Go to Video Section

Material Insights: Oct. 22, 2012

Published: October 22, 2012 6:00 am ET
Updated: October 22, 2012 12:00 am ET

Trade-secret indictments against a South Korean materials firm are featured in this week's Material Insights video. The U.S. Department of Justice on Oct. 18 indicted Kolon Indistries and five of its employees for allegedly stealing trade secrets from DuPont Co. and Teijin Ltd. between 2002 and 2009. The information was connected to para-aramid fibers made by DuPont under the Kevlar name and by Teijin under the Twaron name. The indictments are seeking more than $200 million in forfeiture and more than $300,000 in payments made to former DuPont employees. The end of a styrenic block copolymer joint venture and the closing of a compounding plant also are featured in this week’s video. Kraton Performance Polymers and Formosa Petrochemical had planned to buid a SBC plant to gether in Taiwan, but Kraton now will build the plant by itself in a different location. In Stratford, Ontario, Spartech is closing an underutilized plant that made color and specialty compounds. The closing will eliminate 46 jobs. The vide wraps up with news that market watchers in Latin America are optimistic that shale-gas development in the U.S. will lead to more opportunities for Latin American processors. Consultant Rina Quijada said at a recent industry event that as much as 10 billion pounds of new capacity for olefins and derivatives could help meet ongoing Latin American demand for containers, film and plastic auto parts.

Market Reports

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends and micro trends faced by companies that do business in Mexico. The report also provides key industry statistics and forecasts to anticipate future industry expansion.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events