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Producers urge booming Brazilian housing market to use EPS


April 18, 2014 1:08 pm ET

Leaders in Brazil's plastics industry are asking lawmakers to mandate the use of expandable polystyrene (the raw material for expanded EPS) in new construction, but say it's an uphill battle despite the energy and construction savings that EPS...

JM Eagle reopens shuttered Colorado plant with 8 PVC lines


April 18, 2014 1:02 pm ET

JM Eagle has reopened its Pueblo, Colo., plant with eight PVC pipe extrusion lines back in operation following an 18-month shutdown.

New Tigre, ADS JV aims to open more doors for Tigre in US


April 16, 2014 12:15 pm ET

A new joint venture between Tigre S.A. Brazil, a leading PVC pipe maker, and Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., the world's largest high-density polyethylene pipe producer, seeks to open more doors into North American markets for the Latin American company.

Associated Materials Group withdraws plan for initial public offering


April 16, 2014 10:16 am ET

Associated Materials Group Inc. of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, a manufacturer and distributor of exterior residential building products in the United States and Canada, has withdrawn its plan for an initial public offering.

Sika expands polyurethane production in South Korea with plant purchase


April 16, 2014 9:52 am ET

Switzerland-based Sika AG has bought a factory in Gunsan, South Korea, to strengthen its locally produced polyurethane flooring and coating range, the firm said in a statement.

Vi-Lux expands capacity, with room already laid out for future growth


April 15, 2014 2:00 pm ET

Vi-Lux Building Products Inc. just expanded its extrusion capacity by 15 percent — and while work crews were inside the Napanee, Ontario, factory, they set the stage for the business to grow again.

Polypipe shares rise on opening day of IPO


April 15, 2014 11:06 am ET

Polypipe Group plc saw its share prices rise during its first day of public trading on the London Stock Exchange, rising from 245 pence ($4.10) to 250 pence ($4.18.)

CertainTeed and Saint-Gobain go green with new North American HQ


April 14, 2014 1:24 pm ET

Renovation work is ready to begin on a LEED-certified headquarters for building materials maker Saint-Gobain and its subsidiary, CertainTeed Corp., which will be moving from their current base in Valley Forge, Pa., nearby to the former HQ for Aegon Group in Malvern, Pa.

Chinese plastic pipe production grows 10 percent


April 14, 2014 1:21 pm ET

KUNMING, CHINA — China’s plastic pipe production grew 10 percent last year, to 12.1 million metric tons, fueled by increasing urbanization, expansion of rural drinking water systems and government spending on infrastructure, according to statistics from a Chinese pipe industry group.

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BASF's new products for Chinaplas will focus on R&D for the region


April 10, 2014 3:14 pm ET

The plastics industry in China is growing at a faster rate than its gross domestic product, and BASF SE officials believe there is growing consumer demand for sustainable products.

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