Presenting automotive solutions at PIAE 2019

At the beginning of April, Lucite International (LI) exhibited at PIAE 2019 – the world’s largest conference for Plastics in Automotive Engineering, held in Mannheim, Germany. LI attended as part of our parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical’s exhibition, presenting our acrylic polymer (PMMA) technology alongside a range of solutions provided by other group companies. With over […]

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A closer look at the global methacrylates markets: April 2019

Changing market dynamics During the second half of 2018 there was a change in the market dynamics for many petrochemicals, including for methacrylates. A wave of poorer company results and conservative outlooks were being circulated from the automotive and construction segments among others. National trade policies were being cited as a reason for stifling inter-regional […]

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Welcome on board, Protea Chemicals…

In just over 50 years, Protea Chemicals – part of South Africa’s diversified chemical holdings group Omnia – has become one of the largest chemical distribution businesses in the world, ranked number 39 globally and number five in the African/Middle Eastern region by the ICIS Chemical Business journal. Representing Lucite International (LI) in South Africa […]

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Skills training grant for Lucite International in the USA

The Lucite Center (TLC) in Memphis, USA has recently been awarded an Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) grant as part of a commitment to investing in the development of our workforce. The IWT is a competitive grant that provides funding to help eligible Tennessee businesses provide effective skills upgrades and process improvement training. Pictured: Phyllis Brunson […]

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Focusing on safe attitudes

To link and coordinate all aspects of safe and responsible workplace behaviours, a safety communications initiative at LI’s Cassel site in the UK focuses on developing new attitudes and behaviours to support existing rules rather than just trying to burden employees with new, ever more complicated procedures. Lucite International’s Safety, Health, Security & Environmental Manager […]

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Sale of European acrylic sheet business completed

Lucite International confirms completion of the sale of its European cell cast acrylic Sheet and Composites business (now named Perspex International Ltd) plus its separate UK distribution company, Perspex Distribution Ltd (PDL), to the Swiss firm Schweiter Technologies, owners of 3A Composites and Polycasa. The sale completed on 28th December 2018.

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Investment in sustainable supply of methacrylate monomers

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) is the world’s largest manufacturer of methacrylate monomers and is continuing to invest to improve the supply of these products for our customers. Methacrylates are a core product line with the MCC portfolio which means that investment in both new and existing assets continues apace. Here, we share some of the key […]

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Brexit update – November 2018

Lucite International is closely monitoring the developments of the Brexit debate and any potential impact upon its business units. Lucite International’s intention is that it will continue to be a reliable and competitive supplier of its methacrylate-based range of products irrespective of the outcome of these discussions, and it is taking steps towards achieving this. […]

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Investing in the long term future of MMA production at Cassel

2018 saw the biggest ever overhaul of Lucite International’s (LI) Cassel plant at Teesside in the UK. Over three and a half years in the planning; costing in excess of £17 million ($20 million); and involving over 1,000 contractors, this year’s overhaul took place in March, just as the worst winter weather in living memory […]

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Commitment to investing in apprentices

Lucite International’s (LI) Cassel site in the UK has recently received a fresh boost of energy from three apprentices embarking on their first steps towards a career in the chemicals industry. LI is committed to providing apprenticeship opportunities in a variety of disciplines within the company. Quinn Hoban, Scarlett O’Hara and Nathan Burdon have recently […]

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