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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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