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Material Insights: Plastic manufacturer gets back into vinyl records

June 16, 2014 3:43 pm ET

A CD and DVD maker is turning back the clock and going back to vinyl, the materials distribution landscape changed with an acquisition and two firms select a site for a HDPE plant in this week's Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Leap made in bio-based PET replacement

June 9, 2014 1:03 pm ET

We take a look at two major compounding deals and Avantium looks to replace PET with PEF on this week's Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Hong Kong company makes toys out of bio-based plastics

June 2, 2014 2:22 pm ET

Resin prices drop for two key markets, there are large M&A deals and a look at the bio-based plastic toys are highlighted in this week's Material Insights.


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Material Insights: PVC film maker says material stacks up against 'green' products

May 27, 2014 1:15 pm ET

American Renolit discusses sustainability of PVC, compounders expand and PolyOne discusses a translucent compound for the medical catheter market.


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Material Insights: Possible Bayer MaterialScience buyers discussed

May 19, 2014 12:46 pm ET

Also this week, earnings are out for a major LDPE recycler in China and Celanese breaks ground on a new facility.


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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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