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/


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