Proactive approach with resin can increase profits

December 10, 2014 12:29 pm ET

Since resins comprise roughly 45 percent of processors' operating costs, resin prices determine to a large extent how profitable and competitive processors are.


BASF breaks ground on R&D center in India

December 10, 2014 1:47 pm ET

In an effort to increase its footprint in the Asia Pacific region, German chemical company BASF SE broke ground on a new innovation campus in its Thane facility, on the outskirts of Mumbai.


TPE manufacturer Kraiburg planning Mexico subsidiary

December 10, 2014 12:58 pm ET

German thermoplastic elastomer compound maker Kraiburg TPE GmbH & Co. KG will open a wholly owned subsidiary in Mexico in 2015.


Study: Locally owned firms see fastest gains in China’s chemical market

December 9, 2014 8:59 am ET

Privately owned chemical companies in China are seeing the fastest sales growth, closing the technology gap with foreign-owned firms, according to a new study.


DSM launches R&D center in China

December 9, 2014 8:53 am ET

Royal DSM NV’s composite resin business has launched a R&D center in Nanjing.


Brazilian-owned buyer to reopen Ohio films plant

December 8, 2014 4:08 pm ET

UPDATED — The 70 workers at Dow Chemical Co.’s polyolefin films plant in Findlay, Ohio, have received an early Christmas present — the plant will remain open under new ownership rather than close as previously announced.


Performance Fibers sells Asian business to Indorama

December 8, 2014 2:29 pm ET

BANGKOK — Global petrochemicals producer Indorama Ventures PCL (IVL) has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Performance Fibers Asia, the Asian business of Performance Fibers.


Composites help Orion space capsule blast off, splash down safely

December 5, 2014 2:30 pm ET

Plastic composites replaced titanium in key components of the Orion space capsule, which both launched into and returned from space today.


A. Schulman doubling capacity in Dongguan

December 5, 2014 12:25 pm ET

Increased demand has led materials firm A. Schulman Inc. to double manufacturing capacity for masterbatch concentrates at its plant in Dongguan, China.


Companies scramble in wake of ongoing PEI resin shortage

December 4, 2014 4:50 pm ET

Shortages of high-performance resin polyetherimide could drag on for several months, according to Sabic Innovative Plastics, the only producer of the base resin.

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