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Plastics News (UK) 06/01/2020 08:30
Kickstart: Good news, bad news. Let's pretend you could go back in time to Jan. 1, and you had a chance to buy shares in a publicly traded plastics company that you thought might do well during the COVID pandemic. Which one would you choose? Arkema SA might sound like a good bet. After all, the Colombes, France-based company is a big maker of acrylic resin and sheet, which is finding lots of new applications in shielding used to aid in social distancing. Acrylic dividers are literally popping up everywhere. But Arkema shares are down about 17 percent from where they started the year. Not the overwhelming success you might have expected. How come? In a recent earnings call, an analyst asked what's going on with acrylic demand. Chairman and CE.
Plastics News (UK) 05/29/2020 08:30
Order now for your end-of-summer pool party. Here comes summer! But wait, you may ask yourself, how do I cool off this summer if the local pool is closed due to the coronavirus? If your immediate answer was buy a little pool for the backyard, you may already be too late. The Los Angeles Times reports that demand for inflatable vinyl pools — whether for kids or adults — has already swamped demand. , such as the Mylle, Minidip and Funboy brands, all are sold out. Their websites say they expect to be restocked by late June, although you should get in on a presale order now. Seattle-based Mylle founder Kriss Myllenbeck told the Times the company saw a "comically noticeable geographic spike" in purchases the last weekend in April from Los Angeles.
Plastics News (UK) 05/29/2020 08:19
Austria-headquartered packaging solutions and recycling specialist Alpla has announced that it is acquiring Bopla S.A. as part of an asset deal. Founded in 1978, Bopla is located in Les Franqueses near Barcelona. The company produces extrusion blow molded and injection stretch molded packaging, mainly for customers in the cosmetics, personal and household care market segments. Alpla intends to use the Spanish company’s expertise in and experience with these single-stage manufacturing technologies to expand its own product portfolio. "Bopla is well positioned in areas that belong to Alpla's core lines of business," commented Marc de Voogd, general manager for Alpla France and Iberia. Alpla manufactures packaging systems, bottles, caps and mo.

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