Supply Chain & Logistics

High shipping costs and logistic hurdles help U.S. resin producers protect margins

Sep 14, 2021

U.S. resin producers will keep their margins relatively protected from most polymer import initiatives, said during an interview an expert in trends related to polyethylene and polypropylene.

North American petrochemicals demand seen strengthening in third quarter

Aug 24, 2021

Demand for North American petrochemicals like plastic resins continued to strengthen at the start of the third quarter, a top official from a leading petrochemical company said while discussing earnings.

Brookfield Infrastructure looks set to buy Inter Pipeline; Pembina to collect termination fee of C$350 million

Aug 10, 2021

Brookfield Infrastructure looked set to buy Inter Pipeline after it raised its offer and the revised bid satisfied Inter Pipeline’s board of directors which changed its recommendation to shareholders to this time encourage them to accept it.

U.S. contractors association warns about inflation, supply chain delays

Jul 20, 2021

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), an organization that groups 27,000 member companies, updated in mid-2021 an inflation alert originally issued in the first quarter after most key construction materials such as steel continued to soar while...

PE, PP offer into Mexico challenged by North American turnarounds, inventory buildup

Jul 5, 2021

Mexican resin demand has recovered and climbed back to pre-pandemic levels but prices have surged compared with 2020 in part because of diminished North American supplies amid turnarounds and as manufacturers build up more inventory, a Mexican market expert...

Start of downward price cycle for resins, commodities looming on the horizon

Jun 22, 2021

A downward price cycle for plastic resins and other chemical products is already looming on the horizon following gains over the past months fueled by Covid-19 recovery as well as federal incentives.

Package design innovations may displace 5% of global resin demand

Jun 22, 2021

Design changes in packaging to eliminate, replace or reuse plastic may take away demand for the equivalent of 20 trillion plastic bottles and other containers by 2040, according to a study by consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

Canadian pipeline company building polypropylene complex finds white knight in competitor

Jun 8, 2021

Canada’s Inter Pipeline said on June 3 that a decision to recommend to shareholders a buyout plan by Pembina, an old mid-stream competitor, has been taken. Pembina's proposal followed an unwelcomed offer by a group of investors earlier this year.