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June 24, 2022

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Henkel inaugurates €33.2M hotmelt adhesives factory in Guadalupe, Mexico; facility produces pressure-sensitive and non-pressure-sensitive adhesives used in consumer goods and packaging, labeling, bookbinding and more
CE NAFTA 2.0 Newswire (06/23)

Azelis enters agreement to acquire majority shares of ROCSA Colombia, a specialty chemicals distributor to South America; ROCSA serves markets including food and nutrition, personal care, home care, industrial cleaning, coatings, adhesives and more
Azelis Holding S.A. (06/22)


Brands across the world increased demand for PCR plastics by a combined 384 million lb. since the launch of APR's Recycling Demand Champions Program; in 2021, brands increased their PRC plastic usage by 138.7 million lb.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) (06/23)

SABIC introduces NORYL NHP8000VT3 resin, suitable for insulation film used in electric vehicle battery modules; polyphenylene ether-based resin meets demands of high-voltage applications, company says
Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) (06/23)


Gensource Potash and investor partner HELM to double potash production capacity of the Tugaske Project near Tugaske, Saskatchewan, to 500,000 tonnes/year; companies note increased global demand due to changes in agriculture, fertilizer markets
Business Wire (06/22)


Toyo-Morton, a member of the Toyo Ink Group, expands laminating adhesives portfolio with food-safe products; lineup includes solvent-based Tomoflex and solvent-free Ecoad adhesives suitable for flexible packaging
Print Week (06/22)

Agricultural Chemicals

EU to propose legally binding targets to cut use of pesticides in half by 2030; European Commission plan focuses on organic products and other alternatives
Bangkok Post (06/23)

Novozymes and Certis Biologicals to jointly develop technologies as solutions for control of fungal disease; companies aim to offer new solutions to row crop growers
Business Wire (06/23)

Specialty Chemicals

Clariant to reorganize operating structure into three global business units rather than five in alignment with portfolio change to become a specialty chemicals company; company has also revealed its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion roadmap
Clariant AG (06/22)


Polyethylene (PE)

Sirane adds spouted pouches to its RePEat range of PE monomaterial recyclables; pouches come in different sizes and with different spout types, can be filled through the spout or top-filled, and with the spouts placed in either the corners or center
Sirane Ltd. (06/23)

Hanwha TotalEnergies Petrochemical's synthetic resins and petrochemical feedstock products receive ISCC PLUS certifications, recognizing traceability of raw materials; products include ethylene vinyl acetate, LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE, PP, butadiene and styrene
ENP Newswire (06/21)

Polypropylene (PP)

Toppan’s GL Barrier monomaterial PP film receives top level ratings from European recyclability assessment bodies Interseroh+ and Institute Cyclos-HTP; ratings are based on a prototype high barrier laminated tube and a flexible pouch
Toppan Inc. (06/23)

SABIC announces new range of SABIC PP compounds and STAMAX PP resins based on bio-renewable and advanced recycled feedstock; production of the products from facility in Genk, Belgium, has received ISCC certification
Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) (06/23)

Polyesters/Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Namibia Polymer Recyclers to establish recycling facility that will turn used PET flakes into beverage bottles; companies also commit to increase number of women, young people employed in plastic waste recycling, PET collection
Krishijagran.com (06/23)

Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives presents RI-MOVE PET, RI-MOVE Glass, an environmentally friendly adhesive that makes it possible to create paper and film-based labels that come off containers without leaving a trace for easy recycling of PET or glass re-use
Packaging Europe (06/23)


Design4Circularity--a collaboration between Clariant, Siegwerk, Borealis, Beiersdorf--achieves first circular cosmetics packaging concept; the fully recyclable innovation centers on a colorless PO bottle with 100% PCR content and a deinkable shrink sleeve
www.pressreleasefinder.com/ (06/22)

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

GlobalData: Asia likely to lead global polyvinyl chloride capacity additions with capacity of 6.35 million tonnes/year by 2026; Asia has 18 new-build and expansion projects in place, with China expected to lead in capacity additions, followed by India
GlobalData Plc (06/22)

Polycarbonate (PC)

Covestro to showcase sustainable plastics solutions at K 2022 event in Düsseldorf, Germany, Oct. 19-26; highlights include raw materials for PC and PU that are based on renewable materials such as new biomass, bio waste and residual materials
Covestro LLC (06/21)

Polyurethane (PU)

Covestro enters agreement to supply climate-neutral MDI to Pearl Polyurethane Systems, a PU systems house operating in Middle East and Africa; Covestro's MDI incorporates alternative raw materials based on plant waste
Covestro LLC (06/23)

Owens Corning enters agreement to acquire Illinois-based Natural Polymers, a manufacturer of spray PU foam insulation for building and construction applications; many of Natural Polymers' products are certified to help reduce risk of chemical exposure
Business Wire (06/22)


