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Polyethylene makers are trying for September price hikes


August 8, 2014 9:34 am ET

After months of inactivity, North American PE makers have announced attempts to raise prices by 3 cents per pound effective Sept. 1.

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Search for 'superpolymer' led to nylon 75 years ago


August 8, 2014 11:10 am ET

The quest for synthetic silk led to the creation of nylon, the versatile engineering resin that's celebrating its 75th birthday this year.

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The woman behind DuPont's nylon leg


August 8, 2014 11:23 am ET

Marie Wilson was a 23-year-old Hollywood starlet in 1939 when DuPont Co. recruited her to promote its new nylon product.

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Milliken finds uptake for clear PP


August 8, 2014 10:48 am ET

Milliken & Co., the Spartanburg, S.C.-based specialty chemical company first introduced its Ultra Clear PP additive in 2007. But it took last year's K show in Düsseldorf, Germany to show the market what it could do.

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Athena wins patent dispute, Husky responds by filing new patents


August 7, 2014 3:00 pm ET

Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. is filing new patents to get around its inability to enforce patent claims disputed by Athena Automation Ltd.

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Borealis buys DuPont's share of Belgium-based specialty polymers JV


August 7, 2014 2:34 pm ET

Borealis AG is buying out DuPont Co.'s two-thirds share in their Specialty Polymers Antwerp NV joint venture.

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Taiwan explosions under investigation, chemical supply chain under pressure


August 7, 2014 2:01 pm ET

The deadly pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second largest city have put resin producers in the public spotlight and will likely cause pressure on the supply chain of plastics resins.

China PP recycler Novarise hits snag in plan for privatization


August 7, 2014 12:31 pm ET

Plans by Chinese polypropylene recycler Novarise Renewable Resources International Ltd. to take itself private have hit a snag, with a management-led buyout group missing an important July 31 funding deadline and independent shareholders now saying they may cancel the deal.

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Solid PS prices up 7 cents in July


August 7, 2014 11:01 am ET

North American prices for solid polystyrene resin shot up an average of 7 cents per pound in July, following a big increase in prices for benzene feedstock.

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Chem-Trend launches China R&D center, expanding production


August 6, 2014 11:25 am ET

Chem-Trend LP launched a new research and development center in China on July 14, aiming to steadily increase the share of new products in its total sales.

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