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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.