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Material Insights: Scientists look to replace oil, gas as ethylene building blocks

August 31, 2015 12:16 pm ET

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are trying to make ethylene through photosynthesis, PE prices fall and another chemical explosion hits China.


Material Insights: Chemours, PolyOne closing plants

August 24, 2015 1:51 pm ET

Chemours and PolyOne both announced plant closings, but not all the materials news is negative, as Argentinian energy firm YPF is investing $122 million in two polypropylene businesses.


Material Insights: Firm fishes for new PHA uses

August 17, 2015 1:48 pm ET

Meredian Holdings Group started a commercial-scale fermenter for PHA bioplastics, explosions in China impact material supplies and a resin distributor files for bankruptcy.


Material Insights: Flurry of compounding acquisitions announced

August 10, 2015 1:22 pm ET

A new company says its developing a Barex resin alternative, three acquisitions in the compounding market and resin pricing changes are highlighted in Material Insights.


Material Insights: Solvay buys Cytec for $5.5 billion

August 3, 2015 12:18 pm ET

We take a look at the impact of the Solvay-Cytec deal, LyondellBasell reports profit and a resin distributor goes into the red-hot Mexican market.


Material Insights: Braskem to make leadership change

July 27, 2015 1:30 pm ET

After Braskem's chairman was indicted, the Brazilian company is looking to make changes, Dow Chemical Co. reports earnings and an acetal resin maker is awarded environmental standard.


Material Insights: Newlight inks mega deal for methane-based resin

July 20, 2015 12:58 pm ET

Newlight Technologies is banking on its methane-from-manure-based resin, Dow Chemical is building a new headquarters and a nylon resin maker is acquiring a resin compounder.


Material Insights: Bioplastics takes on shattering smartphone screens

July 13, 2015 11:52 am ET

A new smartphone is turning to bioplastics to beat broken glass screens, senior reporter Frank Esposito stops by the studio to talk shale gas and a new recycling report could make recyclers rethink how plastics are collected.


Material Insights: Project could signal new era for PP production

July 6, 2015 1:24 pm ET

Ed Holland, president and CEO of resin distributor M. Holland Co., sits down to discuss the market, Formosa Plastics has big plans in Texas and some resin pricing changes for the week.


Material Insights: IPO fever strikes materials market

June 29, 2015 3:08 pm ET

Two major materials-related initial public offerings could be just around the corner, while a major proposed plastics plant in Pittsburgh has new life.