August 2020 Vol. 3

MNA – The Latest Updates, News and Alerts on Polymer Masterbatches and Polymer Additives
Stay in Touch with the Polymer Additives Industry While Social Distancing 


NEWSMAKERS: * Ampacet * BASF * Borealis * Clariant * ExcelPlas * Irganox * Marlex * SABIC * US Army

BREAKING NEWS

BASF to Expand Production Capacity for Irganox 1010 Globally (Breaking News)
https://www.foodbusinessafrica.com/basf-to-expand-production-capacity-for-irganox-1010-globally/

U.S. Army Commits up to $11 Million for Polymer Research
https://www.miragenews.com/us-army-commits-up-to-11-million-for-polymer-research/

NEW ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidant Packaging Films Based on Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Copolymer (EVOH) and Caffeic Acid
https://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/25/17/3953/pdf

SABIC Patent Use of New Antioxidant Cholestanyl Ferulate in HDPE Pipe
http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20200002517.pdf

Marlex Bimodal Corrugated Pipe Resin has > 100 mins Oxidative Induction Time (OIT)
https://www.cpchem.com/sites/default/files/2020-07/Marlex-20TRB-490-20Polyethylene.pdf

Active Biodegradable Packaging Films Modified with Grape Seeds Lignin
https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlepdf/2020/ra/d0ra04074f

Comprehensive Analysis of Polymer Additives by ExcelPlas Labs
ExcelPlas Labs has been providing expert polymer analysis services since 1990s. We have successfully quantitated and previously analyzed many of the commercially available polymer additives and fillers. Our extensive polymer additive library and established methodology allow us to easily recognize many current and former polymer additives. Quantitation down to the low parts per million for most additives is routine.
https://www.excelplas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Excelplas-A4-Brochure-4pp-Capability-NTs.pdf

PLASTICS IN THE ENVIRONMENT

Rapid Production of Micro- and Nanoplastics by Fragmentation of Expanded Polystyrene Exposed to Sunlight
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.0c02288

Major Companies and Retailers Join BASF’s reciChain™ pilot to Improve Circular Economy and Traceability of Recycled Plastics in Canada
https://www.basf.com/ca/en/media/News-Releases/2020/07/basf-responds-to-covid-19-with-additional-cleaning-and-disinfect1/-major-companies-and-retailers-join-basf-s-recichain-pilot-to-im.html

BASF’s reciChain™ Project Starting to Gain Traction in Canada
https://www.sustainableplastics.com/news/basfs-recichain-project-starting-gain-traction-canada

Review of Commercial Marine-Degradable Polymers for Flexible Packaging
https://www.cell.com/iscience/pdf/S2589-0042(20)30540-X.pdf

The Influence of the Accelerated Aging Conditions on the Properties of Polyolefin Geogrids Used for Landfill Slope Reinforcement
https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/9/1874/pdf

MARKET PROFIT RESULTS

Borealis Reports 80% Profit Slide and Major Projects Suffer Delays
http://www.mrcplast.com/news-news_open-374672.html-MOSCOW-20(MRC)-20-2D-2D-20Borealis-20(,the-20COVID-2D19-20pandemic-2C-20reported

SABIC Reports 29% Profit Slump for 2020 Second-Quarter Sales Compared to 2019
https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/saudi-chemical-maker-sabic-expects-recovery-following-loss-1.1476304-text-Sabic-20generated-20second-2Dquarter-20sales,billion-20riyals-20a-20year-20earlier

Sabic Q2 Revenue Drops 29% to $6.57bn
http://www.tradearabia.com/news/IND_371350.html

Exxon Reported $1 Billion Loss for Q2 2020
https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/petrochemicals/073120-exxonmobil-chemical-earnings-more-than-doubled-on-year-in-q2

LyondellBasell Reports Second Quarter 2020 Earnings
https://www.lyondellbasell.com/en/news-events/corporate–financial-news/lyondellbasell-reports-second-quarter-2020-earnings/

