Material Insights

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Material Insights: Braskem to make leadership change

July 27, 2015 1:30 pm ET

After Braskem's chairman was indicted, the Brazilian company is looking to make changes, Dow Chemical Co. reports earnings and an acetal resin maker is awarded environmental standard.


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Material Insights: Newlight inks mega deal for methane-based resin

July 20, 2015 12:58 pm ET

Newlight Technologies is banking on its methane-from-manure-based resin, Dow Chemical is building a new headquarters and a nylon resin maker is acquiring a resin compounder.


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Material Insights: Bioplastics takes on shattering smartphone screens

July 13, 2015 11:52 am ET

A new smartphone is turning to bioplastics to beat broken glass screens, senior reporter Frank Esposito stops by the studio to talk shale gas and a new recycling report could make recyclers rethink how plastics are collected.


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Material Insights: Project could signal new era for PP production

July 6, 2015 1:24 pm ET

Ed Holland, president and CEO of resin distributor M. Holland Co., sits down to discuss the market, Formosa Plastics has big plans in Texas and some resin pricing changes for the week.


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Material Insights: IPO fever strikes materials market

June 29, 2015 3:08 pm ET

Two major materials-related initial public offerings could be just around the corner, while a major proposed plastics plant in Pittsburgh has new life.


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Material Insights: Lego looking into bio-based replacements for ABS

June 22, 2015 1:12 pm ET

Lego is spending $150 million in a sustainable materials headquarters, Braskem chairman is arrested and packaging companies in Europe are raising prices over resin costs.


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Material Insights: Warm weather heats up PET resin prices

June 15, 2015 1:46 pm ET

Warm weather is partially to blame for a rise in PET resin prices, plus a nylon expansion is in the news and M&A news this week on Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Keeping up with a changing market in Brazil

June 8, 2015 2:08 pm ET

Purging compound makers join forces, a Solvay executive discusses the market in Brazil and a resin company is considering a second plant in the Dakotas in this week's Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Pricing changes hit PE, PS and PP

June 1, 2015 1:48 pm ET

Rising prices for PE and PS, a new alliance in Europe and Bayer introduces Covestro.


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Material Insights: Preparing for a new China market

May 26, 2015 2:14 pm ET

Materials suppliers in Asia talk about how their firms are adjusting from the high volume growth in China during the past years to a slower growing, more mature market today in this week's Materials Insights.