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Material Insights: Feb. 13, 2012

Published: February 13, 2012 6:00 am ET
Updated: February 13, 2012 12:00 am ET

A trio of international materials deals is featured in this week's Material Insights video. The first deal took place in Mexico, where PVC resins and compounds maker Mexichem has acquired Dutch PVC pipe maker Wavin in a deal worth just over $700 milion. Mexichem had tried to acquire Wavin twice last year before their most recent offer was accepted. In Dahag, India, a new compounding plant will be built through a deal between U.S. distributor Intercontinental Export Import and Indian plastics firm Jyoti Plastic Works. IEI is run by Saurabh Naik, who's also an executive with U.S. recycler/processor Naik Group. The new plant will have four twin-screw compounding lines and will produce material for India's fast-growing auto market. While in Clear Lake, Texas, Indorama Ventures of Thailand has bought monoethylene glycol maker Old World Industries for almost $800 million. Old World uses MEG to make antifreeze, but the material also can be used as a PET resin feedstock. Indorama ranks as one of North America's largest PET makers. The video wraps up with news of increased plastic-related sales for full-year 2011 at Celanese, Eastman and DuPont. Plastic-related earnings also were up a Celanese and Eastman, but they fell slightly at DuPont.

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