Consumer Products

Pandemic’s Impact on U.S. Plastics Appears Weaker Than Originally Forecast

A second quarter economic report from the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) reveals the possibility of a less severe coronavirus slowdown in the plastics industry than previously expected.

Engineering Resins

Ascend Submits First FDA 510(k) for Clearance of Antimicrobial Technology for Surgical Masks

Data from independent labs find Ascend’s Acteev antimirobial technology for surgical masks deactrivates bacteria, fungi and viruses, including SARS-CoV-2.


Sussex IM Adding Cleanroom

Wisconsin-based injection molder investing $2 million in a new ISO Class 8 3000-ft2 cleanroom that will be completed later this year. 

Commodity Resins

Braskem Completes Construction of World-Scale PP Facility in LaPorte, Texas

Braskem’s facility is the first new PP production facility built in North America since 2003 and has global export capacity. 


Coronavirus Pandemic Boosts Topas COC Demand

Polyplastics’ Topas COC is already being used in testing kits for COVID-19 and developments in therapy delivery containers are underway.


Adsale Optimistic for Chinaplas 2021’s Prospects after Cancelling 2020 Edition

In a virtual press conference, Adsale executives discussed the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on the Chinese plastics industry and offered a virtual tour of the show’s new home in Shenzhen.

Consumer Products

Testing: Vertical Spectrophotometer for Hard-to-Measure Materials and Shapes

Datacolor’s SpectraVision V vertical model measures and digitally communicates the color of “unmeasurables” for expanded applications. 


Italian Molder of Highly-Technical Parts Developed Reusable TPU Mask to Assist in Coronavirus Crisis

Produform converted part of its molding lines for the production of Produmask made with COIM Group’s Laripur TPU in the COVID-19 fight.

Commodity Resins

Clariant Partners with McDermott to Develop Next-Generation Phthalate-Free PP Catalysts

Clariant’s PolyMax 600 Series phthalate-free PP catalysts aimed at meeting the most demanding customer toxicity requirements.


Owner of American Cord & Webbing Acquires Custom Injection Molder

 Advantage Plastic Products, acquired by owner of ACW Mark Krauss, serve industries such as medical, electronics and environmental.