This week's issue features our 2024 thermoformers ranking and special report.
From the cover a federal bill calling for the removal of Aldyl A pipe follows a 2023 explosion at a chocolate factory that killed seven employees. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating and preliminary reports found that Aldyl A piping, the trademarked name of a polyethylene pipe product manufactured by DuPont and installed mostly in the late 1960s to early 1980s, is thought to be the root cause of the gas explosion. Senior reporter Catherine Kavanaugh has more on the bill and the piping.
In mergers and acquisitions news, packaging giant Berry Global group is spinning off its Health, Hygiene and Specialties segment as part of a $3.6 billion merger with Glatfelter Corp.
Also, an Ohio-based design engineering company has acquired an injection molding plant in Georgetown, Texas from Tasus Corp.
Other big news in the issue:
- After a quiet holiday, North American markets for polyethylene and polypropylene resins started 2024 with higher prices.
- The American Chemistry Council wants to keep the next round of global plastics treaty talks focused on waste in the environment and push back against the agreement including caps on virgin resin production, ACC leaders told reporters Feb. 7. Hear more about this news and other public policy-related topics during our Plastics in Politics Livestream, Tues., Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. Eastern.