond.

In short, plastics is a dynamic market in transition that’s reflected in October’s 10 top-read articles determined by website metrics, listed in reverse order.

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10. You Made Plastics from What???

Researchers making plastics from black soldier flies grabbed a lot of headlines, but it’s not all that revolutionary.




9. Translucent Plastics Reshaping Auto Design Landscape, Claims LyondellBasell

In particular, EVs stand to benefit from new PP compound grades that deliver an “innovative platform for creativity.”



Image courtesy of BASF

8. BASF Divests Expanded Polypropylene Foam Business

The chemicals titan is selling the business to Knauf Industries, a manufacturer of complex molded parts made of expanded polypropylene foam.



Image courtesy of Beta Technologies

7. Solvay Partners with Electric Aircraft Maker

Solvay is the primary composite material supplier to Vermont-based Beta Technologies.


6. ICIS Now Tracks Pyrolysis Oil Pricing for Chemical Recycling

First-of-a-kind index for pyrolysis oil will enable buyers and sellers to assess the overall opportunities in the chemical recycling market with transparency and clarity.


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5. Monthly Resin Report: Strong Sales, Feedstock Costs Push Up Contract Prices

September PE contracts rose 3 cents/lb compared with August, the second consecutive monthly increase.


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4. Global Plastics Summit Puts Forth Radical Proposals to Reduce Plastic Pollution

The Global Rules Scenario would lead to production of just 301 million tonnes of virgin plastics by 2040 compared with current projections of 712 million tonnes.


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3. Pyrolysis-based Recycling Has Significant Environmental Benefits, Study Shows

New plastic made with just 5% pyrolysis oil produces up to 23% fewer greenhouse-gas emissions than crude-oil derived polymer, according to US Department of Energy research.


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2. Best in Automotive Innovation: Body Exterior Category

Rivian is among the finalists in this year’s awards program.


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1.  Sonoco to Shutter Indiana Plant

The notification comes less than a month after the packaging company announced the closure of a plant in California. 

About the Author(s)

Rick Lingle

Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday

Rick Lingle is Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree from Clarke College and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

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