Material Insights


Material Insights: Re:3D shows off material-agnostic 3-D printer

September 26, 2016 10:56 am ET

Re:3D shows off printer at TPE TopCon, Ineos and MSM Poly don't reach a deal on Barex and a resin distribution firm is headed to Mexico.


Material Insights: Techmer opens new specialty compounding plant in Delaware

September 19, 2016 11:56 am ET

Techmer opens a new specialty compounding plant in Delaware, Radici Group makes an acquisition in the nylon market and James Ray from ICIS discuss PP and PE.


Material Insights: North America's PE production still in growth mode

September 12, 2016 11:33 am ET

Nova Chemicals Corp. completes construction of it new reactor at Joffre, Alberta, for linear low density polyethylene while LyondellBasell Industries picks LaPorte, Texas, for its next high density PE plant, and iD Additives continues its solid growth spurt.


Material Insights: Mexichem's chairman blasts Trump on Twitter

September 6, 2016 11:35 am ET

Mexichem's chairman took aim at U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, Dow Chemical Co. announces new brand, and solid PS and PET bottle resin prices are on the move.


Material Insights: Taiwan's plastics industry investing heavily in medical

August 29, 2016 6:00 am ET

Taiwan's plastics industry is investing in the medical industry, Metabolix sells its bioplastics business and polypropylene is on the rise.


Material Insights: A. Schulman brings back former CEO amid turmoil

August 22, 2016 11:24 am ET

A. Schulman's former CEO is returning to the company, Dow Chemical Co. is making plans for the PE market and Nexeo Solutions' stock goes on a roller coaster ride.


Material Insights: Evonik wants to heal bones with composites

August 15, 2016 6:00 am ET

Researchers with Evonik Industries are looking at replacing metal and steel rods with biodegradable plastics in bone healing, A. Schulman lowers forecast and Rogers Corp. is moving.


Material Insights: Report details environmental benefits of plastics

August 8, 2016 11:36 am ET

An expert from the American Chemistry Council discusses a recent study pointing to the environmental benefits of plastics over other materials, we check in on materials sales and Aurora Plastics is bought.


Material Insights: LyondellBasell plans massive HDPE plant on U.S. Gulf Coast

August 1, 2016 11:36 am ET

PP prices drop a penny, LyondellBasell plans HDPE plant and researchers at Battelle Memorial Institute want to put more soy into plastics.


Material Insights: DuPont opens its largest compounding plant in China

July 25, 2016 11:13 am ET

DuPont Performance Materials opened its largest compounding plant in China, a Westlake Chemical ethylene site is back operating and Ancos grows its polymer tolling business.