At the World Economic Forum in Davos, during a reception hosted by Sabic vice chairman & CEO Yousef bin Abdullah Al-Benyan, the company underlined its sustainability ambition with the announcement of its far-reaching plans to work with a network of partners to close the loop on plastics waste in 2020.
Karen was named editor of Plastics News Europe in May 2017. Based in the Netherlands, she has worked as a translator, journalist and editor in the plastics industry for the past thirty years, writing for both Dutch and English language online and print publications. Between 2001 and 2007, she served as chief editor of Kunststof en Rubber, the Dutch-language trade magazine for the plastics industry, after which, preferring to write in English, she moved to PlasticsToday, where she was the European and sustainability editor until 2016.
Specialty chemical company Clariant has completed the sale of its health care packaging business to Arsenal Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm investing in specialty industrials and healthcare companies. The company will be rebranded as Airnov Healthcare Packaging.
The drive for more sustainability is sweeping across the industry. From resource and energy efficiency to renewably sourced polymers, solutions are being developed to address concerns about the impact of the plastics industry on the environment.
Hoogstraten, Belgium-based airline cutlery producer deSter Corp. is experimenting with PHA for disposable foodservice and tableware products. Yet officials still have no idea whether PHAs will ultimately be considered to be a polymer or a plastic.
Asahi Kasei Corp. Honorary Fellow Akira Yoshino has been chosen for the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry in recognition of his achievements in the research and development of the lithium-ion battery. He will share the prize, worth around 1.16 million euros ($1.27 million), equally with John B. Goodenough of the University of Texas at Austin and M. Stanley Whittingham of Binghamton University.