Yoplait becomes the newest member of a European joint industry initiative called Styrenics Circular Solutions, which aims to shift styrenic polymers toward a circular economy
DairyProcessing.com (06/23)

Evonik introduces POLYVEST eCO, a new range of sustainable liquid polybutadienes based on sustainably produced butadiene; product line reduces use of raw materials by up to 99.9%, company says
Evonik Industries AG (06/23)

Polyamide (PA)/Nylon

Lanxess introduces new variation to its Tepex brand of composites; latest products include composites made with recycled or biobased raw materials
Lanxess AG (06/21)

Thermoplastics Elastomer (TPE)

Avient introduces two new grades to its reSound REC thermoplastic elastomer portfolio, formulated with polyvinyl butyral from recycled automotive glass; company also introduces two new Edgetek PKE polyketone grades with flame retardants
Avient Corp. (06/22)


Covestro, Neste and SK geo centric to collaborate on production of PU raw material based on renewable sources; SK geo centric will source Neste's ISCC certified feedstock to produce benzene, which it will supply to Covestro as feedstock for MDI production
Covestro LLC (06/21)

Polymer Additives

Lanxess to exhibit plastic and rubber processing additives, high-quality solutions and sustainable system solutions for PU industry at K 2022 trade show in Duesseldorf, Germany; on display will also be colorants and intermediates for polymer sector
Lanxess AG (06/21)

Lanxess to showcase sustainable products for PU applications at K 2022 in Duesseldorf, Germany; products include Adiprene LF, a range of prepolymers suitable for hot melt adhesives in automotive, construction and other industries
Lanxess AG (06/21)



Techtextil presents Innovation Awards for textiles, fibers, coatings, machinery; winners include OrganoClick's compostable binder for nonwovens, France-based RBX Creations' novel cellulose fiber made from hemp waste, Verabuccia's plant-based faux leather
Techtextil (06/22)

Researchers at Harvard and Rutgers University develop plant-based spray coating for fresh food applications, incorporating biopolymer-based fibers that protect against spoilage; coating could offer alternative to plastic shrink wrap
Techspot (06/21)

 End markets


Constantia Flexibles, Plasthill Technical Films partnering to bring Constantia's CompresSeal technology to market in Europe; the film has higher seal integrity than standard PE films, weighs up to 30% less, will be in selected markets from August onwards
Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH (06/22)

Netherlands-based National Test Centre Circular Plastics tests Mondi’s monomaterial PP pouches, reel material in the recycling process; tests prove effective sorting, validate the packaging can contribute to European plastics strategy recycling targets
Mondi Group (06/22)

Specialty Films

K-C's RightCycle recycling program for lab, industrial PPE waste--in partnership with Virginia's Somerset Recycling--now accepts Kimtech, KleenGuard flex-film plastic packaging; Somerset recovered 3 million lbs. of recyclables through program since 2016
PR Newswire (06/22)


Ecoveritas warns UK businesses to be prepared to submit their Plastic Packaging Tax return before July 29 deadline; businesses that make or import plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled plastic content will be charged at a rate of £200/tonne
Packaging News (06/23)

Rhode Island House rejects advanced recycling bill, as opponents argued pyrolysis facilities would 'skirt' environmental regulations, unfairly impact low-income communities; American Chemistry Council says bill would have created jobs, cleaner environment
The Boston Globe (06/23)

Plastic Packaging

Alpla Group opens STUDIOa product development space for plastic packaging at its headquarters in Hard, Austria; the design center includes 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, real-time cost control and optimum technical service
Alpla Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG (06/23)

Flexible packaging producer Admiral Packaging introduces life cycle analysis studies as part of its GreenVantage initiative; studies are tailored to each brand owner’s specific requirements
Admiral Packaging Inc. (06/23)

Cosmetic & Personal Care Ingredients

Good Glamm's POPxo digital platform launches POPxo Suncare range with six products formulated with titanium, Venuceane, Kakadu Plum, Zinc Oxide and at least SPF 30 PA; brand creates #EkDoTeenApplyPOPxoSunscreen campaign to promote the launch in India
Adgully (06/23)

Endexx receives clearance to launch its hemp-derived, plant-based men's skin-care and grooming products on Amazon; line has no cannabidiol or THC in its formulation
GlobeNewswire (06/23)

Food & Beverage Ingredients/Additives

Tetra Pak and Mycorena to build greenfield production facility in Falkenberg, Sweden, for fungi fermentation towards alternative protein-based food applications; first phase will include mince-based products as ingredients for alternative meat products
Tetra Pak International SA (06/22)

Household Product Ingredients

LANXESS enters agreement to acquire IFF's microbial control business; segment includes active ingredients, formulations for material protection, preservatives and disinfectants used in personal care, household products, industrial water treatment and more
ENP Newswire (06/21)

