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September 27, 2022

Industry Roundup

Caustic Soda

Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals commissions expansion of caustic soda plant in Dahej, India; expansion will bring capacity to 1,310 tons/day
MRC (09/23)


XSYS expands its ThermoFlexX Woodpecker family of high frequency screens with Nevis, which was developed for printing with white inks on film-based substrates, enables higher imaging speeds of flat top dot flexographic plates for standard white inks
XSYS Germany GmbH (09/26)

Flint Group Narrow Web showcases solutions for recyclable shrink sleeves and bottles at Labelexpo Americas 2022; products including de-inking primers and overprint varnishes, help prevent ink contamination during recycling of PET
Flint Group (09/23)


Ampacet and Pellenc ST to collaborate on launch of Ampacet’s REC-NIR-BLACK, an alternative black masterbatch solution meant to enable recycling of dark-colored PET packaging; Pellenc has performed successful testing in black bottles
Packaging Europe (09/26)

University of California San Diego develop new biodegradable materials as alternatives to conventional plastics; PU foams have been tested as biodegradable in land-based composts and in seawater
UC San Diego (09/26)


Mosaic reports August potash revenue of US$576M on sales volumes of 848,000 tonnes, up from year-ago revenue of US$196M on volumes of 610,000 tonnes
Accesswire (09/23)

Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)

Tronox expects Q3 2022 adjusted EBITDA of US$240-US$255M, compared to previous expectations for US$275-US$295M; company notes softer-than-anticipated TiO2 sales volumes, increasing energy costs in Europe
Tronox Ltd. (09/26)

Agricultural Chemicals

BASF introduces Dagonis fungicide in Kenya for protection from powdery mildew, a fungal disease that affects rose bushes; product is well suited to flower growers from first foliage to harvest, company says
BASF SE (09/26)

Paper & Pulp Chemicals

Global market for liquid sodium silicate projected to increase at a CAGR of 2% between 2020 ad 2030; end markets span pulp and paper, detergents, elastomers, catalysts: report
EIN Presswire (09/26)

Specialty Chemicals

Actylis makes debut as a provider of performance ingredients for the life sciences and specialty chemicals markets; Actylis has integrated leading specialty ingredient manufacturers and sourcing companies to create hybrid manufacturing and sourcing model
Business Wire (09/26)


Polyethylene (PE)

Wipak to showcase its GreenChoice solutions for food packaging at FACHPACK 2022 in Germany; company to focus on portfolio’s new generation of PP or PE based packaging designed for recycling
Wipak Group (09/26)

Dow announces agreement to supply INNATE TF PE Resins for Tenter Frame Biaxial Orientation; materials will be used in recyclable refill bags for Thailand-based Shokubutsu Monogatari’s shower cream
The Dow Chemical Co. (09/23)

Polypropylene (PP)

P&G's PureCycle Technologies, Cincinnati Bengals to collect more than 150,000 pieces of plastic waste during season's home games; technology processes PP waste from souvenir stadium cups, food containers to produce ultra-pure recycled plastic
PureCycle Technologies LLC (09/26)

At Fachpack event in Germany, Selig Group to display Ecoflex material made of PP for baby food, confectionery, snacking and pharmaceutical manufacturers, as well as Oenoseal, Tresylene and Uni-Foam foam-based liners
Packaging News (09/26)

Polyesters/Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

Mpact secures finalists in 2022 Gold Pack awards for a paper-based Woolworths tomato carrypack, 100% PCR lidless monolayer fruit punnet, 100% rPET bottle for Charlotte Rhys, high graphic Amber Weiss carton, rPET honey bottle, Sta-Sof-Fro hair care pack
Bizcommunity (09/26)

Quadpack launches recyclable, refillable, monomaterial Regula Refill Jar for prestige cosmetics; the 50ml pack has a thick-walled outer jar in PET with a premium, glass-like aesthetic and an inner jar made of PP and designed to be thermosealed
Quadpack Industries SA (09/26)

Polystyrene (PS/EPS)

Styrenics Circular Solutions confirms recyclability of foamed PS trays via a closed-loop, tray-to-tray scheme with Italian recycling consortium Corepla, machinery firms Tomra and Zimmermann, recycler Forever Plast, verifier Versalis, converter Magic Pack
Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS) (09/26)

Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA)

