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India's plastics sector dealing with growth, challenges

February 12, 2014 4:02 pm ET

In spite of India’s recent economic downturn, there was optimism at the recent Plastivision trade show in Mumbai. Plastics consumption in India is expected to double by 2020, to 20 million metric tons. Major end use markets like automobiles are growing. Car production in India is expected to also double to 6 million a year in that time. Plast...


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Materials-related highlights from the International Builders Show

February 10, 2014 2:38 pm ET

Prices for solid polystyrene and PET bottle resin were headed in different directions in January. We'll talk about why, plus catch up on materials-related highlights from last week's International Builders Show, in this edition of Material Insights.


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Material Insights: What's behind rising PVC and PP prices

February 3, 2014 1:41 pm ET

North American prices for PVC and polypropylene resin have come charging out of the gate in 2014. Find out why in this edition of Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Shareholder calls for Dow to spin off plastics

January 27, 2014 3:43 pm ET

Dow Chemical is receiving some unwanted attention from an unhappy shareholder. Check our Material Insights video report for news on a proposal to split the company.


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Material Insights: Auto show news, and PS resin increase

January 20, 2014 2:22 pm ET

DETROIT — Today's Material Insights video includes news from the North American International Auto Show, plus details behind a recent resin price hike.


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Material Insights: Volatility still plagues PP pricing

January 13, 2014 3:58 pm ET

Processors like to complain about volatile resin prices. But polypropylene prices were on a roller coaster throughout 2013, and they finished the year with a 4 cent-per-pound increase. Find out why in this edition of Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Three expansion projects and an acquisition

January 6, 2014 1:54 pm ET

Three expansion projects and an acquisition with U.S. and European ties are featured in this week's Material Insights video.


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Material Insights: The top materials stories of 2013

December 30, 2013 4:14 pm ET

Shale gas. A big acquisition that was finalized. Resin prices that rose, then fell. Which was the top materials-related news story of 2013? Watch this year-end edition of Material Insights for the answer.


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Major milestone for plastics in the shale gas era

December 23, 2013 1:00 pm ET

This week in Material Insights, we're highlighting a major milestone for plastics in the shale gas era.


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Detroit SPE makes annual toy donation

December 20, 2013 2:28 pm ET

In 2000, two members of the Society of Plastics Engineers' Detroit chapter — Don Root of Uniplas Inc. and Bob Fischer of American Plastic Toys Inc. — brainstormed an idea for the section to collaborate on a toy donation. Now in its 13th year, SPE has donated more than 420,000 toys, which would be worth more than $1 million at stores. Wa...


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