Reward offered following theft of 500 metric tons of HDPE

February 28, 2014 10:17 am ET

Polymer distributor Biesterfeld Petroplas is offering a reward of up to £50,000 ($85,500) for help in finding 500 metric tons of polyethylene stolen from a warehouse last weekend.

Shale gas may boost PP’s packaging share

November 19, 2013 1:34 pm ET

ATLANTA — The U.S. shale gas boom will result in increased production of polyethylene and polypropylene, once additional cracking capacity comes on line, said Joel Morales, polyolefins director at IHS Chemical in Houston.


Major plastics projects slated for Appalachia

November 18, 2013 12:55 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — Big plans for plastic projects in Appalachia are featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week we report details of Shell Chemical's plans to build a petrochemical site near Pittsburgh as well as news that...

Sealed Air sheds rigid medical packaging unit

November 13, 2013 3:23 pm ET

Sealed Air Corp. is exiting the rigid medical packaging market. The firm announced Nov. 13 that it has agreed to sell the business to private equity firm Mason Wells Buyout Fund III LP of Milwaukee, Wis.


Shale gas expected to bring gains to plastics market

November 11, 2013 1:21 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — Expectations of plastics market gains from shale gas are featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week, we report on expansions by Rextac LLC and Advanced Composites Inc., as well as news that resin distribution ...

Shandong Rike eyes factory, products to fight slowdown

October 28, 2013 3:49 pm ET

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — Chinese additive maker Shandong Rike Chemical Co. Ltd. is hoping that a new facility making acrylic chlorinated polyethylene modifiers and other new products it launched at K 2013 can help it overcome softness in China's construction market that dented earnings in the first half of the year.


Ineos pact with union saves plant in Scotland

October 28, 2013 2:14 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — A late reprieve for a major European polyethylene plant is featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week we report on Ravago Group's acquisition of resin distributor A-Top Polymers Inc., as well as news of new...


K recycling teams work behind scene

October 24, 2013 11:44 am ET

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — All sorts of plastics machinery churn out all sorts of products minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day at K 2013. The work to recycle these products takes place behind halls 5, 8, 11, 14 and 17 in an effort...

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