Material Insights


Material Insights: Honeywell spinning off nylon 6 business

May 16, 2016 11:26 am ET

Honeywell announces plans to spin off its chemicals and nylon businesses, Ascend Performance Materials is hitting the brakes on its PDH propylene project and PolyOne announces earnings, title addition for its CEO.


Material Insights: Axiall, Westlake board fight set for June

May 9, 2016 11:38 am ET

Axiall shareholders will vote on board of directors in June, solid PS prices up 5 cents per pound and Maroon Group buys U.S. Chemicals.


Material Insights: Resin prices fluctuate in April

May 2, 2016 12:39 pm ET

Resin prices fluctuate, worker killed at Nova Chemicals construction site and Polyplastics expanding.


DuPont remains bullish on China

April 25, 2016 12:23 pm ET

We have coverage from Chinaplas where DuPont discusses the Chinese market and Eastman Chemical announces a partnership. In other news, the death toll from an explosion in Mexico has risen.


Material Insights: Covestro increases aggressive sustainability goal

April 18, 2016 10:54 am ET

Covestro increases aggressive sustainability goal, PolyOne expands capacity and Quadrant buys Piper Plastics.


Material Insights: A. Schulman seeks millions over alleged falsified tests

April 11, 2016 11:58 am ET

A. Schulman is seeking millions over what it calls falsified tests from Lucent Polymers, metal scrap recyclers discuss plastics recycling and a resin market outlook.


Material Insights: Westlake Chemical increases its offer for Axiall

April 4, 2016 11:53 am ET

Axiall turns down an increased offer, resin prices fluctuate and Teknor Apex makes an acquisition.


Material Insights: Resin prices skyrocket

March 28, 2016 12:22 pm ET

Feedstock increases, strong demand and outages send commodity resin prices higher in March; a major acquisition; and Rogers Corp. reports higher sales, but lower profits.


DuPont helps turbocharge auto parts with thermoplastics

March 21, 2016 11:30 am ET

A private equity firm buys a majority share into Nexeo Solutions, DuPont joins in a collaboration for suction blow molding and A. Schulman revises its financial outlook.


Material Insights: Materials firms discuss Mexican market at Plastimagen

March 14, 2016 10:26 am ET

We catch up with a number of materials firms at Plastimagen in Mexico City to see what is attracting them to the Mexican market.