February 2016 Vol. 1

Schulman Monday reported fiscal first-quarter net income down 61% year-on-year
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/plastic_additives/Schulman-falls-short-of-estimates-on-lower-volumes-charges_76323.html

Oops! –  Forgetting the Flame Retardant Puts Big-name Australian Building Companies in Non-compliance Row
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/property/bigname-builders-in-noncompliance-row/news-story/4466b2979c9a368adb35bf17d99a57fd

Investigation of Combustibility Breach of Non Flame Retardant Polyethylene Foam
https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/portal/news/investigation-combustibility-breach

PolyOne buys Masterbatch Concentrates Business from BASF
http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20151209/NEWS/151209788/polyone-buys-concentrates-business-from-basf

PolyOne buys up Kraton’s TPE operation for $72m
http://www.prw.com/article/20160204/PRW/160209900/polyone-snaps-up-kratons-tpe-operation-for-72m

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Buyers Seeking Sellers of Plastic Compounding and Masterbatch Companies
http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20160120/NEWS/160129975/buyers-seeking-sellers-of-materials-firms

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Clariant opens blending and storage facility in Western Australia
http://www.austrade.gov.au/international/invest/investor-updates/2016/speciality-chemicals-conglomerate-opens-blending-and-storage-facility-in-western-australia

Break-through in Additives for Laser Marking of Plastics
http://www.industrial-lasers.com/articles/print/volume-31/issue-1/features/fiber-laser-enables-marking-of-advanced-plastics.html

Massive Additives and Masterbatch Database Now Accessible Through SPE Membership
http://www.canplastics.com/materials/spe-partners-with-specialchem-to-bring-material-database-to-membership/1003437133/

Risk of Polyethylene Cladding Fires in Skyscrapers Grows Due to Missing Flame Retardant Additives
https://sourceable.net/risk-of-cladding-fire-in-skyscrapers-grows/

Free Webinar: Characterization of Wood-Plastic Composites and WPC Additives
https://www.netzsch-thermal-analysis.com/fr/evenements-seminaires/webinars/webinar-thermal-analysis-methods-perfect-for-the-characterization-of-wood-plastic-composites/

Sabic Introduces New Compounds for 3D Printing
http://www.themoldingblog.com/2015/03/23/sabic-surprises-at-npe-with-focus-on-additive-manufacturing/comment-page-1/#comment-59168

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