Material Insights


Material Insights: Taiwan's plastics industry investing heavily in medical

August 29, 2016 6:00 am ET

Taiwan's plastics industry is investing in the medical industry, Metabolix sells its bioplastics business and polypropylene is on the rise.


Material Insights: A. Schulman brings back former CEO amid turmoil

August 22, 2016 11:24 am ET

A. Schulman's former CEO is returning to the company, Dow Chemical Co. is making plans for the PE market and Nexeo Solutions' stock goes on a roller coaster ride.


Material Insights: Evonik wants to heal bones with composites

August 15, 2016 6:00 am ET

Researchers with Evonik Industries are looking at replacing metal and steel rods with biodegradable plastics in bone healing, A. Schulman lowers forecast and Rogers Corp. is moving.


Material Insights: Report details environmental benefits of plastics

August 8, 2016 11:36 am ET

An expert from the American Chemistry Council discusses a recent study pointing to the environmental benefits of plastics over other materials, we check in on materials sales and Aurora Plastics is bought.


Material Insights: LyondellBasell plans massive HDPE plant on U.S. Gulf Coast

August 1, 2016 11:36 am ET

PP prices drop a penny, LyondellBasell plans HDPE plant and researchers at Battelle Memorial Institute want to put more soy into plastics.


Material Insights: DuPont opens its largest compounding plant in China

July 25, 2016 11:13 am ET

DuPont Performance Materials opened its largest compounding plant in China, a Westlake Chemical ethylene site is back operating and Ancos grows its polymer tolling business.


Material Insights: A. Schulman pushes into Africa with French partner

July 18, 2016 11:41 am ET

A. Schulman moves into Africa, a look at the materials M&A market and a new report looks at bioplastics.


Material Insights: Recycling group critical of PET cans

July 11, 2016 11:48 am ET

The Association of Plastics Recyclers is concerned about PET cans, Dow Chemical Co. stops production on solar shingles and several resin prices changes.


Material Insights: Dow to slash 2,500 jobs while integrating Dow Corning

July 5, 2016 11:44 am ET

Dow Chemical Co. plans to cut jobs, A. Schulman files a lawsuit over Lucent Polymers and polymer students gather for a conference in Akron, Ohio.


Material Insights: Covestro's boss is 'disappointed' with Brexit vote

June 27, 2016 12:12 pm ET

Materials leaders react to the U.K. vote to leave the European Union, Braskem discusses projects in U.S. and Mexico, and F&D Plastics is expanding.