Material Insights


Material Insights: Westlake Chemical increases its offer for Axiall

April 4, 2016 11:53 am ET

Axiall turns down an increased offer, resin prices fluctuate and Teknor Apex makes an acquisition.


Material Insights: Resin prices skyrocket

March 28, 2016 12:22 pm ET

Feedstock increases, strong demand and outages send commodity resin prices higher in March; a major acquisition; and Rogers Corp. reports higher sales, but lower profits.


DuPont helps turbocharge auto parts with thermoplastics

March 21, 2016 11:30 am ET

A private equity firm buys a majority share into Nexeo Solutions, DuPont joins in a collaboration for suction blow molding and A. Schulman revises its financial outlook.


Material Insights: Materials firms discuss Mexican market at Plastimagen

March 14, 2016 10:26 am ET

We catch up with a number of materials firms at Plastimagen in Mexico City to see what is attracting them to the Mexican market.


Material Insights: BASF considers DuPont bid

March 7, 2016 9:41 am ET

Reporting from Plastimagen, BASF is considering making a bid for DuPont, PolyOne expands in Mexico and PE joint venture in Mexico has started production.


Material Insights: Axiall sells two PVC business units

February 29, 2016 1:01 pm ET

Axiall sold two of its PVC related business units, resin prices decline and a color concentrates acquisition.


Material Insights: Axiall, Westlake fight continues

February 22, 2016 12:21 pm ET

Westlake Chemical's takeover bid fight for Axiall rages on, a European soccer star's company buys a bioplastics maker and Kathy Hall of PetroChem Wire talks about the market dynamics for ethylene and propylene.


Material Insights: Hospitals battling deadly bacteria with materials

February 15, 2016 6:00 am ET

Covestro discusses how they're helping the fight against deadly bacteria, Trineso expands global reach and PET bottle resin prices drop again.


Material Insights: Dow announces leadership changes

February 8, 2016 11:55 am ET

Dow Chemical Co. announced leadership changes, PolyOne Corp. buys a business unit from Kraton Polymers and Malaysia attempts to boost plastics recycling with an ad campaign.


Material Insights: Axiall rejects Westlake Chemical's takeover bid, again

February 1, 2016 12:21 pm ET

Resin prices were very active in January, and Westlake Chemical attempts a takeover bid for Axiall Corp.