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Material Insights: China looks to coal for PE boom

May 12, 2014 12:33 pm ET

Polystyrene prices dip, a report on China's PE investments and concentrates capacity expanding in North America and Europe.


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Material Insights: Sustainability issues were front and center at Antec

May 5, 2014 1:13 pm ET

Also this week: resin prices drop and Bayer's CEO kicks around the new World Cup soccer ball made from materials from his company


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Material Insights: Chinaplas coverage, Dow earnings and Bayer possible sale

April 28, 2014 12:13 pm ET

Asian bureau chief Steve Toloken gives us a video tour of Chinaplas, and we look at Dow Chemical earnings and Bayer's possible exit from plastics this week on Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Shell Chemical meets with residents

April 21, 2014 2:16 pm ET

Power outage at a PE plant and the return of a PVC feedstock plant after a fire on this week's Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Price changes for PVC and PET

April 14, 2014 4:08 pm ET

Let's hope that North American PVC resin buyers have their seatbelts fastened. Prices for that material shot up 3 cents per pound for the third straight month in March. We'll talk about that, and more pricing news for PET, in today's Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Polypropylene prices dip

April 7, 2014 2:06 pm ET

In this week's Material Insights, we discuss why North American prices for polypropylene resin ticked down another penny in March.


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Material Insights: Shale gas signals renaissance for chemicals and plastics

March 31, 2014 4:04 pm ET

In today's Material Insights video, we have a report from the IHS World Petrochemical conference in Houston, plus news on a major plastics recycling closing its doors.


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Material Insights: Ineos-Sinopec dispute, Housewares highlights

March 24, 2014 1:07 pm ET

Lawsuits are flying between materials firm Ineos Group and state-owned Chinese oil and petrochemicals maker Sinopec. We cover that, plus highlights from last week's housewares show in Chicago, in today's Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Take a break from your NCAA pool

March 17, 2014 2:20 pm ET

Put down your bracket sheets and close that ESPN window on your computer. It's time to talk about the week's top materials-related stories. This week's video includes news about PolyOne Corp, Westlake Chemical Corp. and Eastman Chemical Co.


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Material Insights: Pricing changes, biomaterial innovations

March 10, 2014 8:16 am ET

Resin pricing activity showed no signs of slowing down in February. Details on changes for suspension PVC, solid polystyrene and PET bottle resin, plus a report from the Innovation Takes Root conference, in this edition of Material Insights.


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