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Polyolefins Prices Still Rising: Upward pricing for polyolefins continues due to supply/demand imbalances, but a potential flat-to-downward trajectory is seen for PVC, PET and PS. Aug 1, 2021 1418
PSU Outperforms PC in Sanitary Biotech Sight Gauge: Manufacturer of single-use systems for biotech applications opts for PSU over PC for improved heat and chemical resistance. Aug 1, 2021 553
Foam PP to Improve Sustainability and Cost: Cost-effective use of PP is a major consideration, but the biggest driver of PP foaming is pursuit of sustainability. Jul 1, 2021 2350
ERNST HOMBACH GMBH & CO. KG--UEHLFELD, GERMANY: Vacuum Technology Helps Thermoformer Save Energy & Maintenance During Bonding: With Busch's mobile claw vacuum pump, thermoformer Ernst Hombach found bonding parts extremely flexible, effective, and efficient. Jul 1, 2021 575
Commodity Resin Prices Keep on Climbing. Jun 1, 2021 1314
Thermoplastic Composite Sings in Next-Generation Loudspeaker Cones: Compression molder Dr. Kurt Muller replaced a thermoset composite structure with a carbon-fiber reinforced SAN sheet. Jun 1, 2021 403
Commodity Resin Prices Rise, But PP Falls: Supply constraints continue to be a key factor in further resin price increases. May 1, 2021 1444
New PC Helps Molder Cut Costs for Automotive Lighting Bezels: Use of SABIC's super high-now PC allowed a Brazilian molder to lower development costs and produce a thinner automotive front lighting bezel. May 1, 2021 566
Volume Resin Prices Keep Rising: Constrained supplies, higher feedstock costs and continued strong demand fuel ongoing price hikes. Feb 1, 2021 1404
Antiviral Additive Reportedly Kills Coronavirus on Plastics in Auto Interiors: In response to COVID-19, automotive Tier 1 molder and compounder CpK has developed an antiviral additive for auto interiors and other applications. Jan 1, 2021 790
Prices Up for Major Volume Resins: Blame global plant outages, leading to tighter feedstock and resin supplies and higher feedstock costs. Add in some 'catch-up' resin demand. Jan 1, 2021 1512
Real-Time NIR Testing Can Slash QC Costs Up to 90%: Using the right near-infrared (NIR) measurement devices for the job is key--whether for moisture, composition analysis, or full-spectrum testing. Dec 1, 2020 1722
Commodity Resin Prices End the Year Mixed: Overall, processors will have more leverage in 2021 contract negotiations. Dec 1, 2020 1369
PROTOLABS--MAPLE PLAIN, MINN.: Custom Molder Enhances Disinfection Equipment With Novel Nozzle Design: Responding to the coronavirus pandemic, Protolabs' innovative nozzle protector successfully augments Foam-iT's flagship fog-mist disinfectant units. Dec 1, 2020 536
Rising Prices for PE, PVC; Others Flat to Down: A reversal of the rising price curve for PP, PS, PET. Nov 1, 2020 1390
Prices Up for Nearly All Major Volume Resins--For Now. Oct 1, 2020 1610
Performance Polypropylene: New Grades Tackle 'Engineering' Applications & Sustainability: New versions of this ultra-versatile material compete with more expensive 'engineering' resins and enhance sustainability in applications from automotive and E&E to packaging, consumer goods and building construction. Sep 1, 2020 2432
Prices Up for All Commodity Resins: Factors include strong domestic and/or export demand, tighter supplier inventories, and higher feedstock costs resulting from production outages. Sep 1, 2020 1366
Commodity Resin Prices Rebound: Resurgence in exports, stronger domestic demand, higher feedstock costs push prices back up for PE, PP, PS, PVC--but not PET. Aug 1, 2020 1293
BOPE Takes Aim at BOPP & BOPET Films: Nova's new biaxially oriented HDPE is an easily recyclable monomaterial contender with multilayer BOPP or monolayer BOPET films. Jul 1, 2020 913
Prices of Volume Resins Bottom Out: Increased exports, higher prices for feedstocks, and a slow ramp-up of production of industrial and durable goods are projected to stabilize resin prices and put upward pressure on PE and possibly PVC. Jul 1, 2020 1696
Commodity Resin Prices Plunge in Second Quarter: Weak demand for industrial and durable goods, along with globally lower feedstock prices outweigh strong demand for packaging, medical products. Jun 1, 2020 1619
Price of PP First to Plunge; PE, PS, PVC, PET Are Next Coronavirus fallout: Slowing demand, higher resin inventories, low global material prices, plus labor and transportation challenges. May 1, 2020 1292
