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Material Insights: Commerical production of antibacterial polymers begins

September 15, 2014 1:55 pm ET

PET bottle resin prices rise, we talk shale gas and antibacterial polymers.


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Material Insights: Solvay buys Ryton from Chevron Phillips

September 8, 2014 12:52 pm ET

A. Schulman continues its acquisition streak, a researcher in Ohio wins a grant for her halogen-free synthetic rubber and we break down the Ryton deal.


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Material Insights: Nova Chemicals breaks ground for PE research

September 2, 2014 1:06 pm ET

Polypropylene prices climb 5 cents, Nova Chemicals expanding research center and Sinopec licenses technology to a U.S. plant.


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Material Insights: Firm investing in new polymer technology

August 25, 2014 1:05 pm ET

Investment group wants to make Northeast Ohio the Silicon Valley of the plastics industry; shale gas revolution is headed overseas; and recycled HDPE prices rise.


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Material Insights: PolyOne shows off material to designers

August 18, 2014 12:39 pm ET

PolyOne takes its shape memory polymers to a designers conference, PET resin prices rise and Lanxess announces expansion.


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Material Insights: PE makers look for price increase

August 11, 2014 1:40 pm ET

Also this week, an explosion could impact resin markers in parts of Asia and a price increase hits the solid PS market.


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Material Insights: Sales of commodity resins mostly down

August 4, 2014 2:56 pm ET

The first half of 2014 showed mixed results for resins, a materials-related IPO goes well and news of resin expansion in Germany.


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Material Insights: Bioplastics firms win government funding

July 28, 2014 12:51 pm ET

Also this week, a study takes a look plastic at the ocean surface and comes away with a surprise finding, and new materials capacity announced.


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Material Insights: PE makers declare force majeure

July 21, 2014 1:53 pm ET

Plus, changes in PET bottle resin price, PolyOne closing facilities and CCP Composites gets bought.


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Material Insights: Watching recycler turn PS waste into molding, frames

July 14, 2014 2:36 pm ET

This week, we head inside the world's largest purchaser and end-user of scrap polystyrene, break down the change in the ownership mix of Mexican materials firm Polioles and more materials capacity in Belgium and Argentina.


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