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IHS predicts growth in the developed countries


April 11, 2014 1:56 pm ET

The economic seers at consulting giant IHS Chemical lit some candles, burned some incense, polished a crystal ball and gazed into the future of the petrochemicals market at the firm's annual World Petrochemical Conference in Houston.

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TenCate forms high-performance resin partnership for future aerospace work


April 11, 2014 1:07 pm ET

Netherlands-headquartered TenCate Advanced Composites has partnered with high-performance resin supplier Performance Polymer Solutions Inc. to develop and market prepreg materials to the aerospace industry, TenCate announced April 11.

Former ExxonMobil BOPP equipment headed to auction


April 11, 2014 12:47 pm ET

Biaxially oriented polypropylene film equipment in Belleville, Ontario, formerly run by ExxonMobil Chemical Co. will be auctioned May 1.

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Lanxess launches new compounding plant in Brazil aimed at auto market


April 11, 2014 12:32 pm ET

Lanxess AG has officially opened its auto-oriented thermoplastics compounding plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil.

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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.

US, European investors begin a broader look at Asia beyond China


April 10, 2014 3:01 pm ET

Interest in Southeast Asia as a global manufacturing alternative to China is growing, as multinational companies look for a safety valve to China's rising costs.

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3-D printer maker Stratasys buys compounder for material expertise


April 10, 2014 2:08 pm ET

Fresh off its purchase of two additive manufacturing service providers, 3-D printing equipment maker Stratasys Ltd. has purchased a plastics materials specialist: Interfacial Solutions LLC of River Falls, Wis.

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PVC prices rise 3 cents, PET drops a penny


April 10, 2014 1:56 pm ET

North American prices for PVC and PET resins traveled in different directions in March, with PVC rising by an average of 3 cents per pound and PET sliding by a penny.

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Plastic components featured in new solar-powered plane project


April 10, 2014 1:45 pm ET

Bayer MaterialScience AG and Solvay Group are supplying plastic materials for the new Solar Impulse ultralight plane in preparation for the first fuel-free around-the-world flight.

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Borealis increasing XLPE capacity


April 9, 2014 2:17 pm ET

Polyolefins producer Borealis AG is planning to increase capacity for cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) compounds at its Stenungsund facility in Sweden.

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