Single-Dose Purge Compound Yields Big Savings for Molder: Blackhawk Molding switched to premeasured packets of a new purge compound for 63% overall cost savings. May 1, 2020 470
Award-Winning Package Boosts Lindar's Thermoforming Credentials: Custom thermoformer Lindar has experienced years of steady growth, with numerous technical advances to its credit, as it continues to expand its capabilities in packaging and industrial markets. Apr 1, 2020 1191
Prices of Volume Resins Flat to Down: Key drivers for the trajectory of resin prices include supply outpacing demand, lower feedstock costs, and uncertainty about coronavirus effects. Apr 1, 2020 1783
'Circular Economy Dominates News in Resins, Additives at K 2019: New product launches at the giant show shine light on sustainability. Mar 1, 2020 2801
Flat to Higher Pricing for Polyolefins, PS, PVC, PET: The trajectory for resin pricing going into the second quarter is unsettled by a virus outbreak. Mar 1, 2020 1326
PS Prices Rise While Others Sink: Parity with global prices, higher feedstock costs, and ample supplies are among the drivers. Feb 1, 2020 1325
Volume Resin Prices Flat or Down: Feedstock costs are lower, supply is outpacing demand, and overall global demand has slowed. Jan 1, 2020 1445
Materials Knowledge Pays Off at Teel Plastics: Well-equipped and well-staffed testing lab elevates competence of custom processor. Dec 1, 2019 1135
2019 Ends with Lower Prices for Commodity Resins: Global demand slowdown and oversupply end the year with a buyers' market. Dec 1, 2019 1203
Recyclable All-PE Pouches: Sustainable Opportunity for Film Extruders. Cover story Nov 1, 2019 2046
Lower or Flat Prices Ahead: Slowed demand, sufficient supplies, and lower global prices could serve to push down U.S. prices of most commodity resins. Nov 1, 2019 1208
Prices for Nearly All Volume Resins Down: Flat pricing projected in fourth quarter for volume resins. Oct 1, 2019 1652
Auto Filters Get Superior Seals With Servo Ultrasonic Welding: Automotive Tier 1 gets stronger welds and shorter cycle times in assembly of small transmission filters--results not possible with vibration welding. Oct 1, 2019 491
Resins & Additives for Sustainability in Cars, Electronics & Packaging: Material suppliers are committed to the 'Circular Economy,' as evidenced by their adoption of new technologies, product introductions and collaborations. Sep 1, 2019 2870
Flat or Softer Prices Ahead: Ample resin supplies outstripping demand are likely to keep commodity resin prices flat to lower. Sep 1, 2019 1485
Prices Down for Polyolefins & PET: A flat-to-downward pricing trajectory generally applies to all five major commodity resins going into August. Aug 1, 2019 1378
A Bright Future for Thermally Conductive Plastics: Lighter weight, lower cost, and greater impact strength, moldability and customization are rapidly driving demand for thermoplastics that help keep electronics, lighting and car engines cool. Jul 1, 2019 1986
Prices of Volume Resins Mostly Flat or Lower: PP, PVC are the exceptions, with prices on 'short-term' upward path. Jul 1, 2019 1438
Molders of Large Totes Save Material & Energy Costs with Recycled PP: Aaron Industries' 100% recycled PP compound fortified with Milliken's specialty modifier boosts MFI and retains strength. Jul 1, 2019 557
Processors Shift from Nylon 66 With Aid of Materials-Savvy Distributor: PolySource helped two OEMs--one in beverage packaging, the other in winter sports vehicles--transition from nylon 66 to polyketone compounds after parts failures. Jun 1, 2019 1323
Prices Up for PE, PP, PS: An upward pricing trajectory could be short lived. PVC and PET prices are flat or lower. Jun 1, 2019 1301
Mixed Signals on Resin Prices: Prices of PE, PVC and PET were flat in March, while PP dropped and PS moved up. May 1, 2019 1395
Is a New Crop of Processors Emerging with More Materials Know-How? Apr 1, 2019 1850
Flat or Lower Resin Prices--Except for PS, PVC: Lower prices of feedstocks, slowed demand, record-high inventories, and lower-priced imports impacted resin prices. Apr 1, 2019 1722
Several Thermoplastic 'Firsts' Among SPE Automotive Awards: With the addition of an Additive Manufacturing slot, all nine categories exemplify innovation and transferability in the use of plastics. Mar 1, 2019 1295
