Go to Video Section

Resin sector news, a JV and lawsuit resolution are featured

AKRON, OHIO — The latest in a line of polyethylene capacity additions is featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also featured this week: A possible plastics-related sale, good news for the U.S. resin sector, and the resolution of a lawsuit.

Published: July 29, 2013 1:11 pm ET
Updated: July 29, 2013 1:21 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — The latest in a line of polyethylene capacity additions is featured in this week's Material Insights video.

Global chemical firms Sasol Ltd. and Ineos Group have formed a joint venture to build a plant with annual capacity of more than 1 billion pounds of high density PE at a site in Louisiana. The site will make a limited number of grades for high efficiency and is expected to be open by the end of 2015. The new plant and several others are being made possible by newfound discoveries of shale gas throughout North America.

A possible plastics-related sale and good news for the U.S. resin sector also are featured in this week's video. DuPont Co. is considering selling some or all of its Performance Chemicals unit because of poor financial results. The unit includes Teflon-brand fluoropolymer as well as titanium dioxide, a common whitener. The positive resin report comes from the American Chemistry Council, which points out that the U.S. resin market's 2012 sales total of $87.1 billion was 85 percent higher than its level of ten years ago.

The video wraps up with news that a federal jury in Austin, Texas, has ruled in favor of Eastman Chemical. The firm had alleged that technology firms PlastiPure and CertiChem had made false and misleading statements about Eastman's Tritan-brand copolyester.

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report provides analysis and discussions of economic and political conditions, market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies. In addition, there are reviews of 25 leading thermoformers in the packaging segment, assessing their growth initiatives and performance metrics over 10 years.

Learn more

Automotive Market Review and Outlook 2014 The Americas

This 75-page report features in-depth analysis of the automotive industry for the Americas. It includes discussions of market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting production and threats as well as design strategies being implemented by the major automakers. Detailed charts and data tables outline North American automotive production over the last five years.

Learn more

Plastics Building & Construction Market Review and Outlook 2014 with MS Excel chart data

This report provides in-depth analysis of the plastic building and construction market for North America, including discussions of trends, opportunities, threats and the latest developments in construction trends that impact plastics processors.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

May 6, 2014 - May 8, 2014Plastics in Medical Devices 2014

May 12, 2014 - May 12, 2014Plastics News Brazil Pharma Summit

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

February 3, 2015 - February 7, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events