Hanwha to use LyondellBasell Lupotech T high-pressure PE technology at new site in Yeosu, South Korea; Hanwha plans 300,000-ton/year vinyl acetate copolymer line
LyondellBasell Industries NV (09/26)

Polyurethane (PU)

Novoloop Partners and Swiss sports brand On develop 'world's first' chemically upcycled thermoplastic PU; recycled TPU is made from unconventional carbon feedstock from plastic waste, contains 35% post-consumer content, performs comparably to virgin TPU
Business Wire (09/23)


Toray to increase prices of automotive airbag yarn, fabrics by up to 35% for shipments from Oct. 1; prices have remained high for nylon 66 polymer on surging crude oil prices amid Russia/Ukraine conflict, global economic recovery, USD's sharp appreciation
Toray Industries Inc. (09/26)

Russian scientists develop recyclable, carbon-fiber composite with adjustable properties for potential aviation use; composite is first to use polyethersulfone matrix instead of conventional epoxy resin, is resistant to high heat, lightweight, durable
National University of Science and Technology MISIS (09/26)

Thermoplastics Elastomer (TPE)

Arkema to increase previously announced Pebax elastomer capacity expansion at site in Serquigny, France; capacity will now be increased by 40%, compared to previous plan for 25%, completed by Q3 2023
Business Wire (09/26)


US ITC to conduct final phase of antidumping duty investigations regarding styrene-butadiene rubber imports from Czechia and Russia
Federal Register (09/26)


Natural gas transported by interstate pipelines leaks hazardous air pollutants, carcinogens; estimates say gas infrastructure leaked 1.4 million tons of methane in 2020, benzene up to 299 ppm, or 30,000 times short-term exposure level: PSE Healthy Energy
Eureka Alert (09/23)



PPG introduces new GLIDDEN floor paint and concrete stain product line featuring Cool Surface Technology; products can limit surface temperatures by up to 20% for greater comfort on bare feet, company says
PPG Industries Inc. (09/26)

 End markets


Canon files infringement reports with Amazon.com seeking removal of toner cartridges sold by Jaylantechshop as Uniwork brand as they infringe Canon's US patent
Canon Inc. (09/23)


At FIA UK awards, Parkside Flexibles wins gold in Technical Innovation – Printer category for its paper-based frozen seafood packaging, and bronze in Sustainably Produced Packaging category for its soft fruit pack made from pulp with a compostable film
Parkside Flexibles Group (09/26)

Innovia Films develops Rayoface JB high yield, semi-solid, glossy white BOPP film; the 47-micron film is designed for pressure sensitive labelling applications, has a coating receptive surface for adding a printable topcoat, has EU and FDA food compliance
Innovia Films Ltd. (09/26)


Encina announces Chief Sustainability Officer Sheida Sahandy will Present at the GPS + PEPP Summit and Plastics Recycling & The Circular Economy Virtual Event
Encina Development Group LLC (09/26)

Encina produces high purity aromatics made 100% from end-of-life plastics.
PetroChemical News (CBNB Abstract) (09/26)

Plastic Packaging

Encirc working with Britvic to remove unnecessary pallet waste from glass packaging; trial involves replacing plastic shroud with recyclable straps and replacing single-use paperboard that layers the pallets with reusable plastic that can be washed
Glass International (09/26)

WWF, Ellen MacArthur Foundation to launch Business Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty to ensure strong voice for businesses, NGOs, financial institutions in upcoming 'End Plastic Waste' negotiation process; members include Amcor, Coca-Cola, Nestle, 3M
LiveNews.co.nz (09/23)

Cosmetic & Personal Care Ingredients

Coty and Adidas present new Active Skin & Mind range of deodorants and shower products designed to rebalance skin after working out; range features glycerol, hyaluronic acid and essential oils for rapid skin moisture recovery, increased skin hydration
Coty Inc. (09/26)

US consumers still focused on natural, sustainable skin care as climate change impacts daily lives, according to Mintel; amid demand, Society of Cosmetic Chemists, Rutgers University share topics on natural ingredients, plant-based stem cells in cosmetics
Household & Personal Products Industry (HAPPI) (09/26)

Food & Beverage Ingredients/Additives

ADM announces grand opening of ADM Science and Technology Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign; site will focus on research and development in human nutrition, wet chemistry, sensory science and more
Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) (09/26)

