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Resin makers aren't sweating oil prices

April 17, 2015 11:53 am ET

Prices for resin, feedstocks, oil and gasoline all are down from their mid-2014 peaks. But these drops haven't been enough to quicken the pulses of materials executives that Plastics News talked with at NPE 2015 in Orlando, Fla.


Weird theft doesn't slow exhibitor

April 7, 2015 11:52 am ET

Over the years, Plastics News has reported on some strange trade-show mishaps. But the theft of a truck, and subsequent damage to two Wittmann Battenfeld injection presses, is the weirdest one.


Activists take aim at companies they consider 'financial underperformers'

April 3, 2015 9:25 am ET

After dealing with activists, officials with materials makers Dow Chemical Co., DuPont Co. and Omnova Solutions probably would welcome a few passive investors.

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Fight is bigger than just plastic bags

April 7, 2015 11:44 am ET

The American Progressive Bag Alliance is highlighting its commitments to encouraging innovation promoting environmental progress and protecting the plastic industry at NPE 2015.


PE projects continue despite lower oil prices

March 31, 2015 9:21 am ET

As noted in a recent IHS Chemical energy alert, Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of IHS, and author of “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World,” the decision reached at the Nov. 27 OPEC meeting in Vienna not to...


Forget the winter in Orlando

March 18, 2015 11:54 am ET

This thought crossed my mind as I watched another 8 inches of that fluffy, lovable precipitation fall on my slightly recognizable, half-buried car.

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