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Material Insights: Scientists look to replace oil, gas as ethylene building blocks

August 31, 2015 12:16 pm ET

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are trying to make ethylene through photosynthesis, PE prices fall and another chemical explosion hits China.


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Plastics News Now: The Force is strong with vacuum formed plastics

August 27, 2015 9:06 am ET

A look at some of the most iconic plastics costumes ever made, a machine manufacturer has a unique office set up and an auto supplier looks to make artificial turf safer with plastics.


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Material Insights: Chemours, PolyOne closing plants

August 24, 2015 1:51 pm ET

Chemours and PolyOne both announced plant closings, but not all the materials news is negative, as Argentinian energy firm YPF is investing $122 million in two polypropylene businesses.


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Plastics News Now: Massive plastic ball pit turns museum into 'beach'

August 20, 2015 9:13 am ET

The National Building Museum dumped 1 million plastic balls into its Great Hall, Los Angeles dumped millions of plastic balls into a reservoir to conserve water and an online plastics company backs a soccer team in England.


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What Keeps You Up at Night: Vicki Holt

August 17, 2015 6:00 am ET

Proto Labs' President and CEO Vicki Holt talks about managing rapid growth in the rapid prototyping market.


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Material Insights: Firm fishes for new PHA uses

August 17, 2015 1:48 pm ET

Meredian Holdings Group started a commercial-scale fermenter for PHA bioplastics, explosions in China impact material supplies and a resin distributor files for bankruptcy.


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Plastics News Now: Rotomolded storm shelters get screen time

August 13, 2015 10:04 am ET

Plastic storm shelters get screen time on Netflix comedy, we check out Plastic Components' lights-out operations and SPI pushes Manufacturing Day.


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Material Insights: Flurry of compounding acquisitions announced

August 10, 2015 1:22 pm ET

A new company says its developing a Barex resin alternative, three acquisitions in the compounding market and resin pricing changes are highlighted in Material Insights.


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Plastics News Now: Plastic film causes massive cheese recall

August 6, 2015 6:00 am ET

Kraft is recalling single slice pieces of cheese over plastic film, HitchBot makes its final ride and another plastics IPO could be coming soon.


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Material Insights: Solvay buys Cytec for $5.5 billion

August 3, 2015 12:18 pm ET

We take a look at the impact of the Solvay-Cytec deal, LyondellBasell reports profit and a resin distributor goes into the red-hot Mexican market.