Cargill plans commercial launch of soluble corn fiber ingredient in 2023; product includes at least 80% fiber content on a dry basis, offering lower-sugar option for baked foods, cereal, beverages, confectionery items and more
Food Business News (09/26)

Pharmaceutical Ingredients

US District Court rules in favor of Merck in patent infringement suit against Viatris related to sitagliptin, an active ingredient in anti-diabetics Januvia, Janumet, Janumet XR; Viatris is looking to market generic versions of Januvia, Janumet in US
Fitch Solutions Sector Intelligence (09/26)

Flavors, Fragrances & Scents

Plant-based brand Nature's Beauty launches at Walmart; offering includes body butters and lotions from its Sleep and Stress Relief collections, with two new value sizes available in Lavender Chamomile Sleep and Elderberry Eucalyptus Stress Relief scents
Happi (09/26)

Niche line Mark Buxton Perfumes introduces Why Not A Fougere, a new fragrance available at Nose in France as 50 ml eau de parfum; the green and woody fragrance contains angelica, exaltolide musk, pear, lavendar, leathery notes
Now Smell This (09/26)


AkzoNobel selects two winning startups from Paint the Future India startup challenge; proposals include collaborative web-based platform for visualization, interactive AI guide for consumers in selecting paints
NewsVoir (India) (09/26)

Silicon, Silicone & Silicate

Winners of 2022 Pentawards announced; Diamond – Best of Show goes to China-based Urban Forest’s Pocket Neck Pillow, whose outer silicon packaging is shaped like a tree and doubles as an air pump
Pentawards (09/26)

onsemi inaugurates expanded silicon carbide facility in Roznov, Czech Republic, increasing company's wafer production capacity by 16 times over next two years; expansion meets spiking demand for microchips
Business Wire (09/23)

Carbon Fibers

Solvay introduces LTM 350 low-temperature prepreg tooling material designed for industrial, aerospace, automotive and race car markets; carbon fiber epoxy material offers low-temperature curing
Solvay SA (09/23)

Synthetic Fibers

Trutzschler presents portal bale opener machine to meet increased requirements for blending, fiber opening for consistent yarn quality; machine produces at 3,000 kg/h at 3,500 mm working width, or 2,500 kg/h at 2,900 mm working width for finer tufts
Trutzschler GMBH & Co. KG (09/26)

UK's National Composites Centre, 3M, Rolls-Royce develop ceramic matrix composites using automated fiber placement technology to improve engine efficiencies, reduce CO2 emissions; CMCs operate at 1000°C, whereas most nickel-based alloys operate at 800°C
National Composites Centre (09/23)


Scientists create reinforced biocomposites made with nonwoven fiber mats from fique--a native crop of South America--for potential automotive use; fibers increase epoxy-resin matrix tensile modulus by 5,700%, tensile strength 277%, flexural strength 820%
Nature Scientific Reports (09/26)

Global meltblown nonwovens market to top US$21.63B by 2028, after growing at 9.5% CAGR on demand for face masks, hygiene products, filters; Asia-Pacific region to grow at 6.5% CAGR, but North America to grow faster on rising healthcare, hygiene demands
openPR (09/26)


Nike, Ant Group's Green Energy initiative launch Alipay mini program to encourage more consumers to recycled used shoes; shoes are processed to build sustainable Nike Grind sport courts, and users are rewarded with points to support conservation projects
Business Wire (09/26)

Global insect repellent fabrics, apparel market to reach US$1.00B by 2031, after growing at 6.2% CAGR on insect migration due to climate change, insecticide resistances; North American market to grow fastest as insects migrate from southern tropical areas
Textiles Intelligence Ltd. (09/26)


Latest: Sep, 26 2022

Latest Value Prev Chg YOY Chg
BASF SE (BAS) :ETR 39.92 41.25 -3.21% -37.52%
Eastman Chemical (EMN) 71.40 72.69 -1.77% -30.14%
Fuller H B (FUL) 60.32 60.89 -0.94% -8.22%
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) 96.28 96.73 -0.47% -27.41%
Lyondellbasell Industries N.v (LYB) 72.20 73.08 -1.20% -22.45%
Ppg Industries (PPG) 111.17 112.32 -1.02% -25.18%