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More PE, PP capacity should mean lower prices, more competition


March 27, 2014 4:51 pm ET

HOUSTON — New North American polyethylene capacity eventually will mean lower selling prices for that material. While in polypropylene, new supplies of propylene monomer will lead to some new resin capacity as well, making the material more competitive vs. HDPE.

18 hurt in latest fire at Lukoil's Stavrolen complex


March 27, 2014 10:58 am ET

Russian oil and chemicals group Lukoil has admitted that 18 employees suffered injuries in the latest fire to occur at its incident-prone Stavrolen polyolefins complex at Budennovsk in southern Russia.

RheTech takes full ownership of RheTech Engineered Plastics


March 25, 2014 4:14 pm ET

Whitmore Lake, Mich.-based RheTech Inc. announced that it completed an agreement to take full ownership of Blacksburg, S.C.-based RheTech Engineered Plastics.

Thornton & Co. brands itself for future growth


March 21, 2014 12:06 pm ET

Resin distributor Thornton & Co. has overhauled and expanded its management ranks to allow for future growth.

New study says plastics is the sustainable packaging choice


March 14, 2014 12:29 pm ET

Six major categories of plastic packaging significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions compared to packaging made with alternative materials, according to a new study.

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Berry optimistic about cup, containers business


February 6, 2014 11:51 am ET

Enthusiasm remains high at Berry Plastics Group about the decision to reopen a shuttered plant in Kentucky to launch the line of polypropylene beverage cups and food containers.

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Prices jump for polypropylene and suspension PVC


January 30, 2014 3:53 pm ET

North American prices for PVC and polypropylene resin have started off 2014 with a bang, with prices of both materials climbing since Jan. 1.

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.

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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 ...

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Material Insights: PP, PVC resin prices decline in October


November 4, 2013 2:25 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — Recent North American price declines for polypropylene and suspension PVC resins are featured in this week's Material Insights video. Also this week we report on big moves by DuPont Co. and Mexichem SAB de CV, as well as news...

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