Material Insights

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Materials Insight: Experts talk materials at Global Plastics Summit

October 6, 2014 12:48 pm ET

Rising polyethylene resin prices, and the future of various other markets were the hot topic at the Global Plastics Summit, and one industry leader is stepping down.


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Material Insights: Vladimir Putin helps open Russian PVC plant

September 29, 2014 2:44 pm ET

Plus, we take an in-depth look at several resin pricing changes, along with news from LyondellBasell.


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Material Insights: Spinoffs, expansions for Bayer, DuPont, others

September 22, 2014 2:01 pm ET

DuPont is pressured to do something similar, and several companies announce expansions.


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Material Insights: Commerical production of antibacterial polymers begins

September 15, 2014 1:55 pm ET

PET bottle resin prices rise, we talk shale gas and antibacterial polymers.


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Material Insights: Solvay buys Ryton from Chevron Phillips

September 8, 2014 12:52 pm ET

A. Schulman continues its acquisition streak, a researcher in Ohio wins a grant for her halogen-free synthetic rubber and we break down the Ryton deal.


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Material Insights: Nova Chemicals breaks ground for PE research

September 2, 2014 1:06 pm ET

Polypropylene prices climb 5 cents, Nova Chemicals expanding research center and Sinopec licenses technology to a U.S. plant.


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Material Insights: Firm investing in new polymer technology

August 25, 2014 1:05 pm ET

Investment group wants to make Northeast Ohio the Silicon Valley of the plastics industry; shale gas revolution is headed overseas; and recycled HDPE prices rise.


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Material Insights: PolyOne shows off material to designers

August 18, 2014 12:39 pm ET

PolyOne takes its shape memory polymers to a designers conference, PET resin prices rise and Lanxess announces expansion.


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Material Insights: PE makers look for price increase

August 11, 2014 1:40 pm ET

Also this week, an explosion could impact resin markers in parts of Asia and a price increase hits the solid PS market.


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Material Insights: Sales of commodity resins mostly down

August 4, 2014 2:56 pm ET

The first half of 2014 showed mixed results for resins, a materials-related IPO goes well and news of resin expansion in Germany.


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