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South America to be key market for global PE exports through 2018


September 13, 2013 4:30 pm ET

SÃO PAULO — South America will be the key market for North American polyethylene producers to focus exports over the next half decade, as regional demand is projected to rise nearly 5 percent per year through 2018 while production capacity remains stagnant, according to IHS Inc.

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PP resin prices surge, PE prices fall flat


September 9, 2013 1:02 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — A polypropylene price increase and an usually flat period for polyethylene pricing are featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week, we report another acquisition for A. Schulman, as well as news of a new shale ...

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PP prices up 5 cents in Aug., PE prices remain flat


September 5, 2013 1:58 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — Polypropylene buyers are worked up because something is happening, while polyethylene buyers are worked up because nothing is happening. Welcome to the North American resin market!

Centennial's CenFuse PE pipe earns special NSF certification


August 29, 2013 12:59 pm ET

Centennial Plastics Inc. is the first company to earn certification that its CenFuse geothermal pipes meet minimum performance and safety standards set for polyethylene pipe and fittings for water-based ground-source heat-pump systems.

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More endangered sea turtles ingesting plastic


August 26, 2013 2:32 pm ET

There are almost twice as many endangered green sea turtles swallowing plastic than were 25 years ago, according to an Australia study. The debris they ingest includes plastic bags and bits of plastic milk and drink bottles, plastic buckets and...

Alpha boosting production


August 16, 2013 2:41 pm ET

ST. LOUIS — Blow molder Alpha Packaging Inc. is adding new machines to support its new Pharma line of high density polyethylene containers.

WL Plastics opens HDPE pipe plant in S.D.


August 16, 2013 2:12 pm ET

RAPID CITY, S.D. — WL Plastics Corp.'s new plant in Rapid City is cranking out HDPE pipes as the business continues to grow with the oil industry. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company celebrated the opening of its 45,000-square-foot facility this week.

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Resin sector news, a JV and lawsuit resolution are featured


July 29, 2013 1:11 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — The latest in a line of polyethylene capacity additions is featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also featured this week: A possible plastics-related sale, good news for the U.S. resin sector, and the resolution of a...

Dow Chemical reports flat quarterly sales


July 26, 2013 3:35 pm ET

MIDLAND, MICH. — Dow Chemical Co. has reported that second-quarter sales were $14.6 billion, flat vs. the year ago period, with earnings (EBITDA), up 9 percent at $4.2 billion. Sales gains in the quarter were led by its agricultural sciences business. Sales also grew in its performance materials segment.

China eyes coal revolution


July 12, 2013 3:17 pm ET

Unlike in the U.S., where more than 60 percent of the crackers are fed by ethane extracted from natural gas that comes out of abundant gas reserves, China is eyeing a revolution of its own. Coal-to-olefins, an alternative route from the conventional oil route for the production of olefins, looks promising in order to lower China's position in the...

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