Material Insights


New possible players in US shale fields

April 27, 2015 2:07 pm ET

One new joint venture makes plans to take advantage of shale gas in the U.S. Appalachian region while another JV may drop out. Plus there are new investments in Louisiana and Florida in this week's Materials Insights.


Nylon 6/6 supplies might tighten as force majeure declared

April 20, 2015 1:37 pm ET

Invista declares force majeure on nylon 6/6 and feedstocks, and update on force majeure issues in Europe. Plus management changes at Star Thermoplastics.


Material Insights: Trade groups criticize rash of force majeure declarations

April 13, 2015 11:59 am ET

As supplies tighten in Europe, trade groups question force majeure declarations, and three firms announce global expansion plans.


Material Insights: Bioplastics firm goes public

April 6, 2015 12:47 pm ET

Bioplastic resin maker Solegear has gone public in Canada, PET resin makers cry foul over imported resin and pricing changes.


Material Insights: Firms announce capacity expansions at NPE

March 30, 2015 12:19 pm ET

Sabic and Eastman both made announcements at NPE, and we catch up with Americhem to discuss the company's nDuramax-brand UV stabilizers for polymeric films.


Material Insights: Materials news from NPE

March 22, 2015 7:31 pm ET

Metabolix Inc. and Honeywell International announce a bio-based microbead, news from Royal DSM NV and DuPont Co. is adding capacity for a specialty resin.


Material Insights: A. Schulman's CEO discusses why they bought Citadel Plastics

March 16, 2015 2:24 pm ET

A. Schulman purchases Citadel Plastics in a materials mega-deal, and some engineering resin prices drop along with PET bottle resin.


Material Insights: Huntsman closing plants

March 9, 2015 12:14 pm ET

Huntsman closures are part of a consolidation of its pigments and additives business, top executive at a PET resin leader has died and some expansion and acquisition news.


Material Insights: Experts discuss why resin demand is dipping while economy hums

March 2, 2015 3:04 pm ET

Demand for resin is lower and prices are dropping as the economy picks up. In addition, Solvay announces an expansion.


Material Insights: Coke touts PlantBottle successes

February 23, 2015 2:18 pm ET

Omnova Solutions and Barington Capital call a truce, Coke talks PlantBottle and a new color concentrates maker opens in Indiana.