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The development of North American shale gas has led to a number of ethane cracker project announcement in North America. However, recent news about the construction of ethane crackers is mixed. Petrochemical Company Braskem SA, is going to re-evaluate their plans to build a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker complex in West Virginia on hold. The […]

What’s In This Month’s Roundup? Are you interested in hiring practices that don’t focus on technical skills?  Wondering what the top trends are in sustainable packaging?  Ready for the next big thing in Carbon Fiber? Want to know why plastics processors are optimistic about 2015?  This month’s roundup features these topics and more. Pricing and […]

What’s In This Month’s Roundup? Did you know the first entirely plant-based plastic milk carton is now on store shelves?  Interested in how new plastics will change the world?  Want to know which advanced industries are driving the nation’s economy?  This month’s roundup features these topics and more. As the demand for bio-based plastics gains […]

The dramatic drop in crude oil prices has resulted in significant declines in resin pricing in recent months.  What the future holds in terms of resin prices is not easily understood as the drivers are global and complex. The recent oil price decline is related to a complex set of global drivers including a slowing […]

What’s In This Month’s Roundup? Did you know 3-D printers are being used in outer space?  Interested in how a new polymer coating process found a place in the market?  Want to learn more about how shale is impacting the price of oil?  This month’s roundup features these topics and more. Commercializing a new generation […]

Due to the shale gas development in the region there is a high probability that a sizable petrochemical complex will be built.  Odebrecht-Braskem is well underway in their planning and engineering to invest in an ethane cracker along with polyethylene and polypropylene facilities on the West Virginia/Ohio border.    A regional petrochemical facility could potentially have […]

OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center, headquartered at The Ohio State University, hosted the 2014 Bioproducts World Showcase & Conference October 5-8. It was the first time an event of this type has been held and it attracted 250 attendees from around the world. And, with Ohio’s two largest industries being polymers and agriculture it was a […]

On September 18, 2014, OSHA published its final rule that revises requirements for reporting work-related fatalities and severe injuries. In addition to expanding reporting requirements, the revised OSHA rule modifies the list of employers that must routinely keep records of work-related injuries. These updates, which are outlined below, will take effect on January 1, 2015. […]

AKRON, Ohio – Big manufacturing and polymer news out of Akron, Ohio has been happening since the days when tire spokes were made of wood. Goodyear and Firestone are just a couple of the well-known companies who have sought engineers at The University of Akron for generations. The University of Akron is making news again, as […]

It’s not uncommon to see Ohio polymer companies making news. The last couple of weeks are no exception! As a nation-wide polymer industry leader, Ohio has never been a state of polymer slackers. Recently, these stories were in the forefront of polymer industry news. Ohio Polymer Companies Making News Plastic Technologies Inc. Plastic Technologies, Inc (PTI) of Holland, […]

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