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Distribution sector predicts robust 2014

December 16, 2013 4:05 pm ET

Executives at some of North America's largest resin distributors recently told Plastics News that they are looking forward to a robust 2014 as some of them admitted that this year fell a little short of their expectations. For this and more news from the plastics materials sector, watch this week's Material Insights video.


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Racing toward the future of auto design

December 12, 2013 12:03 pm ET

Each year, seniors in the automotive design program at Detroit's College for Creative Studies design future cars based on briefings from businesses. This year, the American Chemistry Council sponsored the fall program, led by instructors Joann Jung and Eric Stoddard. Watch this video of the 14 students and some of their designs.


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Materials deals multiply as 2013 comes to a close

December 9, 2013 1:32 pm ET

Dow Chemical Co. is looking to make another big move away from its traditional businesses. The company announced on Dec. 2 that it would spin off its epoxy business as well as chlorine-related businesses. The story is featured in this week's Material Insights video.


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Material Insights: PET prices up, polypropylene down

December 2, 2013 4:27 pm ET

North American prices for PET bottle resin and polypropylene have moved in different directions lately. PET is up a net of 4 cents per pound since Aug. 1 following increases in August and September and a drop in October. The changes are featured in this week's Material Insights video.


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Polystyrene prices on 3-month roller coaster

November 25, 2013 1:10 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — Recent changes in North American polystyrene resin pricing are featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week, we report on a pair of increases to compounding and concentrate capacity in the southern U.S., as well as news that Plastics Color Corp. has added a pair of new twin-screw extrusion lines at its plant i...


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Major plastics projects slated for Appalachia

November 18, 2013 12:55 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — Big plans for plastic projects in Appalachia are featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week we report details of Shell Chemical's plans to build a petrochemical site near Pittsburgh as well as news that Braskem Idesa's plans to open a major petrochemical site in Mexico are on track.


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Shale gas expected to bring gains to plastics market

November 11, 2013 1:21 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — Expectations of plastics market gains from shale gas are featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week, we report on expansions by Rextac LLC and Advanced Composites Inc., as well as news that resin distribution leader Ravago Holdings Americas has formed a business channel focused on bulk commodity resin sales ...


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Material Insights: PP, PVC resin prices decline in October

November 4, 2013 2:25 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — Recent North American price declines for polypropylene and suspension PVC resins are featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week we report on big moves by DuPont Co. and Mexichem SAB de CV, as well as news that investor Sunil Kumar and his daughter Monica have bought nylon resin maker and compounder Nylon Cor...


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Welcome to the dark side of K 2013

October 29, 2013 3:50 pm ET

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — OK, so no metaphysical fictional force was involved, but with 219,000 visitors at this year's K show in Düsseldorf, how does a company like Formech draw visitors to the far side of Hall 4 when there is so much to see? Maybe by drawing on its history.


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Ineos pact with union saves plant in Scotland

October 28, 2013 2:14 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — A late reprieve for a major European polyethylene plant is featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week we report on Ravago Group's acquisition of resin distributor A-Top Polymers Inc., as well as news of new resin and feedstock capacity from a trio of firms.


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