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

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

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 analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

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

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

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events