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April 2022 Plastics Market Update

As we move into the second quarter of 2022, the Eastern European War has slowed the economy across Europe to a crawl, energy costs are up 5-fold, and supply for polymers and additives is difficult at best. This has global implications on costing and supply for nearly...

March 2022 Plastics Monthly Update

Pigments and Additives We’re seeing the same story as last month with specific additives – FR and fiberglass specifically. The fiberglass and FR shortages will continue to exist through 2022, affecting finished good cost of nearly all polymers as well through the end...

Star Continues Growth with $5M Equipment Investments

Star Plastics’ growth continues with the installation of the first of two new twin screw extruders at its North American facilities. This new addition marks the first phase of a larger investment that will amount to more than $5 million dollars in 2022 as the company...

February 2022 Plastics Market Update

Just as the story of the plastics industry in 2020 (and the world) was COVID-19, and 2021 was of the resin shortage – we believe 2022 will be the year of the pigment and additive shortage. Otherwise, the market has not changed. Resin costs are still inflated, and lead...

A Deeper Look into Star Product Lines

When customers work with Star Plastics, they know the material will perform and deliver the results they expect. Our material goes through multiple quality checkpoints to ensure customers get the right specifications, and the same product every time with the...

January’s Plastics Market Update

As 2022 begins, additive shortages is the new lead of the story.  Flame Retardant additives and pigments will be one of the driving factors in increased prices during the first half of 2022, while the pricing of General-Purpose versions of PC, PCABS, and ABS in NA and...

December’s Mid-Month Plastics Market Update

December has been an eventful month so far, so we decided to provide a mid-month update.  As we near the year end with status-quo supply, we head into 2022 looking towards normalized supply/demand ratios and building of inventories. All the information below is...

November Plastic Market Update

Engineering Resins still on the Rise Engineering resin prices continue to rise due to the multiple ongoing supply chain issues.  Since June, regional prices for nylon 6 and nylon 6/6 are up an average of 35 cents per pound, with prices for acetal up 30 cents,...

Safety is Our Priority

Since Star Plastics was first established in 1988, safety has been our main priority. No Time Lost means our employees work in a secure environment that poses almost no risk to their safety. By focusing on safety protocols in the workplace, we help our customers by...

October Market Update 2021

Material prices continue to steadily climb while the supply-demand ratio remains tight. The market is experiencing strong demand above 2019 levels, with large order backlogs and inventory deficiencies. Logistics issues of costly containers and congestion are still...

September Plastics Market Update

Hurricane Ida, which made landfall on Aug 29, topped the news cycle this month, affecting production of ethylene, butadiene, benzene, styrene and parazylene. Prices continued to heat up for virgin resin, with recycled material prices also joining the rise.  Then we...

Manufacturing Day 2021

What Does Manufacturing Day Mean to Star Plastics? On October 1st, manufacturers will be coming together to educate and promote the manufacturing industry to thousands of companies and educational institutions around the...

Star Plastics Appoints New CEO

Star Plastics is pleased to announce that Donald Wiseman has been appointed the company’s CEO effective September 2021 following the company’s acquisition by Akoya Capital Partners. Wiseman succeeds Star Plastics founder Doug Ritchie who will become the company’s...

Plastics Market Update – August

In August, we continued to see price increases, supply restrictions and lead time extensions on resins and additives alike. Interestingly, the shortages in virgin material supply have led to rising costs for recycled materials in the first half of 2021.  The rise...

July Plastics Market Update 2021

What We Saw in July… The entire plastics industry continues to experience record-setting supplier shortages and cost pressures, with the backlog of orders just shy of May’s record pace. Sales allocations and unbalanced supply-demand continues to drive price...

Star Plastics Honored with WV Exporter Award

West Virginia state officials recently recognized Star Plastics, Inc in a virtual ceremony for growing export sales to two new countries in 2020. “Exporting to a new country is an incredible accomplishment and we are all proud of their success,” said Gov. Jim Justice...

Welcome Lauren to the Team!

Lauren Zoller Joins the Star Plastics Team Lauren Zoller is joining our team in the position of Human Resource Manager. Lauren has a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Marietta College, Ohio. She started her professional career in customer service in...

Plastics Market Update: June

As summer chugs along, price increases, shortages, and logistics issues continue to trouble the plastics industry and related markets. With the late-summer preparations for the holiday season quickly approaching, along with semiconductors allowing the automotive...

Star Guide: Amorphous vs Semi-Crystalline Polymers

Know Your Polymer Options Whether it is simply choosing a restaurant to go to or selecting the most suitable resin material for a manufacturing application, having options is critical. In the current market, plastic resins, especially high-volume resins, have seen a...

May Plastics Market Update 2021

  In May, we saw more of the same. Demand was still incredibly strong, and price increases continued across nearly all resins. Production has not returned to normal levels and remains inconsistent. ABS, PC and Nylon in North America are sold out through 2021....

April’s Plastics Market Update

The plastics industry remains in flux as both material production and logistics industry attempt to catch up to normal levels of availability and demand. Below are highlights of the changes we’ve seen in materials and logistics, as well as other global aspects...

