Consumer Products

Early Signs of an Upturn from the Great Economic Disruption?

Estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the U.S. employment rate fell to 13.3% in May following the 14.7% rate in April. 29,800 jobs were recouped in plastics and rubber products manufacturing in May, after 900 and 73,900 job losses in March and April, respectively.


Polymax TPE Expands R&D Capabilities

A Coperion ZSK Mc twin-screw compounding extruder highlights Polymax TPE’s new lab line expansion. 


Covestro and Neste Collaboration Underway for Renewable PC Raw Materials

Strategic cooperation between Covestro and Neste aimed at replacing a significant portion of fossil raw materials used in polycarbonate resins.

Commodity Resins

Engineered Polyolefins Compounder Mytex Polymers Plans Expansion

Mytex Polymers has opted to invest in expanding capacity at its Georgia facility to meet demand for long glass fiber PP compounds.
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North American Plastics Machinery Shipments Contract in First Quarter

Impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, overall shipments decreased by nearly 20%, while extrusion business and exports expanded, according to the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS).

Engineering Resins

Toray's Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Advances Poised to Enhance Cost/Performance of Molded Products

Toray Industries’ high tensile modulus carbon fiber thermoplastic pellets said to be optimized for injection molding of complex, rigid and lightweight parts. 

Engineering Resins

Covestro's Thermally Conductive PC First to be Used for Auto LED Fog Lamp Housing

The LED fog lamp housing made of Covestro’s Makrolon TC8030 PC was among a handful of material category finalists in the 2019 Annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards competition.


Lanxess Partners with Chase Plastic Services to Distribute its High-Performance Materials (HPM) in the U.S. and Canada

Chase Plastic Services to distribute Lanxess’ Durethan nylon 6 and Pocan PBT compounds. 

Engineering Resins

DuPont Throttling Back Plastics Production by Close to 50%

In preparation for further downslides in industries such as automotive, aerospace, oil & gas and construction, DuPont to reduce plastics production capacity. 

Consumer Products

Covestro and Teknor Apex to Cooperate on Compounding TPU

Teknor Apex to market jointly developed TPU compounds with Covestro’s Desmoflex brand.