Commodity Resin Prices Bottom Out: Flat-to-upward pricing trajectory predicted for the five highest-volume commodity resins. Mar 1, 2019 1316
Hot Half-Dozen Applications Driving Developments in PE: Sustainability, consumer convenience, and evolving e-commerce packaging are driving new advances in polyethylene. Cover story Feb 1, 2019 2711
Prices Flat or Lower for Commodity Resins: Low feedstock prices, higher supplier inventories, and slowed demand are key drivers. Feb 1, 2019 1335
Volume Resin Prices Enter 2019 on Downward Path: Significant declines in feedstock prices, general year-end slowdown, and resin export/import issues contribute to this trend. Jan 1, 2019 1946
Nylon 66: Pricing & Supply Issues Spur Processors to Consider Alternatives: While the nylon 66 tightness may not prove long-lasting, resin suppliers, compounders, and distributors have mobilized to offer processors an array of 'replacement' materials. Cover story Dec 1, 2018 2480
Commodity Resin Prices End Year on Downward Path: Falling feedstock costs are one factor driving prices lower for PP, PS, PVC and PET; while PE remains flat. Dec 1, 2018 1481
Higher Prices for Commodity Resins, Except PP: Higher feedstock prices and strong demand drive price hikes for PE, PS, PVC and PET. Nov 1, 2018 1350
Flat to Lower Pricing for Volume Resins--Except Nylons: Improved supply/demand balance in key feedstocks and resins is steering prices flat to lower, but not for nylons. Oct 1, 2018 1874
Prices Flat for PE, PVC; Down for PS; Up for PP, PET: Contrary feedstock and demand trends lead to divergent pricing behavior. Sep 1, 2018 1373
All-PE Printed Collation Film Replaces Cardboard for Craft Beer Packs: Berry, Dow collaboration helps boost sales for beer maker while cutting costs and offering more in the way of sustainability, branding and shelf appeal. Aug 1, 2018 728
Prices Up for PP & PET; Flat for PE, PS, PVC: The upward trend for PP and PET continued, but at least PP prices likely have peaked. Aug 1, 2018 1287
Mixed Bag for Prices of Volume Resins: Prices are up for PP, PET and nylon 66; flat-to-down for most others. Jul 1, 2018 1475
Inline Inkjet Printer Keeps Pace With Speedy Wire & Cable Processor: Huber+Suhner is outfitting its six high-speed extrusion lines with new high-speed, continuous inkjet printers. Jun 1, 2018 559
Materials Innovations for Film, Molding & Automotive: Highlights of the SPE Polyolefins Conference included a 'game-changing' LLDPE family, and new stabilizers and other additives for film extrusion and all types of molding. Conference news May 1, 2018 1441
Newly Merged Molder Beefs Up EMI-RFI Shielding Operations: PSI Molded Plastics' mechanized copper-paint line can handle large parts. May 1, 2018 494
Spotlight on Performance, Economy, Sustainability: NPE will host lots of news in engineered thermoplastic compounds, customized TPEs, polyolefins for packaging, bioplastics, recycle-content compounds, purging agents, 3D printing materials, and a slew of innovative additives. Apr 1, 2018 4533
Volume Resin Prices Mostly Up: At the conclusion of the first quarter, the price trajectory was upward, except for PP and nylon 6. Apr 1, 2018 1836
Novel 'Flat' Fiberglass Enhances Injection Molded TP Composites: Higher fiber loadings, better mechanicals, reduced warpage, and better processing are claimed. Mar 1, 2018 841
Higher Prices for Commodity Resins: Only PP is facing a downward correction. Mar 1, 2018 1589
Engineering Resins Maker Focuses on 3D Printing Materials: SABIC develops arsenal of specialty products based on its engineering resins for a new range of processes. Feb 1, 2018 1242
PE, PVC Prices Down; PP, PS, PET Up: But what's going up could go down again soon. Feb 1, 2018 1264
Resin Supply/Demand & Sustainability Were Key Themes at Global Plastics Summit: Speakers at fifth annual summit deem sustainability crucial to growth in packaging while forecasting trends in key materials. Dec 1, 2017 1357
Resin Prices Up, But Not for Long: A turnaround is foreseen for PE, PP, PS, PVC, and PET, based on supply-demand balance and/or feedstock costs. Dec 1, 2017 1552
Thermoformer Chooses Clarified PP For New Food Containers: Lacerta expands beyond PET to offer one of the first clear PP packages with tamper-evident properties. Dec 1, 2017 585
