Material Insights

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Material Insights: Experts discuss future of PE, PP pricing

February 9, 2015 11:42 am ET

Two experts discuss where the polyethylene and polypropylene markets are heading, and DuPont's fight with an activist investor is far from over.


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Material Insights: Resin prices slide again, investor fights with Omnova

February 2, 2015 2:40 pm ET

Resin prices continue to tumble, we talk to Gary Landsettle of Ashland Performance Materials Asia Pacific about the changing market in China and activist investor Barington Capital continues to take on Omnova Solutions.


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Material Insights: PP production issues, preparing for NPE

January 26, 2015 1:38 pm ET

Production problems in Texas add more complication for polypropylene, Entek has new equipment ready to show compounders at NPE and we take a look ahead at color trends.


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Material Insights: PP prices drop again, experts talk plastic materials in autos

January 20, 2015 9:44 am ET

Experts talk plastics in the automotive market and as PP prices fall again, we take a look at if the trend will continue.


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Material Insights: Ford, Dow Chemical JV working toward better carbon fiber

January 12, 2015 12:53 pm ET

President Obama and Vice President Biden stop by a color and concentrates maker, PE and PS prices dip, and Ford and Dow announce partnership at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.


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Material Insights: Solvay completes Ryton purchase

January 5, 2015 2:25 pm ET

Solvay and Chevron Phillips complete Ryton deal, Sabic adding capacity in New York and Plastindia move appears set.


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Material Insights: Hexpol jumps into North American market with acquisition

December 29, 2014 1:11 pm ET

Compounder RheTech is sold, Ferro gets out of the polymer additives business and EPA issues regulations on a phthalate used in PVC production.


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Material Insights: Sabic explains Ultem shortage

December 22, 2014 6:00 am ET

A recycler says new machinery will make it more efficient, a compounder will expand in Ohio, Chevron Phillips Chemical announces a pilot plant and Sabic talks Ultem.


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Material Insights: DuPont selling iconic material

December 15, 2014 11:53 am ET

An Israeli compounder is opening a plant in the United States, a compounder buys plants, a PPS resin maker is cutting production because of financial problems and DuPont is selling its Neoprene business.


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Material Insights: Global shortage of high-performance resin could extend to mid-2015

December 8, 2014 2:27 pm ET

Shortage of Ultem has processors scrambling, some resin pricing changes and composites blast into space.