AKRON, OHIO (Jan. 27, 10:20 a.m. ET) — A prediction of a healthy 2012 for North American resin distributors is featured in this week's Material Insights video.
Several resin distribution executives who spoke recently with Plastics News said they anticipate higher sales volumes for their businesses in 2012. Most also said they plan to hire more sales reps as well. Distributors and resellers accounted for 15 percent of all U.S. and Canadian polyethylene sales and 17 percent of that region's polypropylene sales in the first nine months of 2011.
This week's video also features news of PolyOne adding production of Stan-Tote paste colorants at its plant in Shenzhen, China; a former Durez Plastics worker winning $2 million in damages stemming from asbestos exposure; and the opening of a pilot plant at Sabic Innovative Plastics' site in Mount Vernon, Ind. The new pilot operation will allow the firm to more rapidly produces customized runs of high-performance polymers.