Material Insights


Material Insights: Resin prices fluctuate in April

May 2, 2016 12:39 pm ET

Resin prices fluctuate, worker killed at Nova Chemicals construction site and Polyplastics expanding.


DuPont remains bullish on China

April 25, 2016 12:23 pm ET

We have coverage from Chinaplas where DuPont discusses the Chinese market and Eastman Chemical announces a partnership. In other news, the death toll from an explosion in Mexico has risen.


Material Insights: Covestro increases aggressive sustainability goal

April 18, 2016 10:54 am ET

Covestro increases aggressive sustainability goal, PolyOne expands capacity and Quadrant buys Piper Plastics.


Material Insights: A. Schulman seeks millions over alleged falsified tests

April 11, 2016 11:58 am ET

A. Schulman is seeking millions over what it calls falsified tests from Lucent Polymers, metal scrap recyclers discuss plastics recycling and a resin market outlook.


Material Insights: Westlake Chemical increases its offer for Axiall

April 4, 2016 11:53 am ET

Axiall turns down an increased offer, resin prices fluctuate and Teknor Apex makes an acquisition.


Material Insights: Resin prices skyrocket

March 28, 2016 12:22 pm ET

Feedstock increases, strong demand and outages send commodity resin prices higher in March; a major acquisition; and Rogers Corp. reports higher sales, but lower profits.


DuPont helps turbocharge auto parts with thermoplastics

March 21, 2016 11:30 am ET

A private equity firm buys a majority share into Nexeo Solutions, DuPont joins in a collaboration for suction blow molding and A. Schulman revises its financial outlook.


Material Insights: Materials firms discuss Mexican market at Plastimagen

March 14, 2016 10:26 am ET

We catch up with a number of materials firms at Plastimagen in Mexico City to see what is attracting them to the Mexican market.


Material Insights: BASF considers DuPont bid

March 7, 2016 9:41 am ET

Reporting from Plastimagen, BASF is considering making a bid for DuPont, PolyOne expands in Mexico and PE joint venture in Mexico has started production.


Material Insights: Axiall sells two PVC business units

February 29, 2016 1:01 pm ET

Axiall sold two of its PVC related business units, resin prices decline and a color concentrates acquisition.