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BASF reports first quarter sales down 29 percent

BASF, the world's largest chemical company, has reported first quarter revenues down 29%, with sales hit by low oil prices and the absence of a contribution from its gas trading and storage activities, after last year's asset swap with Gazprom.

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Worker killed at Nova Chemicals construction site

A contract worker was killed April 27 at a polyethylene construction site operated by Nova Chemicals Corp. in Joffre, Alberta.

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New York expected to pass bag fee May 5

Soon supermarkets and most shops in New York city soon may charge shoppers 5 cents for disposable bags.

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Counterfeit resin suit moving forward

U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler on March 11 denied the request from resin supplier Mass Polymers Corp. of Bridgewater, N.J. MPC was seeking judgment on a counterclaim it had made against Supreme Oil Co., a maker of vegetable oil and condiments based in Englewood, N.J.

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Solvay PEEK material to be used in genomics research

This deal is KetaSpire's first application in the genomics research industry.

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Prices up for PE, PVC, PET; down for PP

North American selling prices for polyethylene, PVC and PET resins all have risen since April 1, while regional prices for polypropylene have taken a surprising fall.

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BASF says design center can help China reduce impact of urbanization

At Chinaplas, BASF executives draw links between rapid urbanization in China and product design — specifically the role they say plastics can play in reducing the environmental impact of growing cities.

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Safety is Eastman's magic keyword in China

Eastman Chemical Co.'s Specialty Plastics business is finding that “made in USA” and “safety” are keywords for success in China.

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Milacron expands India operations

Milacron Holdings Corp. has invested between $18 million and $20 million in the third phase of its expansion in India, which is aimed both at the fast-growing market in India for plastics machinery, and at export markets.

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First quarter brings challenging issues for Bemis Co. Inc.

Bemis Co. Inc., while saying the company is pleased with its long-term strategy, was tripped up in two markets during the first quarter. And that impacted financial results.

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