Material Insights


Material Insights: Bioplastics firm goes public

April 6, 2015 12:47 pm ET

Bioplastic resin maker Solegear has gone public in Canada, PET resin makers cry foul over imported resin and pricing changes.


Material Insights: Firms announce capacity expansions at NPE

March 30, 2015 12:19 pm ET

Sabic and Eastman both made announcements at NPE, and we catch up with Americhem to discuss the company's nDuramax-brand UV stabilizers for polymeric films.


Material Insights: Materials news from NPE

March 22, 2015 7:31 pm ET

Metabolix Inc. and Honeywell International announce a bio-based microbead, news from Royal DSM NV and DuPont Co. is adding capacity for a specialty resin.


Material Insights: A. Schulman's CEO discusses why they bought Citadel Plastics

March 16, 2015 2:24 pm ET

A. Schulman purchases Citadel Plastics in a materials mega-deal, and some engineering resin prices drop along with PET bottle resin.


Material Insights: Huntsman closing plants

March 9, 2015 12:14 pm ET

Huntsman closures are part of a consolidation of its pigments and additives business, top executive at a PET resin leader has died and some expansion and acquisition news.


Material Insights: Experts discuss why resin demand is dipping while economy hums

March 2, 2015 3:04 pm ET

Demand for resin is lower and prices are dropping as the economy picks up. In addition, Solvay announces an expansion.


Material Insights: Coke touts PlantBottle successes

February 23, 2015 2:18 pm ET

Omnova Solutions and Barington Capital call a truce, Coke talks PlantBottle and a new color concentrates maker opens in Indiana.


Material Insights: Materials makers show up in force at Plastindia

February 17, 2015 11:57 am ET

Polyketone is going to make its return to the North American market, a report from Plastindia and several resins fall in price.


Material Insights: Experts discuss future of PE, PP pricing

February 9, 2015 11:42 am ET

Two experts discuss where the polyethylene and polypropylene markets are heading, and DuPont's fight with an activist investor is far from over.


Material Insights: Resin prices slide again, investor fights with Omnova

February 2, 2015 2:40 pm ET

Resin prices continue to tumble, we talk to Gary Landsettle of Ashland Performance Materials Asia Pacific about the changing market in China and activist investor Barington Capital continues to take on Omnova Solutions.