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Biopolymers

Danimer Receives Innovation Research Grant to Support Biodegradable PHA Plastic Solutions

Project to be conducted with University of Minnesota’s ForeverGreen Initiative to investigate pennycress oil in production of PHA for single-use products.

Engineering Resins

Conventus Moves Toward Industry Collaborations as COVID-19 Vaccines Surge

The distributor/formulator of high-performance plastics has started to in-person parts development collaborations as restrictions are loosened.  

Elastomers

Antimicrobial-Containing TPEs for High-Touch Plastic Surfaces

Avient’s three proprietary TPE formulations inhibit bacterial growth by +99.9% and resist fungal and mold growth.

Biopolymers

PHA-Based Resins for Blown-Cast Films, Injection Molding and Thermoforming

TerraVerdae Bioworks has globally launched a new line of PHA-based resins for customer evaluation.

Recycled Materials

Aramco and SABIC Realign Marketing & Sales, Commercial & Supply Activities

SABIC will focus on petrochemicals and Aramco Trading Company on fuel products.

Recycled Materials

Unique Biobased PC Copolymer Blend with PCR Content

SABIC’s new Thermocomp biobased compound offers sustainable option for uses in E/E/, healthcare and other key market sectors.

Engineering Resins

Arkema Completes Divestment of PMMA

Trinseo now owns the venerable Plexiglass PMMA business

Biopolymers

SABIC Partners with NUDEC to Launch Renewable PC

The SABIC-NUDEC collaboration targeted to building & construction applications.  

Biopolymers

NatureWorks and IMA in Strategic Partnership for the Compostable Coffee Pods Market

  The partnership is aimed at accelerating the availability of a turn-key solution for K-Cup compatible compostable coffee pods in North America.

Materials

Braskem Joins Cyclyx Consortium as Founding Member

As a member of the consortium, Braskem will have access to innovations that aim to deliver waste plastic feedstock for existing and new mechanical and advanced recycling pathways.

Recycled Materials

Arizona is 12th State to Support Advanced Plastics Recycling

Arizona has enacted legislation that will enable greater adoption of advanced recycling.  

Biopolymers

Total Corbion PLA in Engineering Stage for new PLA Plant in Europe

The 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion has kicked off the front-end engineering design stage for its new 200-million lb/yr PLA plant in Grandpuits, France.

Recycled Materials

Dow Partners with Mura Technology to Scale Game-Changing Advanced Plastics Recycling Technology

Dow’s collaboration to speed up development of Mura’s pioneering Hydro PRS technology that can recycle all forms of plastics.

Recycled Materials

Eight Startups Aim to Tackle Plastic Pollution

Rethinking Materials summit includes startups approaching issue through bioplastics and others through circular technologies.

Commodity Resins

Indorama Launches Carbon Neutral PET

The Deja sustainable brand PET portfolio from Indorama now includes carbon neutral PET grades.

Engineering Resins

Polykemi Invests in its Own U.S. Compounding Plant

Gastonia, N.C. is the location for Polykemi’s plant which could start production of compounds as early as 2022.

Engineering Resins

BASF Issues Price Increases for Caprolactam, Nylon 6 & Copolymer

Increases reflect tight supply and increased demand.

Recycled Materials

Ineos Styrolution, Recycling Technologies and Trinseo Reach Milestone in Plans to Build Commercial PS Recycling Plants

Pilot plant to be built next year in the U.K. using Recycling Technologies’ depolymerization solution.

Engineering Resins

Ultra-Light TPE Composites for Footwear

Xenia’s new Xelight composites are based on Arkema’s Pebax TPE

Additives

SI Group Adds China Location to Manufacture Weston 705

Production startup of SI Group’s proprietary liquid antioxidant scheduled for May 2021.

Additives

Liquid Toner Technology for Consistent Color Dispersion in Transparent PC

Avient’s ColorMatrix Optica for PC boast exceptional clarity and color consistency for a broad range of applications.

Engineering Resins

Evonik Looks to Extend the Service Life of Joint Prostheses with PEEK Biomaterials

A collaboration between Evonik and Boston’s Mass. General’s Harris Orthopaedics Laboratory is underway to transfer innovation from veterinary to human medicine

Additives

Blue Toners & Colorants for Enhanced Recyclability of PET Packaging

Avient’s new ColorMatrix Optica blue toners and colorants formulated for addition to virgin and recycled PET for injection and extrusion processes.  

Commodity Resins

Nova Chemicals Surpasses 65% Completion of its Polyolefins Growth Projects in Ontario

With its accelerated timetable Nova Chemicals is targeting 2022 start-up.

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