Happy Monday and happy first day of spring to those of us in North America!
This week's issue breaks open construction season with a deep dive at the housing outlook for 2023 and what to expect in 2024. Look for it later this week on PlasticsNews.com. Reporter Catherine Kavanaugh covers composite decking improvements, cladding, trim and even toilet seats. She also writes about all the plastics featured in the 2023 home presented by National Association of Home Builders.
Banks have been making global headlines in the last week, but now more than 740 financial institutions are holding assets as they seek plastics pollution-related environmental impact disclosures from thousands of companies.
Machinery maker KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH is in talks with workers' representatives in Europe over "several hundred" layoffs for the German company, although it says those job cuts will not impact its North American subsidiary.
Plastics News tapped correspondent Satnam Singh to cover the 2023 Plastindia show, which was held Feb. 1-5 in New Delhi. This issue features several of the stories from the show and what's in the future for India's plastics sector.
Elsewhere in the issue:
- The US EPA is proposing the first legally enforceable national drinking water standards for six PFA chemicals, drawing widespread praise from public health groups and concern from the chemical industry over some of the science.
- Some states are seeing more debates over chemical recycling, here are the latest.
- Frank Esposito shares his family ties to the Ohio train derailment news
- PureCycle is now planning an April startup for its PP recycling plant. Also, Formerra is teaming up with PureCycle to distribute the company's recycled resins.
Coming up this week: Don't miss Polymer Points Live, where senior reporter Frank Esposito dissects all the latest resin pricing news and factors for those prices. Tune in Tuesday, March 21 at 2 p.m. EST. Livestreams are for paid subscribers to Plastics News.