Material Insights


Material Insights: Polypropylene prices increase 2 cents

January 4, 2016 11:59 am ET

Buyers are seeing increases of 2 or 3 cents per pound for PP, DuPont Co. is cutting staff and a new masterbatch facility is planned in India.


Material Insights: Counting down the top materials stories of the year

December 28, 2015 11:59 am ET

A new company jumps into implantable medical device polymers, Celanese forms a joint venture and we count down the top materials stories of the year.


Material Insights: Axiall, Lotte plan $2 billion ethylene plant

December 21, 2015 11:23 am ET

Axiall and Lotte Chemical plan ethylene plant, a resin distribution acquisition and old chemicals legislation might be finally getting an update.


Dow, DuPont executives discuss merger

December 14, 2015 1:31 pm ET

A breakdown of the Dow, DuPont merger, a smaller-scale materials deal and the lifting of sanctions opening up Iranian resin exports to Europe and Turkey.


Material Insights: Creating new markets and building more capacity

December 7, 2015 12:14 pm ET

BASF talks about how it develops new markets for existing products, A. Schulman expands in the Middle East with a joint venture and PET bottle resin continues its fall.


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.