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Material Insights: What's behind rising PVC and PP prices

February 3, 2014 1:41 pm ET

North American prices for PVC and polypropylene resin have come charging out of the gate in 2014. Find out why in this edition of Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Shareholder calls for Dow to spin off plastics

January 27, 2014 3:43 pm ET

Dow Chemical is receiving some unwanted attention from an unhappy shareholder. Check our Material Insights video report for news on a proposal to split the company.


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Material Insights: Auto show news, and PS resin increase

January 20, 2014 2:22 pm ET

DETROIT — Today's Material Insights video includes news from the North American International Auto Show, plus details behind a recent resin price hike.


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Material Insights: Volatility still plagues PP pricing

January 13, 2014 3:58 pm ET

Processors like to complain about volatile resin prices. But polypropylene prices were on a roller coaster throughout 2013, and they finished the year with a 4 cent-per-pound increase. Find out why in this edition of Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Three expansion projects and an acquisition

January 6, 2014 1:54 pm ET

Three expansion projects and an acquisition with U.S. and European ties are featured in this week's Material Insights video.


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Material Insights: The top materials stories of 2013

December 30, 2013 4:14 pm ET

Shale gas. A big acquisition that was finalized. Resin prices that rose, then fell. Which was the top materials-related news story of 2013? Watch this year-end edition of Material Insights for the answer.


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Major milestone for plastics in the shale gas era

December 23, 2013 1:00 pm ET

This week in Material Insights, we're highlighting a major milestone for plastics in the shale gas era.


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Distribution sector predicts robust 2014

December 16, 2013 4:05 pm ET

Executives at some of North America's largest resin distributors recently told Plastics News that they are looking forward to a robust 2014 as some of them admitted that this year fell a little short of their expectations. For this and more news from the plastics materials sector, watch this week's Material Insights video.


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Materials deals multiply as 2013 comes to a close

December 9, 2013 1:32 pm ET

Dow Chemical Co. is looking to make another big move away from its traditional businesses. The company announced on Dec. 2 that it would spin off its epoxy business as well as chlorine-related businesses. The story is featured in this week's Material Insights video.


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Material Insights: PET prices up, polypropylene down

December 2, 2013 4:27 pm ET

North American prices for PET bottle resin and polypropylene have moved in different directions lately. PET is up a net of 4 cents per pound since Aug. 1 following increases in August and September and a drop in October. The changes are featured in this week's Material Insights video.


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