Don Kruschke’s statement

Don Kruschke’s statement
Neil Kruschke Jr. may have left the plastics industry in 2009 when he sold Stopol Inc., but he left behind many friends and acquaintances. All were shocked to learn of 44-year-old Neil’s death on Friday in a chainsaw accident near…

America likely to see ‘Manufacturing Renaissance’

America likely to see ‘Manufacturing Renaissance’
Here’s some good news for U.S. manufacturers — a new report from Boston Consulting Group titled “Made in America, Again: Why Manufacturing will Return to the U.S.” According to the report, which was released Aug. 25, the return of manufacturing…

Q. What’s still made in America?

Q. What’s still made in America?
Manufacturing is alive and well in North America — more on that later. But I always get a kick out of companies that serve odd or unusual niche markets. How about bowling balls, CDs and chopsticks, for example? Those great…

Steve Jobs’ impact on plastics

Steve Jobs’ impact on plastics
Steve Jobs’ decision to resign as CEO of Apple Inc. last night is the biggest story on the business page today. Jobs is one of the rare corporate CEOs who became a household name. Newspaper readers understand that, no matter…

Plastics firms on the Inc. 5000 list

plastics firms on the Inc. 5000 list
The folks at Inc. magazine must have had a tough time picking the 5,000 fastest-growing U.S. companies this year. Despite the sour economy, firms that managed to survive the recession have probably experienced growth between 2007 to 2010, the time…

Which supplier supports the Cleveland Orchestra?

Which supplier supports the Cleveland Orchestra?
Trivia time: Which plastics material supplier pledged this week to donate $1 million over the next three years to the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra? If you answered Lubrizol Corp., give yourself an appropriate fanfare. The Wickliffe, Ohio-based company made headlines this…

Half-year results of China’s 1st coal-to-olefins project

Half-year results of China’s 1st coal-to-olefins project
China’s Shenhua Group officially started commercial production at the Baotou coal-to-olefins project on Jan. 1, 2011. The company recently announced a six-month review of the project, which was the first of its kind in China.

With capacity utilization rate kept above 85 percent, the project produced 273,040 metric tons of polyolefins and sold 263,290 tons in the first six months, according to reports from local media in Baotou, Inner Mongolia. Adding in sales of byproducts, the project achieved total sales of 3.1 billion yuan (US$484.8 million) and profit of 875 million yuan (US$136.9 million).

The project uses Unipol technology licensed from Dow Chemical Co.