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Putting the emphasis on fast cure
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Düsseldorf, Germany — Medical molders need liquid silicone rubber materials that cure quickly and at lower temperatures. Dow Performance Silicones featured the novel, innovative...
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02-23-2018
NY bag-maker, town in dispute over odors
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A New York bag manufacturer and nearby residents are having a disagreement that literally reeks. According to a Feb. 20 lawsuit, residents say the factory regularly emits foul odors that plague...
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02-23-2018
PVC posts solid sales growth in 2017, while results for other resins are mixed
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PVC again led the way among North American resin markets in 2017, with sales growth of more than 3 percent. Results for the year from other commodity resins were mixed, with sales of linear low...
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02-23-2018
Sumitomo Chemical brings new high-performance polymer to North America
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Sumitomo Chemical Advanced Technologies is bringing one of its high performance thermoplastics to the North American market. Sumiploy CS5530 is a polyether sulfone with a proprietary additive...
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02-23-2018
Solvay exec will cover sustainability and UV stabilizers at SPE polyolefins conference
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Solvay SA executive Dominique Debecker will give a keynote address on sustainability at the upcoming SPE 2018 International Polyolefins Conference in Houston. Debecker, the deputy chief...
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02-23-2018
Kraiburg growing in Asia-Pacific on rising TPE demand
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Gandhinagar, India — Growing applications of thermoplastic elastomer in the appliances and automotive industries in Asia-Pacific is prompting materials maker Kraiburg TPE GmbH & Co. KG...
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02-23-2018
Eastman emphasizes value of disinfectant-ready polymers
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Anaheim, Calif. — Eastman Chemical Co. emphasized the value of a disinfectant-ready polymer for health care environments at the Feb. 6-8 UBM Advanced Manufacturing Expo. “If a patient...
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02-23-2018
Putting the emphasis on fast cure
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Düsseldorf, Germany — Medical molders need liquid silicone rubber materials that cure quickly and at lower temperatures. Dow Performance Silicones featured the novel, innovative...
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02-23-2018
PE, PP, PET and recycled prices bounce around in January
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North American prices for polyethylene, polypropylene and PET bottle resin hit the ground running in 2018. Prices for PP and PET both moved up in January, while PE prices ticked down an average of ...
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02-23-2018
Apex Plastics gains 'clear' advantage with blow molding machine
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Custom blow molder Apex Plastics has gained a “clear” advantage with its purchase of a new Aoki injection blow molding machine. With its $625,000 machinery investment, the Brookfield,...
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02-22-2018
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Published on February 7, 2018 Materials Outlook 2018

This report analyzes key developments and trends in materials that are shaping business for North American plastics processors and suppliers in 2018 - including discussions of economic and political conditions, regulatory activity and trade issues impacting supply and demand, opportunities and materials pricing.    

Data tables and charts included:

  • Full list of top North American Compounders and Concentrate Makers
  • HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, PP & PS Total Sales & Captive Use (2016-2017)
  • North America PE Planned Expansions (2017-2022)

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