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Material Insights: Bioplastics firms win government funding

July 28, 2014 12:51 pm ET

Also this week, a study takes a look plastic at the ocean surface and comes away with a surprise finding, and new materials capacity announced.


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Material Insights: PE makers declare force majeure

July 21, 2014 1:53 pm ET

Plus, changes in PET bottle resin price, PolyOne closing facilities and CCP Composites gets bought.


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Material Insights: Watching recycler turn PS waste into molding, frames

July 14, 2014 2:36 pm ET

This week, we head inside the world's largest purchaser and end-user of scrap polystyrene, break down the change in the ownership mix of Mexican materials firm Polioles and more materials capacity in Belgium and Argentina.


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Material Insights: Major merger might be on hold

July 7, 2014 12:51 pm ET

Solid polystyrene prices fall and a liquid colorants producer looks to expand in Tennessee, all this week on 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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