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Survey: New resins required to meet evolving industry needs


March 23, 2015 9:14 am ET

The work of materials firms is far from over, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by DuPont Co. and Plastics News.

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Hall of Fame: Norwood honored for his invention of the loop reactor


March 22, 2015 6:00 am ET

Donald Norwood's invention in 1957 of the loop reactor to produce polyethylene slashed production costs by 70 to 80 percent, and the material spread through nearly every conceivable type of package.

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Proposed Cardia-Stellar merger labeled 'not fair,' but still 'reasonable'


March 20, 2015 10:34 am ET

If the proposed merger of two Australian bioplastics companies goes ahead, the new company will be called Secos Group Ltd. and have annual sales of about A$27 million (US$21 million).

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Resin prices continue downward slide


March 20, 2015 6:00 am ET

The plastic resin market may not be known for its limbo dancers — but buyers continue to look at prices and sing out: How low will they go?

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Citadel purchase will nearly double A. Schulman's US sales


March 19, 2015 12:06 pm ET

Materials firm A. Schulman Inc. has kept its buying streak alive with its biggest deal yet — acquiring compounder and composites maker Citadel Plastics Holdings Inc. for $800 million.

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Solvay, Ineos to divest some operations as part of Inovyn JV process


March 19, 2015 9:58 am ET

Brussels-based Solvay SA and Ineos Group AG will sell off some of their assets to International Chemical Investors Group SE as part of the move to create the Inovyn joint venture for their European chlorvinyls operations.

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Pricing pressure, oil slump hit auto compounder China XD


March 17, 2015 11:34 am ET

Mounting pricing pressure from downstream and plunging oil prices have dampened China XD Plastics Co. Ltd.'s performance, pushing it to diversify into other end markets and overseas.

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Entec Polymers adds more LyondellBasell specialty resins


March 17, 2015 10:23 am ET

Entec Polymers now is distributing Catalloy, Polybutene-1 and Koattro specialty resins for LyondellBasell Industries.

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DSM spinning off composites resins and feedstocks business


March 16, 2015 2:31 pm ET

UPDATED: Royal DSM NV will spin off its business units that make composite resins — as well as plastic feedstocks caprolactam and acrylonitrile — into a separate company.

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A. Schulman buying Citadel for $800 million


March 16, 2015 9:00 am ET

Materials firm A. Schulman Inc. has kept its buying streak alive with its biggest deal yet – acquiring compounder and composites maker Citadel Plastics Holdings Inc. for $800 million.

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