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Material Insights: Dec. 27, 2011

December 27, 2011

A prediction of a healthy 2012 for North American resin distributors is featured in this week's Material Insights video. Several resin distribution executives who recently spoke with Plastics News said they anticipate higher sales volumes for their businesses in 2012. This week's video also features news of PolyOne adding production of Stan-Tone paste colorants at its plant in Shenzhen, China. The materials are used in thermoset polymers for the building and construction market. A $2 million damages verdict givent to a former plastics worker also is included in the video. Gerald Failing worked for Durez Plastics in North Tonawanda, N.Y., in the 1960s and 1970s and was exposed to raw asbestos fibers supplied by Canadian firm Hedman Resources. The video wraps up with a look at the opening of a pilot plant at Sabic Innovative Plastics' site in Mount Vernon. Ind. The new pilot operation will allow the firm to more rapidly produces customized runs of high-performance polymers.