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Global Plastics Summit puts PE prices in the spotlight


October 1, 2014 3:17 pm ET

Product manufacturers may start to shift away from polyethylene because of high prices, according to two major plastics processors.

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Nucleation offers solution to shrinkage in HDPE closures


October 1, 2014 1:57 pm ET

For caps producers, nucleation can provide a practical solution to eliminate shrinkage variations in high density polyethylene beverage closures. Nucleating agents can be utilized to help processors control the process.

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Dow loses appeal in price fixing case


October 1, 2014 11:10 am ET

The Reuters press agency reports that a federal appeals court in Denver has rejected Dow Chemical Co.'s attempt to overturn a $1.06 billion fine imposed after customers accused the firm of conspiring to fix the price of polyurethane chemicals in the ...

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New Hexcel plant will supply carbon fiber for Airbus A350 XWB


September 30, 2014 2:43 pm ET

Hexcel Corp. is investing $250 million on a new carbon fiber plant in France, with part of the production going into the future Airbus SAS A350 XWB.

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LyondellBasell CEO Gallogly to retire


September 30, 2014 3:00 pm ET

James Gallogly, CEO of Houston-based polyolefins producer LyondellBasell Industries NV, on Sept. 29 announced plans to retire in 2015.

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Asahi Kasei breaks ground on Alabama compounding plant


September 29, 2014 5:39 pm ET

Asahi Kasei Plastics North America will be able to solve two problems at once with a new compounding plant in Athens, Ala.

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DuPont shifting Teflon production in China


September 29, 2014 2:35 pm ET

DuPont Co. will spend more than $15 million to improve its fluoropolymer product offerings in China.

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Sale of PVC maker Oltchim still in limbo


September 29, 2014 10:25 am ET

Fresh attempts to privatize insolvent Romanian PVC producer Oltchim SA have met with new obstacles as the European Union questioned the Romanian government's handling of the sell-off process.

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LyondellBasell considering another ethylene expansion


September 25, 2014 1:30 pm ET

Materials giant LyondellBasell Industries — with three ethylene expansions already on the board — is contemplating a fourth.

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PE, PVC prices rise, PS on the decline


September 24, 2014 4:16 pm ET

North American commodity resin prices bounced around in September, with regional polyethylene and PVC prices increasing while prices for solid polystyrene in the region declined.

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