Material Insights


Material Insights: Covestro plans big trade show debut at Fakuma

October 12, 2015 6:00 am ET

Straight from the trade fair floor at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany, we have news on Covestro and what's behind Sabic's move out of Pittsfield, Mass.


Material Insights: Covestro lowers IPO estimates

October 5, 2015 11:53 am ET

PS, PET bottle resin prices drop, Covestro alters IPO and Ineos buys an aromatics division.


Material Insights: PE, PP resin prices drop again

September 28, 2015 11:56 am ET

All grades of PE drop, while PP takes its third straight monthly decline. Also this week, Kraton makes a billion dollar move into renewable specialty chemicals and Sabic Innovative Plastics is closing a plant.


Material Insights: Trends in distribution

September 21, 2015 9:06 am ET

A rising resin distribution market, BASF closing nylon production in Indiana and a road trip for bioplastics.


Material Insights: Mexico becomes materials hot spot

September 14, 2015 12:49 pm ET

Developments in the materials market in Mexico, Teknor Apex expects growth in Europe and a recycler is reporting higher profits following acquisition.


Material Insights: Folding composite wings a key feature in new Boeing 777

September 8, 2015 2:37 pm ET

The composite wings fold to fit in airports, resin prices drop and shale gas could lead to developments.


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.