Material Insights


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.