Good morning and Happy Juneteenth!
Black communities in the South's 'Cancer Alley' came up at a recent U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on plastics and environmental justice. Watch more from the hearing in today's Material Insights. The video includes clips and a deeper look at the meeting, which Steve Toloken covered in this week's issue. Read his story here.
Coming up this week, Frank Esposito's monthly Polymer Points Livestream is Tuesday, June 20 at 2 p.m. EDT. Subscribers can sign up here for the program. Speaking of resin and materials, last week Plastics News issued some corrections in various recycled resin prices. You can get more details on Page 3 of this week's issue or by visiting the story here.
This week's issue has our Top 100 Injection Molders ranking for 2023. The issue includes an index and a special report on all things injection molding. Berry tops the list this year amid some scaling back and a recent injection molding purchase.
Elsewhere in this week's issue:
- Processor of the Year 2023 nominations are now open. And nominations for Women Breaking the Mold is extended until June 30, learn more and nominate here.
- Aliaxis has dropped its offer to purchase Finland's plastic pipe extruder Uponor Oyj after Georg Fischer Ltd emerged as a new bidder with an offer valued at $2.26 billion.
- Struggling injection molder Design Molded Plastics Inc. has a news name and a new owner — Big Shoulders Capital LLC — with big plans for the Macedonia, Ohio, company.
- A global plastics treaty that tries to cap virgin resin production has been both a goal for some key parties in the negotiations and a red line for plastics companies that don't want to see it.
- The Association of Plastics Recyclers are aiming for more policy changes that boost recycling habits across the globe.
- Uncertainty surrounding chemical recycling continues to hold back broad-based investments, according to one group close to the action.
Plus much more.