Plastics News Now: It's snowing polystyrene at Ford

December 30, 2014 12:06 pm ET

Designers at Ford make snowmen out of polystyrene, micro injection molding targets lenses for the human eye and Toyota turns to plastic to reduce packaging.


Material Insights: Hexpol jumps into North American market with acquisition

December 29, 2014 1:11 pm ET

Compounder RheTech is sold, Ferro gets out of the polymer additives business and EPA issues regulations on a phthalate used in PVC production.


Plastics News Now: Researchers repair meniscus tear with 3-D printing

December 23, 2014 6:00 am ET

As a holiday treat, we present a three-pack of 3-D printing stories, including a flowing dress, meniscus repair and a Star Wars droid replica.


Material Insights: Sabic explains Ultem shortage

December 22, 2014 6:00 am ET

A recycler says new machinery will make it more efficient, a compounder will expand in Ohio, Chevron Phillips Chemical announces a pilot plant and Sabic talks Ultem.


Plastics News Now: Polystyrene helps spur honey production

December 18, 2014 6:00 am ET

Bee farmers are crediting polystyrene with an increase in honey production, plastic toymakers lament shipping delays and plastic bag ban backers are fighting back in California.


Material Insights: DuPont selling iconic material

December 15, 2014 11:53 am ET

An Israeli compounder is opening a plant in the United States, a compounder buys plants, a PPS resin maker is cutting production because of financial problems and DuPont is selling its Neoprene business.


Plastics News Now: Toymaker makes large holiday donation

December 11, 2014 9:18 am ET

K'nex's CEO stops by the "Today Show" to give back, Nike releases a football cleat made with recycled plastics and a molder in Wisconsin partners with a community organization.


Material Insights: Global shortage of high-performance resin could extend to mid-2015

December 8, 2014 2:27 pm ET

Shortage of Ultem has processors scrambling, some resin pricing changes and composites blast into space.


Plastics News Now: Hollywood success helps prop maker grow

December 4, 2014 6:00 am ET

Smooth-On is growing in part because of its niche market of special effects and props, SPI is planning a special plastic fashion show at NPE and one major city says no to a plastic bag ban.


Material Insights: Lower oil prices help drive down PE resin

December 1, 2014 12:10 pm ET

We break down the PE price drop, an expansion for Penn Color and an acquisition for PolyOne on this week's Material Insights.

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