Fertilizers & Plant Nutrients

US government invites nations to request assistance in the event that Russia refuses to export its food and fertilizers; these inputs are not subject to the sanctions imposed on Russia by the US in the wake of the invasion in Ukraine
CE NAFTA 2.0 Newswire (06/23)

North Carolina State University-led STEPS center launches initiative to advance phosphorus sustainability, a vital component of crop fertilizers; STEPS to help reduce human dependence on mined phosphates by 25%, reduce source losses in soil, water by 25%
North Carolina State University (NCSU) (06/22)

Flavors, Fragrances & Scents

L'Occitane's R&D lead for fragrance and natural ingredients will speak at 2022 World Perfumery Congress in Florida, June 29-July 1; R&D project seeks to explore 'forgotten' perfumery plants, evaluate their reintroduction as natural raw materials
Canada Newswire (06/23)

Montale launches Fantastic Basilic, a new fragrance with notes of basil leaves, kumquat, pear, Frangipani flower and tuberose; scent offered as 50 ml and 100 ml eau de parfum
Perfume Master (06/23)

Pigments & Dyes

Scientists develop electrospun nonwoven fabrics for cleaning up spilled petroleum, organic dyes safely, efficiently; PS, PVP nanofibers with high specific surface areas are made via phase separation, patterning can be used for other diverse applications
ACS Omega (06/21)

Lanxess to highlight sustainable colorants for engineering plastics at K 2022 trade event in Düsseldorf, Germany, Oct. 19-26
Lanxess AG (06/21)

Silicon & Silicone

Cleveland-based silicone manufacturer Novagard introduces 800-755 UV-cure gel, a new UV-curable silicone gel; product is applicable for end uses in automobiles, aerospace, industrial and more, company says
Internet Business News (06/22)

Wacker to showcase silicones and silicone-based applications at K 2022 International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber in Düsseldorf, Germany; products include resource-efficient silicone rubber compounds based on biomethanol
Wacker Chemie AG (06/21)

Carbon Fibers

Tandem Forest Value program awards total of €3M to four Finnish-Swedish research consortia to study forest and wood value chains; funded projects include wood construction, forest residues to bioproducts, developing forest-based carbon fibers
Targeted News Service (06/22)

Synthetic Fibers

Scientists develop flexible, lightweight, 'robust' nanogenerator for electronic devices made from polyvinylidene fluoride nanofibers electrospun into nonwoven fabrics; generator's output up to 15.5 V, or 15 times higher than pristine PVDF nanofabrics
Nanotech Daily (06/23)

Indorama Ventures, Germany's Filzfabrik Fulda and Strauss-Faser develop fully circular acoustic insulation with nonwoven polyester; insulation's fibers come from recovered industrial waste, can be recycled to achieve same or higher standard of quality
Nonwovens Industry (06/23)


Suominen launches Biolace Silva in European markets; the new wetlaid nonwoven with cloth-like look and feel is ideal for use in baby wipe products and other consumer cleaning applications, uses plant-based and plastic-free raw materials
Suominen Corp. (06/23)

Avgol, Polymateria win RIGHT Hygiene conference's Innovation Award for nonwoven biotransformation technology; fabric's polymer is degraded by microbes upon triggering by air, moisture, heat, sunlight, and leaves behind no microplastics or toxic residues
Avgol Ltd. (06/23)

Superabsorbent Polymers

Dog care product company PawPang debuts Dog Diaper Liner Booster Pad to reduce diaper replacement costs and hand-washing of diapers; pad is made of super-absorbent polymer, which transforms moisture into gel to lock it away, can be used with cloth diapers
M2 PressWIRE (06/21)


Beaulieu presents sustainable technical textiles, nonwovens at Techtextil in Frankfurt on June 21-24; company's geotextiles can reduce building projects' emissions by factor of 10, agrotextiles can eliminate herbicides, support growth, improve water, soil
Indian Textiles News (06/23)

Augsburg Institute for Textile Technology, Augsburg University open Recycling Atelier, a model factory for sustainable material cycles along entire textile value chain; goal is 'sensible production' through automation, materials analysis, product design
Institut für Textiltechnik Augsburg GmbH (ITA Augsburg) (06/22)


Latest: Jun, 23 2022

Latest Value Prev Chg YOY Chg
BASF SE (BAS) :ETR 43.56 45.87 -5.04% -33.80%
Eastman Chemical (EMN) 86.40 89.04 -2.96% -26.19%
Fuller H B (FUL) 59.24 61.44 -3.58% -9.78%
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) 116.37 115.71 0.57% -21.61%
Lyondellbasell Industries N.v (LYB) 84.50 87.53 -3.46% -18.23%
Ppg Industries (PPG) 114.36 112.74 1.44% -32.61%