January: The plastics industry breathes a sigh of relief as the world rings in the new year without catastrophic global computer failure. Many processors had prepared for the worst by upgrading software or buying new computers, and some ordered extra raw material, just in case.
January: Nearly 85 percent of respondents to a Plastics News poll of processors say they have a favorable or very favorable outlook for the economy in 2000.
January: Founding Plastics News publisher Lowell Chrisman, 71, dies after a battle with cancer.
January: Five independent film processors combine to form Plassein Packaging Corp.
February: Donald Duncan is named president of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
February: Shell Chemical Co. sells its polyester operations to Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi.
March: Automotive supplier Key Plastics LLC files for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Key later becomes the prize in a bidding war between Carlyle Group and JJM LLC. Carlyle wins, finalizing the deal in 2001.
March: British equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co. Ltd. pays $317.5 million to buy 90 percent of injection molder Trend Technologies Inc.
March: The second explosion in 10 months at the Phillips Petroleum Co. K-resin styrene butadiene plant in Pasadena, Texas, kills one person and injures 69.
April: Chase Capital Partners and a management team agree to buy Huntsman Packaging Corp. in a $1.07 billion deal.
April: Five of the world's largest resin firms announce plans to form Omnexus, a central online hub for injection molders to buy materials, tools and machinery. The partners are BASF Corp., Bayer AG, Dow Chemical Co., Du-Pont Co. and Ticona/Celanese AG.
April: In a German triple play, the world's biggest machinery maker, Mannesmann Plastics Machinery AG, is bought by Siemens AG and Robert Bosch GmbH for $9 billion.
May: Geon Co. and M.A. Hanna Co. agree to merge into PolyOne Corp., creating North America's largest compounding venture, with annual sales of $3.5 billion.
May: Cambridge Industries Inc. files for Chapter 11 protection May 10 — the same day it announces it will sell its assets to Meridian Automotive Systems Inc. for $363.1 million.
May: SIG Group buys blow molding machine maker Krupp Kunststofftechnik GmbH.
June: NPE 2000 in Chicago attracts a record-shattering 90,142 people.
June: Phillips Petroleum Co. and Chevron Corp. win approval to merge their chemicals and plastics units, forming Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
July: Bemis Co. Inc. buys Viskase Cos. Inc.'s shrink film business for $245 million.
October: General Electric Co. announces plans to merge with Honeywell International Inc. The European Commission later rejects the $42 billion deal.
October: Owens Corning files for Chapter 11 protection because of asbestos-related payouts expected to exceed $5 billion.
October: Huntsman Packaging Corp. changes its name to Pliant Corp.
October: Thyssen Krupp AG sells Krupp Werner & Pfleiderer GmbH to Georg Fischer AG.
October: Faurecia buys Sommer Allibert SA for $1.2 billion.
November: Mannesmann's ownership saga takes another turn as new parent Siemens reveals plans to sell the business just months after indicating it would keep it for at least three years.
November: California officials agree to allow chlorinated PVC pipe in residential plumbing, ending two decades of lawsuits and political wrangling between the pipe-making industry and pipe-fitters unions.