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Growth slows sharply for China's plastics processors


November 8, 2013 12:46 pm ET

FOSHAN, CHINA — Rising costs and economic challenges caused China’s plastics processing industry to see its growth slow to about 5 percent in the first nine months of the year, prompting the head of the country’s largest plastics association to make a forceful call for companies to innovate and adopt new technology.

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Dog days are good for materials firms' stocks


August 23, 2013 2:26 pm ET

As the stock market moves through the dog days of August, executives with most publicly held plastic materials makers have to be happy with how their firms' per-share stock prices have done in 2013.

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.

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