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Material Insights: Senator pushes for closer look at Dow, DuPont merger

June 20, 2016 8:34 am ET

A Republican senator is pushing for closer scrutiny on the Dow Chemical, DuPont merger, Dow Chemical discusses a recycling breakthrough and Anellotech is making progress on bio-based PET resins.


Material Insights: Shell moves forward with massive petrochemicals site

June 13, 2016 11:12 am ET

Shell Chemical is moving forward with a major petrochemicals site, Westlake Chemical and Axiall strike a deal, and Nexeo Solutions goes public.


Material Insights: Plastics firms build their technology portfolio

June 6, 2016 12:14 pm ET

Hexcel takes an equity stake in an aerospace 3-D specialist, changes in resin pricing and DSM Engineering Plastics grows in the U.S.


Material Insights: Expert discusses materials development for 3-D printing

May 31, 2016 11:27 am ET

Advanced materials could be on the horizon for 3-D printing, PP prices drop and Solvay executives discuss real-life applications for Solar Impulse 2.


Material Insights: Three companies team up to export resin to Asia

May 23, 2016 6:00 am ET

Three firms are building a massive facility in Texas aimed at exporting resin to Asia, carpet recyclers talk about the plastics market and a former Wellman site is coming back to life.


Material Insights: Honeywell spinning off nylon 6 business

May 16, 2016 11:26 am ET

Honeywell announces plans to spin off its chemicals and nylon businesses, Ascend Performance Materials is hitting the brakes on its PDH propylene project and PolyOne announces earnings, title addition for its CEO.


Material Insights: Axiall, Westlake board fight set for June

May 9, 2016 11:38 am ET

Axiall shareholders will vote on board of directors in June, solid PS prices up 5 cents per pound and Maroon Group buys U.S. Chemicals.


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.