Amcor increases flexible packaging prices

(Amcor) -- Amcor said soaring raw material costs are behind its announcement to increase prices for most of its flexible packaging products.

The price rises, which came into effect on 20 September, are above those previously announced, said Amcor Flexibles Europe and Americas (AFEA).


Evonik to sell its carbon business

(prw) -- Evonik has announced it will sell its carbon blacks business as part of a strategic refocusing of the group's business.

Klaus Engel, chairman of the executive board of Evonik Industries, said: "Our declared aim is to find a solution that is equally convincing for customers, employees and business partners. The decision to divest this business provides the best basis for sustained investment in carbon blacks, new growth prospects and for securing future-oriented jobs in the long-term."

The company said its ⌠carbon black activities are no longer defined as part of Evonik Industries' core business and have already been carved out to a separate legal entity.


Eastman chemical expands plasticizers capacity

(prw) -- Eastman Chemical is expanding capacity to make 2-EH in Longview, Texas, in part to support growth in sales of non-phthalate plasticizers.

The Kingsport-based company announced September 17 that it will increase capacity by about 32,000 tonnes, and will include a 4,500 tonne debottlenecking that will bring the total capacity increase to about 37,000 tonnes.


PP sack production expanded in Uzbekistan

(prw) -- Uzbekistan fertilisers and chemicals group OJSC Navoiyazot has installed a second polypropylene sack production line at its complex in Navoi city.

Output from the new unit is intended to help satisfy the group's internal packaging use. Navoiyazot has an annual consumption of around 20 million sacks.

Five years ago, the group installed its first PP sack production line which has a capacity of 10 million bags per year.


Sabic presents new pipe-grade HDPE line

(plastemart) -- Vestolen A RELY family of tough, sustainable and cost-effective bimodal high-density polyethylene (HDPE) materials for pressure pipe applications introduced by Sabic. The SABIC Vestolen A RELY portfolio offers converters considerable energy savings and enables environmentally responsible pipe installation. Further demonstrating its commitment to sustainable technologies, the company also presented today its revolutionary new Strain Hardening method, a fast, cost-efficient and highly accurate method for evaluating the slow crack growth resistance behaviour of HDPE. This Strain Hardening method avoids the use of detergents - that can pose an environmental hazard - and avoids the use of valuable drinking water. The term ⌠RELY refers to the material's outstanding reliability, which is critical for transporting potable water, gas and other valuable liquids. It also reflects SABIC's global reputation as a strong and reliable business partner that can ensure a long-term supply of advanced material solutions. Both new materials are classified as PE100 grades, demonstrating compliance with the highest industry standards for HDPE pressure pipe.

Geert Drummen, Sabic's CEO in Eastern Europe, is going to participate in Russian Polymers Summit on October 14, 2010, organized by ICIS and MRC. For more information please refer to Summit official web page.