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Ford moving forward in carbon fiber for 'high volume' use


April 17, 2015 10:21 am ET

Ford Motor Co. has signed a deal with a carbon-fiber manufacturer to jointly explore “high-volume” automotive uses for the lightweight material.

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Force majeure declared at six European sites since mid-March


April 17, 2015 1:10 pm ET

At least six European resin makers have declared force majeure on polyethylene, polypropylene and related products since mid-March, leading to higher resin prices throughout the region.

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Executives step down from Star Thermoplastics


April 17, 2015 12:56 pm ET

Executives Randall Fortin and Larry Johnson no longer are with materials firm Star Thermoplastics Alloys & Rubbers Inc.

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Zoltek expanding CF capacity in Europe


April 17, 2015 10:12 am ET

Leading carbon fiber group Zoltek Corp. has signed a strategic agreement with the Hungarian government to expand its operation in northern Hungary, already the largest carbon fiber plant in the world.

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Hanwha Azdel adds capacity in Lynchburg


April 16, 2015 2:01 pm ET

Composite maker Hanwha Azdel Inc. will add space and a new production line at its Lynchburg, Va., production facility, the company announced April 16.

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AGY adding glass fiber capacity


April 16, 2015 11:54 am ET

AGY Holding Corp. will expand capacity of glass-fiber yarns and rovings used in a wide range of thermoplastic compounds.

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Akcros adds capacity for PVC stabilizers


April 16, 2015 12:00 pm ET

Akcros Chemicals Inc. has increased capacity for powder stabilizers — a PVC additive — at its plant in New Brunswick, N.J.

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A. Schulman, Citadel discuss the $800 million deal


April 15, 2015 1:45 pm ET

The $800 million match of materials maker A. Schulman Inc. and Citadel Plastics felt good from the start. “Everything in our first meetings showed that it was a good fit culturally,” Schulman CEO Bernard Rzepka said, “And as we...

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Ube expands nylon capacity in Spain, reorganizes chemicals unit


April 15, 2015 9:58 am ET

Japan's Ube Industries Ltd. completed an expansion project in March to increase the output of nylon 6 at its plant in Castellón, Spain.

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Invista declares force majeure on nylon 6/6


April 14, 2015 3:33 pm ET

Materials firm Invista has declared force majeure on nylon 6/6 resin and related feedstocks after a recent incident at its plant in Victoria, Texas.

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