100 Percent Accuracy – Star’s Mark of Perfection

What makes a good resin partner? While shared goals and open communication are vital to the success of any business partnership, ultimately, the most critical quality is trust. Building trust requires a track record of dependability – providing quality resin materials...

March Plastics Market Update

The story of plastics market shortages continue and even amplified in March, as the consequences of Storm Uri continued to significantly reduce US supply of resin. The storm shook up the market, affecting the production of almost every resin and feedstock made in the...

February 2021: Plastics Market Update

 As we’ve said before, there are non-plastics related events that affect us all directly or indirectly, including now the weather, which has changed the supply of the market. Below is a synopsis of what we’ve seeing in the market since the last update....

Plastics Market Update: January 2021

At Star, we feel compelled to continue updating you on the market conditions for ABS, PC and related products and services globally. There are non-plastics related events that affect us all directly or indirectly that have changed the supply of the market over the...

Plastics Market Recap from Star

A recap of December, and What We See Moving Forward At Star, it is our priority to produce materials to the quality level that you require and provide lot-to-lot consistency to meet your needs. The events of the last few months have changed the supply of the plastics...

Star Forms Global Partnership with LATI

LATI Products Now Available in North America On December 15 2020, Star Plastics announced a global partnership with LATI, a European manufacturer of engineering thermoplastics, with the goal of expanding material offerings in North America, Europe, and Asia. This...

Plastics Compounding 101: What are Additives?

Plastic Additives in Compounding As a dependable custom compounder of engineering-grade thermoplastics, Star Plastics has built a reputation for delivering quality products that provide the perfect solution for your unique applications. We provide custom formulations...

New Cold Temperature Impact Polycarbonate at Star

This New Cold Temperature Impact PC Copolymer, as part of the StarPrime line, offers improved impact at extreme temperatures. As a leader in custom polymer compounding technology, we’re announcing a new cold temperature impact polycarbonate. The new material is...

Star Plastics Supports Community Amidst COVID-19

As the needs of the region within its plant footprint continue to grow amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Star Plastics team has stepped up generously in response. Star Plastics was able to leverage its local, national, and international networks to help deliver...

A Letter from Doug on COVID-19

 Star Plastics Updates Regarding the Global Pandemic  As the COVID-19 is changing the world around us, we believe as long as we all pull together, we will get through and come out stronger. Here at Star, we are committed to the health and wellness of our employees,...
Personal Watercraft Solution Case Study

Personal Watercraft Solution Case Study

How Star Plastics Met a Unique Light-Transparency Requirement On-Time Summary: A watersports OEM had a material failure while developing a next-generation hood deflector cover design. This product challenged our team to meet precise specifications to maintain color,...

Welcome Howard McCready!

Star Plastics welcomes Howard McCready to the Star Team as the Millwood location’s new Plant Manager! Howard comes to Star with a 20+ year background of operations, logistics, and business management experience. Howard has a Bachelors of Arts in Materials...
Finally, A Sustainable High-Performance Material.

Finally, A Sustainable High-Performance Material.

Star Plastics, Inc. launches ReStart, a high-performance and UL-recognized material product line that contains 35 to 50 percent recycled content, ideal for customers looking to satisfy their sustainability initiatives. With roots as a recycling company, recycling and...

One Custom Material Solves Customer’s Dual Needs

Star Plastics recently supported a customer with a unique custom compounded material used to reduce the number of materials they were purchasing into one material that met all their physical property and UL requirements. They also saved money by being able to purchase...

Five-Years No Lost Time Incidents

Safety has been first-priority since Star’s inception in 1988, and we officially crossed the threshold of five-years with No Lost Time incidents on Nov. 29, 2018 at our Ravenswood, WV facility. While we’re proud of our 1,800+ days without a hiccup, we still have a...

Clocking in at 100% Inventory Accuracy

Here at Star Plastics, we pride ourselves on being an extension of our partners. We routinely hold inventory for many companies while assisting and managing the processing, fulfillment, and shipping of their compounded material. Recently, Star had the pleasure of...

A Wealth of Team Experience

While the whole team at Star Plastics is celebrating 30 years in business this fall, a good chunk of the company’s heartbeat – its employees – are also toasting to their own milestones. More than a dozen employees have worked at Star Plastics for at least 20 years,...

New Light Transmittance Value Product Developed

Star Plastics recently developed a compounded product that achieves 85% Light Transmittance values, adding a new option to our ever-growing product offering. Our customer needed a prime-alternative, custom compounded material that met all of their application...

Key Customer has Successful Visit to Star Plastics

RAVENSWOOD, WV– At the beginning of June, a long term and key customer of Star Plastics had a successful visit to Star Plastics’ Ravenswood plant. Mike Watson, Chief Asia officer and 28-year veteran of Star, gave the three customer representatives a tour of...

A Thank You to Jack

RAVENSWOOD, WV — On the evening of June 5, 2018, our friend and coworker Jack Lee Fetty passed away suddenly in his home. Jack celebrated his 14th work anniversary days before his passing. He joined Star Plastics on June 3, 2004 as a production associate. Since...
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