Material Insights


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.


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.


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.


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.


Material Insights: Lower oil prices help drive down PE resin

December 1, 2014 12:10 pm ET

We break down the PE price drop, an expansion for Penn Color and an acquisition for PolyOne on this week's Material Insights.


Material Insights: Evonik attempts to replace microbeads

November 24, 2014 11:48 am ET

News on a plant opening, a plant closing and an investor's cease fire with Dow Chemical, this week on Material Insights.


Material Insights: Dow moving forward with capacity expansions

November 17, 2014 11:31 am ET

Dow has expansions planned in North and South America, Braskem's acquisition gets a regulatory veto and a trans-Atlantic PET deal this week on Material Insights.


Material Insights: Bioplastics firms get funding, announce projects

November 10, 2014 12:42 pm ET

A number of PLA companies make news this week, plus one of America's smallest polypropylene plants is closing.


Material Insights: Resin companies expected to be in full force at NPE

November 3, 2014 12:13 pm ET

SPI says material makers will be very present at NPE 2015, several pricing changes for resins and an Italian compounder comes to the United States.


Material Insights: Firms announce expansions, strong financial results

October 27, 2014 1:07 pm ET

Strong fiscal 2014 financials were announced for one materials firm while two others announce capacity expansions this week on Material Insights.