Material Insights


Material Insights: Demand, power outage drive PP prices higher

November 30, 2015 11:25 am ET

Polypropylene increased for the second straight month, Wellman Advanced Materials is planning to add thermoplastic polyolefin compounding capacity and Ampacet shows off new color palettes.


Material Insights: Materials makers push to replace Barex

November 23, 2015 11:13 am ET

Topas Advanced Polymers and MSM Poly are both moving in to become a Barex replacement, Americhem is opening a new technical center and Elasto Sweden adds a production line.


Material Insights: Ineos plans to export ethane to Scotland

November 16, 2015 12:31 pm ET

Ineos signs a deal to send ethane from the U.S. to Scotland, an Indian machinery maker develops applications for jute/polypropylene compounds, and a report on global growth for bioplastics.


Material Insights: New owner for Thornton, changes at DuPont

November 9, 2015 12:23 pm ET

Changes are in the air as Thornton prepares for new ownership, DuPont shifts business units and prices drop for PVC and PET.


Material Insights: Processors, experts talk new resin capacity

November 2, 2015 11:35 am ET

New resin capacity was on the minds of attendees, speakers at the Global Plastics Summit, and Dow Chemical Co. announces a new product.


Material Insights: A. Schulman closing plants in Indiana

October 26, 2015 11:23 am ET

A. Schulman is closing three of its seven plants in Evansville, Ind., force majeure on polypropylene is partially to blame for an increase in the resin price and Amco Polymers discusses clear polymers.


Material Insights: Material makers drive into automotive markets at Fakuma

October 19, 2015 9:17 am ET

Materials companies tout automotive uses at the Fakuma trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany.


Material Insights: Covestro plans big trade show debut at Fakuma

October 12, 2015 6:00 am ET

Straight from the trade fair floor at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany, we have news on Covestro and what's behind Sabic's move out of Pittsfield, Mass.


Material Insights: Covestro lowers IPO estimates

October 5, 2015 11:53 am ET

PS, PET bottle resin prices drop, Covestro alters IPO and Ineos buys an aromatics division.


Material Insights: PE, PP resin prices drop again

September 28, 2015 11:56 am ET

All grades of PE drop, while PP takes its third straight monthly decline. Also this week, Kraton makes a billion dollar move into renewable specialty chemicals and Sabic Innovative Plastics is closing a plant.