BASF Profit Warning Ripples Through Economy
https://www.industryweek.com/leadership/article/22027886/basf-profit-warning-ripples-through-economy

Segment Reporting – BASF Half-Year Financial Report 2020 
https://report.basf.com/2020/q2/en/notes/segment-reporting.html

NEW POLYMERS

The Effects of Rubber Nanoparticles with Different Polarities on Thermal Properties and Foaming Performance of Polypropylene Blends
https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2020/ra/d0ra04486e

MORE POLYMER NEWS BY SEGMENT:

Latest News on Polymer Masterbatches
http://www.masterbatchnews.com.au/

Latest News on Polymer Pipes
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/

Latest News on Polymer Cables
https://www.cablenewsaustralia.com.au/

Latest News on Protective Coatings
https://www.coatingsnews.com/

Latest News on Geosynthetics
https://www.geosyntheticnews.com.au/

Latest News on Combustible Polymer Cladding
https://www.claddingtest.com/news/


This Newsletter is brought to you by Excelplas Labs, Australia’s Largest group of Polymer Testing Labs.
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Masterbatch News Australia (MNA) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Plastics Additives, Polymer Compounding and Masterbatches;

MNA is now sent to over 3500 Plastics Industry Members every month.


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August 2020 Vol. 2

MNA – The Latest Updates, News and Alerts on Polymer Masterbatches and Polymer Additives
Stay in Touch with the Polymer Additives Industry While Social Distancing 


NEWSMAKERS:  * Ampacet * Avient * Biomaster * Clariant * COVID-19 * ExcelPlas * PolyOne  * UV Testing 

Avient (the New PolyOne): Announces Second Quarter 2020 Results (Breaking News)
PolyOne has rebranded to ‘Avient’ following the acquisition of the colour masterbatch businesses of Clariant 
https://www.marketscreener.com/quote/stock/AVIENT-CORPORATION-14081/news/Avient-Announces-Second-Quarter-2020-Results-30968769/

Recovery Underway for Resin Distribution in 2020 (Breaking News)
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/XeX53RWaGcjPcED#pdfviewer

Clariant Makes Dark Colours NIR Detectable
https://plasticsinpackaging.com/online/clariant-makes-dark-colours-nir-detectable/

Polymer Company Avient Appoints New Chief Financial Officer (Breaking News)
https://www.bizjournals.com/cleveland/news/2020/08/24/polymer-company-avient-appoints-new-chief-financia.html

Development of Bamboo Charcoal Masterbatch for Polymer Composites
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pc.25776

Ampacet Extends Availability of GermsClean™ Antimicrobial Additive Masterbatch Due to COVID Demand (Breaking News)
https://www.ampacet.com/ampacet-extends-availability-of-germscleantm-antimicrobial-additive-for-effective-protection-of-plastic-products/

Silver-Based Antimicrobial Masterbatches for Polymers in High Demand with COVID (Breaking News)
http://www.biomasterusa.com/applications/plastics

Rapid and Accurate Determination of  Antioxidant and UV Stabilisers in Polymers (Full Additive Screen by ExcelPlas Labs)
https://www.excelplas.com/

Discrimination of Virgin and Recycled Polyethylene Based on Volatile Organic Compounds Using a Headspace GC-MS Coupled with Chemometrics Approach
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2214289420305718

Occurrence, Toxicity and Risk Assessment of Plastic Additives in Besos River, Spain  (New Research)
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0045653520322177

Transfer of Toxic Additives from Plastics to Sea Birds (New Research)
https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Research-Institutes/marine-research/show-marine/Transfer-of-toxic-additives-from-plastic-to-fulmars.htm

Apply Risk Management Principles to Improve Extrusion Operations
https://www.plasticstoday.com/extrusion-pipe-profile/apply-risk-management-principles-improve-extrusion-operations

Accelerated Weathering of Polymers and Determining The Resistance of Polymers to UV
https://www.uvtesting.com.au/

More Masterbatch News
http://www.masterbatchnews.com.au/


This Newsletter is brought to you by Excelplas Labs, Australia’s Largest group of Polymer Testing Labs.
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Masterbatch News Australia (MNA) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Plastics Additives, Polymer Compounding and Masterbatches;

MNA is now sent to over 3500 Plastics Industry Members every month.


