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The Week in Chemistry: US PE contracts end 2021 up US$0.13-US$0.15/lb over end 2020, PP contracts up US$0.15/lb; US caustic soda supply tight in Q1 against strong demand, Asia butadiene dips to US$555/tonne CFR China amid rising production

Corbion to showcase meat and poultry preservation solutions at International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, Jan. 25-27; company will offer samples of products, some featuring antioxidant ingredients under the new Origin brand

Covestro becomes sole owner of Japan Fine Coatings, acquiring remaining 30% of joint venture shares it did not already own; acquisition supports growth in fiber optical coatings market, company says

ExxonMobil, SABIC start operations at joint Gulf Coast Growth Ventures in San Patricio County, Texas; facility includes 1.8 million-tonne/year ethane cracker, tow PP units with capacity of 1.3 million tonnes/year, MEG capacity of 1.1 million tonnes/year

Evonik announces delivery of gas separation membranes to more than 1,000 reference plants worldwide as of the end of 2021; company's SEPURAN serve continued strong demand in biogas, nitrogen, hydrogen and natural gas applications

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January 18, 2022

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Researchers use lignin up to 35 wt% to modify starch-based adhesive performance; data show lignin increases water-resistance of adhesive in paperboard, increases adhesive strength if lignin is added to slurry but decreases strength if added to carrier
ChemEngineering (01/14)

Sun Chemical to increase prices on inks, coatings, consumables and adhesives in North America, effective immediately or as contracts allow; increase driven by inflation, labor shortage, supply/demand dynamics in logistics markets
Sun Chemical Group Cooperatief UA (01/14)


Arkema to increase global capacity for Pebax elastomers by 25% with expansion of facilities in Serquigny, France; Pebax Rnew materials are derived from renewable castor seeds
Business Wire (01/17)

BASF to construct new 260,000-tonne/year hexamethylene diamine plant in Chalampé, France, with expected startup in 2024; company will also expand PA 6.6 production in Freiburg, Germany starting 2022
BASF SE (01/17)


Smurfit Kappa sees positive results from Voith's OnEfficiency.Strength advanced process control system at its paper mill in Hoya, Germany; system reduces starch consumption, leading to significant cost savings, more stable paper quality, sustainability
Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA (01/17)

Building/Construction Chemicals

Koskisen and Stora Enso partner to create Zero Furniture Board, the first entirely wood-based furniture board; Koskisen uses Stora Enso's bio-based binder NeoLigno in its Zero product family to offer sustainable alternatives for furniture manufacturers
STT Info Press Releases (01/17)

Paper & Pulp Chemicals

ChemBio Finland 2022 and Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2022 have been rescheduled from March to June 8-9, 2022; organizers cite uncertainty over continuously changing restrictions
Messukeskus (01/17)


Polyethylene (PE)

Revolution receives Letter of No Objection from FDA for its proprietary recycling method to convert flexible film into PCR-LLDPE for food contact application; process can be used at 100% content levels for all food types under nearly all Conditions of Use
PR Newswire (01/17)

UK-based Kite Packaging highlights its returnable mailing bags for ecommerce; its paper bag is made from heavy duty kraft FSC certified paper and can be recycled, its PE bag is comprised of 30% recycled content and can be recycled in areas accepting LDPE
Kite Packaging Group Ltd. (01/17)

Polyesters/Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

Sirane adds PET packaging film made from at least 30% recycled material to its TX range; the transparent film with a heat-sealable side has applications for oven-ready bags and films, foil-edged film, lidding, airline bread bags, more
Sirane Ltd. (01/17)

Remy Cointreau switches its 50cl bottles for St-Remy XO and VSOP and its 1.75-liter bottles for VSOP from PET to rPET; changes represent a 29% reduction in CO2 emissions in each expression’s production process
just-drinks (01/14)


India-based SKYi Innovations signs licensing agreement for CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory’s process for the synthesis of hyperbranched polymers, which have application as additives; the solvent-free process involves a metal-free catalyst
Hindustan Times (01/14)

Thermoplastics Elastomer (TPE)

Newport Plastics acquires California-based Con-Tech Plastics, a custom injection molder that specializes in precision thermoplastics; with acquisition, Newport’s production capacity will increase by 50% while doubling cleanroom square footage
Molding Business Services Inc. (01/14)


ABS market in the US will possibly retain its tightness through H1 as manufacturers refill inventories amid robust demand; ABS manufacturers have faced additives scarcity and facility outages amid strong demand for months: ICIS
ICIS Chemical Business (CBNB Abstracts) (01/14)


Benzene supply tightness in China anticipated to extend into 2022; integrated refiners are showing interest in developing downstream to avoid risks of merely making feedstock, while standalone downstream makers keep on expanding their units: ICIS
ICIS Chemical Business (CBNB Abstracts) (01/14)



Azelis acquires majority stake in Thailand-based Catalite, a distributor of specialty chemicals for personal care, home care, industrial and coatings markets; acquisition expands footprint in life sciences market
Business Wire (01/17)

