Material Insights


Material Insights: Trends in distribution

September 21, 2015 9:06 am ET

A rising resin distribution market, BASF closing nylon production in Indiana and a road trip for bioplastics.


Material Insights: Mexico becomes materials hot spot

September 14, 2015 12:49 pm ET

Developments in the materials market in Mexico, Teknor Apex expects growth in Europe and a recycler is reporting higher profits following acquisition.


Material Insights: Folding composite wings a key feature in new Boeing 777

September 8, 2015 2:37 pm ET

The composite wings fold to fit in airports, resin prices drop and shale gas could lead to developments.


Material Insights: Scientists look to replace oil, gas as ethylene building blocks

August 31, 2015 12:16 pm ET

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are trying to make ethylene through photosynthesis, PE prices fall and another chemical explosion hits China.


Material Insights: Chemours, PolyOne closing plants

August 24, 2015 1:51 pm ET

Chemours and PolyOne both announced plant closings, but not all the materials news is negative, as Argentinian energy firm YPF is investing $122 million in two polypropylene businesses.


Material Insights: Firm fishes for new PHA uses

August 17, 2015 1:48 pm ET

Meredian Holdings Group started a commercial-scale fermenter for PHA bioplastics, explosions in China impact material supplies and a resin distributor files for bankruptcy.


Material Insights: Flurry of compounding acquisitions announced

August 10, 2015 1:22 pm ET

A new company says its developing a Barex resin alternative, three acquisitions in the compounding market and resin pricing changes are highlighted in Material Insights.


Material Insights: Solvay buys Cytec for $5.5 billion

August 3, 2015 12:18 pm ET

We take a look at the impact of the Solvay-Cytec deal, LyondellBasell reports profit and a resin distributor goes into the red-hot Mexican market.


Material Insights: Braskem to make leadership change

July 27, 2015 1:30 pm ET

After Braskem's chairman was indicted, the Brazilian company is looking to make changes, Dow Chemical Co. reports earnings and an acetal resin maker is awarded environmental standard.


Material Insights: Newlight inks mega deal for methane-based resin

July 20, 2015 12:58 pm ET

Newlight Technologies is banking on its methane-from-manure-based resin, Dow Chemical is building a new headquarters and a nylon resin maker is acquiring a resin compounder.