Material Insights

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Material Insights: Plethora of specialty plastics expansions announced

June 30, 2014 2:36 pm ET

Both in the United States and abroad, firms announced expansions in the specialty plastics market. Plus, a bittersweet sale in the bioplastics industry.


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Material Insights: Remembering plastics pioneer Stephanie Kwolek

June 23, 2014 2:27 pm ET

PP prices drop again, Dow gets involved in bringing more flexible packaging into the reuse and recycling stream and we remember plastics pioneer Stephanie Kwolek, the inventor of Kevlar, on this week's Materials Insights.


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Material Insights: Plastic manufacturer gets back into vinyl records

June 16, 2014 3:43 pm ET

A CD and DVD maker is turning back the clock and going back to vinyl, the materials distribution landscape changed with an acquisition and two firms select a site for a HDPE plant in this week's Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Leap made in bio-based PET replacement

June 9, 2014 1:03 pm ET

We take a look at two major compounding deals and Avantium looks to replace PET with PEF on this week's Material Insights.


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Material Insights: Hong Kong company makes toys out of bio-based plastics

June 2, 2014 2:22 pm ET

Resin prices drop for two key markets, there are large M&A deals and a look at the bio-based plastic toys are highlighted in this week's Material Insights.


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Material Insights: PVC film maker says material stacks up against 'green' products

May 27, 2014 1:15 pm ET

American Renolit discusses sustainability of PVC, compounders expand and PolyOne discusses a translucent compound for the medical catheter market.


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Material Insights: Possible Bayer MaterialScience buyers discussed

May 19, 2014 12:46 pm ET

Also this week, earnings are out for a major LDPE recycler in China and Celanese breaks ground on a new facility.


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Material Insights: China looks to coal for PE boom

May 12, 2014 12:33 pm ET

Polystyrene prices dip, a report on China's PE investments and concentrates capacity expanding in North America and Europe.


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Material Insights: Sustainability issues were front and center at Antec

May 5, 2014 1:13 pm ET

Also this week: resin prices drop and Bayer's CEO kicks around the new World Cup soccer ball made from materials from his company


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Material Insights: Chinaplas coverage, Dow earnings and Bayer possible sale

April 28, 2014 12:13 pm ET

Asian bureau chief Steve Toloken gives us a video tour of Chinaplas, and we look at Dow Chemical earnings and Bayer's possible exit from plastics this week on Material Insights.


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