UAE-based Cupprom introduces a permanent antimicrobial nanocoating solution, which gets activated by any light and is resistant to high and low temperatures; a surface coated with the solution will be self-disinfecting for a minimum of 12 months
Khaleej Times (01/14)

 End markets


Five universities receive US$9.8M total from US Dept. of Energy for next generation plastics technologies; projects include developing closed loop upcycling of single-use plastic films to biodegradable polymers, redesign for inherently recyclable plastics
U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) (01/17)

Graphics One to present new products at Impressions Expo, Jan. 21-23, in California, including new ink, software, printers, finishing solutions; company to highlight GO TransferMate DTF System for direct-to-film transfer printing, GO ColorMate RIP
AD International LLC (Graphics One) (01/14)


Mayor of Macon, Georgia, urges local industrial authority to refuse US$500M of bonds, reject approval for Brightmark's proposed US$680M plastics recycling plant; opponents say plant will increase GHG emissions, production of unrecyclable plastic waste
Associated Press (01/17)

Coca-Cola, Ocean Cleanup selects Can Tho River in Can Tho City, Vietnam, as one of 15 river locations worldwide to help stem tide of plastic pollution entering oceans; partnership deploying Interceptor robot that can extract up to 50,000 kg/day of trash
The Ocean Cleanup (01/17)

Plastic Packaging

Eastman investing up to US$1.00B to build world's largest molecular plastics recycling facility in France; facility to convert 160,000 tonnes/year of hard-to-recycle mixed plastics into virgin-quality materials for packaging, textile, and specialty use
Eastman Chemical Co. (01/17)

Men's custom hair-color brand Colorsmith expands into hair care, launches new product line designed to protect, moisturize, tone hair; three products--Protect Shampoo, Protect Conditioner, Anti-Yellow Shampoo--packaged in recyclable 100% PCR bottles
Beauty Packaging (01/17)

Cosmetic & Personal Care Ingredients

Australian beauty retailer Mecca selects Centric Software's Product Lifecycle Management solution to enhance, improve automation for existing processes involving compliance, traceability and to centralize ingredient, product claims certification data
PR Newswire (01/17)

Evonik to launch world-first industrial-scale facility for biodegradable biosurfactants at its site in Slovakia, scheduled for completion by end of 2023; under agreement with Unilever, Evonik will supply surfactants for dish soap, other home care products
Evonik Industries AG (01/17)

Food & Beverage Ingredients/Additives

Hershey's Lily's Sweets brand recalls 18,855 cases of 7 oz. Peppermint Flavor Baking Chips due to undeclared soy; product was a limited holiday seasonal offering available exclusively at US Walmart stores
The Hershey Co. (01/17)

Nutraceutical Ingredients & Products

Researchers test hypothesis that lung health can be affected by changes in gut microbiome in 300 adults with mild COVID symptoms; patients receiving probiotics for 30 days experience more viral load reductions in nose and throat than placebo recipients
Science and Enterprise (01/14)

Flavors, Fragrances & Scents

French niche line Etat Libre d'Orange introduces Frustration, a new fragrance with notes of cumin, cinnamon, chestnut wood accord, bourbon vetiver, rhum, vanilla, ciste, vinyl gaiacol, available as 100ml eau de parfum
Now Smell This (01/17)

Cacharel debuts Yes I Am Delicious, a new gourmand floriental flanker to 2018's Yes I Am, available in 30, 50, 75ml eau de parfum; notes include green mandarin, cardamom, cocoa, jasmine, orange blossom, milk chocolate, sandalwood, hazelnut
Now Smell This (01/17)


Herrmann Ultrasonics to expand nonwovens laboratory, upgrade the ULC 600+ ultrasonic lab calendar at its Illinois headquarters; ULC 600+ can simulate production environment, feasibility tests for areas such as medical, hygiene, filter, wipes, face masks
Nonwovens Industry (01/17)

Increased demand from emerging markets like Asia accounts for large share of global nonwoven growth, with India and China as major contributors; development in high-end areas of filtration, automotive, geotextiles and sanitation to lift nonwovens value
Textile Value Chain (01/14)


Planet Protector Packaging secures US$25,000 in seed funding; the Australia-based company designs and distributes insulated packaging made of natural waste wool
Marketline - Deals (01/17)

VDMA's Jan. 19 technology webtalk on recycling of man-made fibers for a circular textile economy attracts over 400 registrations; Oerlikon Textile will be among speakers
Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) (01/17)


Latest: Jan, 17 2022

Latest Value Prev Chg YOY Chg
BASF SE (BAS) :ETR 68.01 67.54 0.70% 0.16%
Eastman Chemical (EMN) 127.54 127.54 0.00% 21.72%
Fuller H B (FUL) 77.01 77.01 0.00% 45.25%
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) 145.79 145.79 0.00% 23.84%
Lyondellbasell Industries N.v (LYB) 102.81 102.81 0.00% 8.32%
Ppg Industries (PPG) 165.00 165.00 0.00% 11.46%