Prices of All Resins Surge: Despite a faster-than-expected recovery from Hurricane Harvey, the industry still faces challenges on the way to 'getting back to normal.'. Nov 1, 2017 1443
Portable 3D Laser Scanner Slashes Molder's Inspection Time: EVCO reduced first-article inspection time from one week to as little as 4-6 hours. Nov 1, 2017 596
Hurricane Lifts Resin Prices Across the Board: Length of Hurricane Harvey's impact on feedstocks and resins is still uncertain. Oct 1, 2017 1817
LSR & TPE summit highlights trends and new materials: among them: an LSR for 3D printing and low-VOC TPEs for auto interiors. Sep 1, 2017 1391
Commodity resin prices generally flat: the exceptions are PS and PET, though they may have bottomed out last month. Sep 1, 2017 1322
Sustainable packaging conference highlights new materials, applications: among them: a compostable PLA sheet for beverage capsules. Conference notes Aug 1, 2017 792
PE flat, PP moving up; PS, PVC, PET flat-to-down: resin and monomer production disruptions halted further price decreases, but there's still downward potential. Aug 1, 2017 1259
Molder gets hermetic seal, high yield with servo welder: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories--Pullman, Wash.: SEL avoids redesign of molds by replacing pneumatic ultrasonic welder. Aug 1, 2017 659
Most resin prices down or flat; PC and nylon 66 up for now: falling feedstock prices are a key driver as we enter the third quarter. Jul 1, 2017 1576
Commodity resin prices falling: lower feedstock costs, improved supplies, lower export prices are among key factors. Jun 1, 2017 1323
Commodity resin prices dropping: a reversal of several industry factors is likely to drive prices down this quarter. May 1, 2017 1256
Prices up for all commodity resins, Including ABS, PC, Nylons 6, 66: reversal of some factors driving prices up could change the trajectory in the second or third quarter. Apr 1, 2017 1865
Higher prices for commodity thermoplastics: PP leads pricing surge. Mar 1, 2017 1359
Savvy Vietnamese firm launches all-PE laminated pouches: Thanh Phu's 'Veloflex' converting technology results in packaging with optics similar to conventional laminated structures but is readily recyclable. Jan 1, 2017 482
Resin prices mostly higher: third quarter ends with upward movement for most resin prices, even for high-volume engineering grades, except for PET. Oct 1, 2016 1764
Glass reinforcement opens new doors for PVDF fluoropolymer. Sep 1, 2016 1115
Resins, additives offering higher performance, improved sustainability: driving the wide range of new developments in engineered plastics and additives are higher performance, safety, and sustainability. Sep 1, 2016 3257
PET prices drop; others remain stable: PE, PP, PVC, PS prices stable for now, PET more volatile. Sep 1, 2016 1351
Thermoformer's hot-to-go containers enabled by advanced PP clarifier: Tray-Pak's new custom thermoformed Containers combine super clarity with high-temperature performance: Tray-Pak--Redding, PA. Sep 1, 2016 533
Health, environmental concerns give non-phthalate plasticizers a push: new and improved formulations are displacing leading plasticizer DEHP; DINP's future is also now shakier. Aug 1, 2016 2206
PP, PE prices drop while others rise: polyolefin prices 'calm' for now, while PET, PS, PVC show a bit more volatility. Aug 1, 2016 1235
Resin prices flat to lower: second quarter ends with flat to declining prices, even for high-volume engineering resins. Jul 1, 2016 1298
Random color-infused masterbatch boosts demand for molded mini discs: Zing Mini's colorful new lineup allows mini-disc golfers to have unique discs. Jul 1, 2016 592
New materials shine bright: in growing LED market. Cover story Jun 1, 2016 2615
Most prices up, PP down: prices of four of the five large-volume commodity resins are on an upward trajectory. Jun 1, 2016 1376
Biobased additive boosts PVC extruder's flooring line: Sterling Brands' use of amorphous PHA additive enhances performance of new PVC flooring products. Jun 1, 2016 540
Resin prices up, except for PP: in a reversal of recent trends, PP prices may head down while prices of the other three large-volume commodity resins head up. May 1, 2016 1130
Resin prices drop again--except for PP: first quarter saw further price erosion, even for high-volume engineering resins, but PP was the exception. Apr 1, 2016 1603

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