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Material Insights: Experts discuss why resin demand is dipping while economy hums

March 2, 2015 3:04 pm ET

Demand for resin is lower and prices are dropping as the economy picks up. In addition, Solvay announces an expansion.


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Material Insights: Coke touts PlantBottle successes

February 23, 2015 2:18 pm ET

Omnova Solutions and Barington Capital call a truce, Coke talks PlantBottle and a new color concentrates maker opens in Indiana.


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Material Insights: Materials makers show up in force at Plastindia

February 17, 2015 11:57 am ET

Polyketone is going to make its return to the North American market, a report from Plastindia and several resins fall in price.


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Material Insights: Experts discuss future of PE, PP pricing

February 9, 2015 11:42 am ET

Two experts discuss where the polyethylene and polypropylene markets are heading, and DuPont's fight with an activist investor is far from over.


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Material Insights: Resin prices slide again, investor fights with Omnova

February 2, 2015 2:40 pm ET

Resin prices continue to tumble, we talk to Gary Landsettle of Ashland Performance Materials Asia Pacific about the changing market in China and activist investor Barington Capital continues to take on Omnova Solutions.


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Material Insights: PP production issues, preparing for NPE

January 26, 2015 1:38 pm ET

Production problems in Texas add more complication for polypropylene, Entek has new equipment ready to show compounders at NPE and we take a look ahead at color trends.


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Material Insights: PP prices drop again, experts talk plastic materials in autos

January 20, 2015 9:44 am ET

Experts talk plastics in the automotive market and as PP prices fall again, we take a look at if the trend will continue.


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Material Insights: Ford, Dow Chemical JV working toward better carbon fiber

January 12, 2015 12:53 pm ET

President Obama and Vice President Biden stop by a color and concentrates maker, PE and PS prices dip, and Ford and Dow announce partnership at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.


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Material Insights: Solvay completes Ryton purchase

January 5, 2015 2:25 pm ET

Solvay and Chevron Phillips complete Ryton deal, Sabic adding capacity in New York and Plastindia move appears set.


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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.


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