Material Insights


Material Insights: Axiall rejects Westlake Chemical's takeover bid, again

February 1, 2016 12:21 pm ET

Resin prices were very active in January, and Westlake Chemical attempts a takeover bid for Axiall Corp.


Material Insights: Celanese jumps into nylon market

January 25, 2016 12:19 pm ET

Celanese moves into the nylon market, PolySol moves, Hexcel Corp. sees profits rise from aerospace division and a resin distribution acquisition.


Material Insights: Materials makers discuss new trends in automotive

January 19, 2016 11:50 am ET

Materials makers were at the North American International Auto Show discussing trends and the importance of suppliers engaging them early in projects. Also, A. Schulman's stock tumbles as the company announced quality reporting issues on some materials.


Lanxess opens second high-performance plastics compounding line

January 11, 2016 10:53 am ET

Lanxess invests $15 million in North Carolina, Plastics Compounders Inc. moves to a new plant in Ohio, Precision Color Compounders opens a new line and Indorama Ventures buys a petrochemical complex in Alabama.


Material Insights: Polypropylene prices increase 2 cents

January 4, 2016 11:59 am ET

Buyers are seeing increases of 2 or 3 cents per pound for PP, DuPont Co. is cutting staff and a new masterbatch facility is planned in India.


Material Insights: Counting down the top materials stories of the year

December 28, 2015 11:59 am ET

A new company jumps into implantable medical device polymers, Celanese forms a joint venture and we count down the top materials stories of the year.


Material Insights: Axiall, Lotte plan $2 billion ethylene plant

December 21, 2015 11:23 am ET

Axiall and Lotte Chemical plan ethylene plant, a resin distribution acquisition and old chemicals legislation might be finally getting an update.


Dow, DuPont executives discuss merger

December 14, 2015 1:31 pm ET

A breakdown of the Dow, DuPont merger, a smaller-scale materials deal and the lifting of sanctions opening up Iranian resin exports to Europe and Turkey.


Material Insights: Creating new markets and building more capacity

December 7, 2015 12:14 pm ET

BASF talks about how it develops new markets for existing products, A. Schulman expands in the Middle East with a joint venture and PET bottle resin continues its fall.


Material Insights: Demand, power outage drive PP prices higher

November 30, 2015 11:25 am ET

Polypropylene increased for the second straight month, Wellman Advanced Materials is planning to add thermoplastic polyolefin compounding capacity and Ampacet shows off new color palettes.