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Material Insights: Price changes for PVC and PET

April 14, 2014 4:08 pm ET

Let's hope that North American PVC resin buyers have their seatbelts fastened. Prices for that material shot up 3 cents per pound for the third straight month in March. We'll talk about that, and more pricing news for PET, in today's Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Polypropylene prices dip

April 7, 2014 2:06 pm ET

In this week's Material Insights, we discuss why North American prices for polypropylene resin ticked down another penny in March.


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Material Insights: Shale gas signals renaissance for chemicals and plastics

March 31, 2014 4:04 pm ET

In today's Material Insights video, we have a report from the IHS World Petrochemical conference in Houston, plus news on a major plastics recycling closing its doors.


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Material Insights: Ineos-Sinopec dispute, Housewares highlights

March 24, 2014 1:07 pm ET

Lawsuits are flying between materials firm Ineos Group and state-owned Chinese oil and petrochemicals maker Sinopec. We cover that, plus highlights from last week's housewares show in Chicago, in today's Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Take a break from your NCAA pool

March 17, 2014 2:20 pm ET

Put down your bracket sheets and close that ESPN window on your computer. It's time to talk about the week's top materials-related stories. This week's video includes news about PolyOne Corp, Westlake Chemical Corp. and Eastman Chemical Co.


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Material Insights: Pricing changes, biomaterial innovations

March 10, 2014 8:16 am ET

Resin pricing activity showed no signs of slowing down in February. Details on changes for suspension PVC, solid polystyrene and PET bottle resin, plus a report from the Innovation Takes Root conference, in this edition of Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Bad weather helps push up PE prices

March 3, 2014 2:06 pm ET

A list of things that will never end includes the Winter of 2014 and volatility in resin pricing. Those topics merged in February as bad weather helped push through a 4-cent-per-pound price hike on all grades of polyethylene in North America.


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Material Insights: A new resin for Lego

February 24, 2014 2:04 pm ET

Lego A/S is setting a target to use a sustainable resin in its signature bricks by 2030, replacing ABS. News about the eventual switch is featured in our Material Insights video.


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Material Insights: Chapter 11 for Cereplast

February 18, 2014 1:56 pm ET

Poor financial results have caught up with bioplastics maker Cereplast Inc. That, plus news from Dow Chemical and two compounding companies, are featured in this edition of Material Insights.


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Materials-related highlights from the International Builders Show

February 10, 2014 2:38 pm ET

Prices for solid polystyrene and PET bottle resin were headed in different directions in January. We'll talk about why, plus catch up on materials-related highlights from last week's International Builders Show, in this edition of Material Insights.


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