Go to Video Section

LyondellBasell looks to add 1.2B pounds of new PE capacity

AKRON, OHIO — Still more potential new polyethylene capacity for North America is featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week, we report on PlastiComp LLC's addition of a new compounding line, as well as news that Toray Industries Inc. is developing a PBT resin with some bio-based content.

Published: April 29, 2013 1:32 pm ET
Updated: April 29, 2013 1:48 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — Still more potential new polyethylene capacity for North America is featured in this week's Material Insights video.

LyondellBasell Industries may be adding as much as 1.2 billion pounds of new PE capacity in the form of a new plant and a debottlenecking, officials said at a recent company event. Feedstock advantages supplied by new natural gas are prompting the move. There are at least eight firms now planning to add PE capacity in the region.

PlastiComp LLC's addition of a new compounding line also is featured in this week's video. The Winona, Minn.-based firm needs the 5 million pound-capacity line to handle new business in medical, energy and sporting goods markets, officials said.

The video wraps up with news that Toray Industries Inc. is working with Genomatica to develop a PBT resin with some bio-based content. The material equaled oil-based PBT in bench-scale testing.

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

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

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

More Events