Material Insights


Material Insights: Chinaplas kicks off with materials news

May 18, 2015 12:30 pm ET

Material Insights is on location at Chinaplas 2015, and the show kicked off with some materials-related news, including a compounder moving to a more sustainable facility.


Material Insights: Braskem CEO discusses challenges in Brazilian market

May 11, 2015 1:16 pm ET

Braskem CEO sits down with Plastics News at Feiplastic, a fire at a compounder is being treated as arson and BASF expands in China.


Material Insights: No one injured at major compounding plant fire

May 4, 2015 2:11 pm ET

Teknor Apex said all employees were safe after a fire in a plant in England, resin pricing rollercoaster continues, Braskem hints at big North American plans and Nova Chemicals announces CEO.


New possible players in US shale fields

April 27, 2015 2:07 pm ET

One new joint venture makes plans to take advantage of shale gas in the U.S. Appalachian region while another JV may drop out. Plus there are new investments in Louisiana and Florida in this week's Materials Insights.


Nylon 6/6 supplies might tighten as force majeure declared

April 20, 2015 1:37 pm ET

Invista declares force majeure on nylon 6/6 and feedstocks, and update on force majeure issues in Europe. Plus management changes at Star Thermoplastics.


Material Insights: Trade groups criticize rash of force majeure declarations

April 13, 2015 11:59 am ET

As supplies tighten in Europe, trade groups question force majeure declarations, and three firms announce global expansion plans.


Material Insights: Bioplastics firm goes public

April 6, 2015 12:47 pm ET

Bioplastic resin maker Solegear has gone public in Canada, PET resin makers cry foul over imported resin and pricing changes.


Material Insights: Firms announce capacity expansions at NPE

March 30, 2015 12:19 pm ET

Sabic and Eastman both made announcements at NPE, and we catch up with Americhem to discuss the company's nDuramax-brand UV stabilizers for polymeric films.


Material Insights: Materials news from NPE

March 22, 2015 7:31 pm ET

Metabolix Inc. and Honeywell International announce a bio-based microbead, news from Royal DSM NV and DuPont Co. is adding capacity for a specialty resin.


Material Insights: A. Schulman's CEO discusses why they bought Citadel Plastics

March 16, 2015 2:24 pm ET

A. Schulman purchases Citadel Plastics in a materials mega-deal, and some engineering resin prices drop along with PET bottle resin.