Go to Video Section

Material Insights: April 16, 2012

Published: April 16, 2012 6:00 am ET
Updated: April 16, 2012 12:00 am ET

A potential shortage of nylon 12 resin is featured in this week's Material Insights video. The shortage is being caused by a fatal fire and explosion at a nylon 12 feedstock plant operated by Evonik Industries in Marl, Germany. The accident left two workers dead. The feedstock loss could affect not only Evonik but fellow nylon 12 makers Arkema, Ube and Ems- Grivory Four automotive suppliers - including TI Automotive - will meet April 17 to figure out how to handle the situation. Two recent acquisitions also are covered in this week's video. American plastics and chemicals firm Cytec Industries has paid $439 million in cash for Umeco, a British maker of composite materials for the aerospace and industrial markets. Also in the U.S., Bayer MaterialScience has paid an undisclosed price for the Tuffak-brand U.S. polycarbonate sheet assets of Arkema. The deal includes production equipment in Connecticut that will be moved to a Bayer site in Ohio or Massachusetts. The video wraps up with news that BASF will spend $194 million to build a plant making polyurethane and related products in Dahej, India. The plant is exected top open in 2014 and will supply local markets for appliance, auto and other end uses.

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

Our latest RESEARCH report examines trends in FLEXIBLE PACKAGING impacting the North American market including a review of economic conditions, key drivers of growth, materials pricing, M&A activity, sustainability challenges and the outlook for 2015.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events