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August 2020 Vol. 1

MNA – The Latest Updates, News and Alerts on Polymer Masterbatches and Polymer Additives
Stay in Touch with the Polymer Additives Industry While Social Distancing 


NEWSMAKERS:  * Ampacet * BASF * Clariant * ExcelPlas * PACT * PolyOne  * Tosaf 

LyondellBasell Reports Second Quarter 2020 Earnings
https://www.lyondellbasell.com/en/news-events/corporate–financial-news/lyondellbasell-reports-second-quarter-2020-earnings/

Pact Plugs into Plan for $30m Plastic Recycling Plant in Albury
https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/pact-plugs-into-30m-plastic-recycling-plant-in-albury-20200219-p5429j.html

New $45 million Albury/Wodonga Recycling Plant to Build a Domestic Circular Economy and Boost Regional Jobs
https://www.cleanaway.com.au/sustainable-future/cleanaway-pact-asahi-announce-new-plant/

EU leaders Agree €0.80/kg Plastic Waste Levy
https://www.argusmedia.com/en/news/2125001-eu-leaders-agree-080kg-plastic-waste-levy

BASF Enhances R&D Capabilities with the Acquisition of Polyamide Business from Solvay
https://www.basf.com/au/en/media/news-releases/asia-pacific/2020/08/basf-enhances-rd-capabilities-with-the-acquisition-of-polyamide-business-from-solvay.html

Major Companies and Retailers Join BASF’s reciChain Pilot to Improve Circular Economy and Traceability of Recycled Plastics 
https://www.basf.com/ca/en/media/News-Releases/2020/07/basf-responds-to-covid-19-with-additional-cleaning-and-disinfect1/-major-companies-and-retailers-join-basf-s-recichain-pilot-to-im.html

BASF’s Canadian Plastics Waste Blockchain Project Gains Momentum
https://www.icis.com/explore/resources/news/2020/08/05/10537931/basf-s-canadian-plastics-waste-blockchain-project-gains-momentum

Segment Reporting – BASF Half-Year Financial Report 2020 
https://report.basf.com/2020/q2/en/notes/segment-reporting.html

BASF Profit Warning Ripples Through Economy
https://www.industryweek.com/leadership/article/22027886/basf-profit-warning-ripples-through-economy

Apply Risk Management Principles to Improve Extrusion Operations
https://www.plasticstoday.com/extrusion-pipe-profile/apply-risk-management-principles-improve-extrusion-operations

Ampacet Lauches Silo Bliss™ Materbatches
https://www.ampacet.com/ampacet-launches-silky-bliss-masterbatch-provides-recyclability-elegant-look-to-rigid-pet-rpet/

More Polymer News at These Following Web Portals:

Latest News on Polymer Masterbatches
http://www.masterbatchnews.com.au/

Latest News on Polymer Pipes
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/

Latest News on Polymer Cables
https://www.cablenewsaustralia.com.au/

Latest News on Protective Coatings
https://www.coatingsnews.com/

Latest News on Geosynthetics
https://www.geosyntheticnews.com.au/

Latest News on Combustible Polymer Cladding
https://www.claddingtest.com/news/


This Newsletter is brought to you by Excelplas Labs, Australia’s Largest group of Polymer Testing Labs.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Masterbatch News Australia (MNA) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Plastics Additives, Polymer Compounding and Masterbatches;

MNA is now sent to over 3500 Plastics Industry Members every month.


Any news requests should be sent to john@excelplas.com
To subscribe, visit http://www.masterbatchnews.com.au/subscribe/