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Polystyrene prices on 3-month roller coaster

November 25, 2013 1:10 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — Recent changes in North American polystyrene resin pricing are featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week, we report on a pair of increases to compounding and concentrate capacity in the southern U.S., as well as news that Plastics Color Corp. has added a pair of new twin-screw extrusion lines at its plant i...


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Major plastics projects slated for Appalachia

November 18, 2013 12:55 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — Big plans for plastic projects in Appalachia are featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week we report details of Shell Chemical's plans to build a petrochemical site near Pittsburgh as well as news that Braskem Idesa's plans to open a major petrochemical site in Mexico are on track.


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Shale gas expected to bring gains to plastics market

November 11, 2013 1:21 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — Expectations of plastics market gains from shale gas are featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week, we report on expansions by Rextac LLC and Advanced Composites Inc., as well as news that resin distribution leader Ravago Holdings Americas has formed a business channel focused on bulk commodity resin sales ...


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Material Insights: PP, PVC resin prices decline in October

November 4, 2013 2:25 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — Recent North American price declines for polypropylene and suspension PVC resins are featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week we report on big moves by DuPont Co. and Mexichem SAB de CV, as well as news that investor Sunil Kumar and his daughter Monica have bought nylon resin maker and compounder Nylon Cor...


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Ineos pact with union saves plant in Scotland

October 28, 2013 2:14 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — A late reprieve for a major European polyethylene plant is featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week we report on Ravago Group's acquisition of resin distributor A-Top Polymers Inc., as well as news of new resin and feedstock capacity from a trio of firms.


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K 2013 edition: Dow Chemical debuts a new material at K

October 21, 2013 7:21 am ET

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — A new material debut from Dow Chemical Co. is featured in this week's Material Insights video from K 2013 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Also this week, we report on a new plant opening and new sustainability goals, as well as news of a new range of bio-based polymeric modifiers for PVC compounds from Metabolix Inc.


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Bulk Molding Compounds plans Chinese plant

October 14, 2013 1:21 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — A new Chinese plant planned by Bulk Molding Compounds Inc. is featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week, we report that recycling leader KW Plastics has been approved to make reusable crates or pallets, as well as news that U.S. materials firm Invista and British specialty chemicals maker Ingenza Ltd. have ...


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Laurel Biocomposite opens new bioplastics plant in Nebraska

October 7, 2013 1:10 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — The opening of a new bioplastics plant in Nebraska is featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week we report two plastics additives deals as well as news that NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected the presence of propylene on Saturn's moon Titan.


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PE resin prices rose 5 cents per pound in September

September 30, 2013 12:05 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — A pricing hike for North American polyethylene is featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week, we report another carbon fiber composite deal for Japanese materials firm Toray Industries Inc., as well as news that Mexian petrochemical giant Alpek SAB de CV has formed a joint venture to build a PET resin and fe...


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Dow Chemical cancels plans to sell additives unit

September 23, 2013 12:31 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — Dow Chemical Co.'s decision not to sell its plastics additives business is featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week, we report on Americas Styrenics' declaration of force majeure on polystyrene resin, as well as news of Clariant AG opening a design lab at its color concentrates plant in West Chicago, Ill.


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