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Carbon fiber reinforced composites have found success in applications demanding the highest performance attributes where cost is less of a factor, such as aerospace and sports equipment. High volume applications remain on the horizon, but out of reach at current cost performance ratios. Several factors suggest that the automotive industry will be the market to […]

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) held their inaugural meeting June 17 -18, 2015 in Knoxville, TN, which drew hundreds of composites experts from industry, government and academia. The event kicked off with a signing ceremony between the U.S. Department of Energy and IACMI representatives to mark the official start of business for […]

Last month, The American Chemistry Council (ACC) published a report about the economic impact of shale-advantaged resin on the U.S. plastics industry. As you know, the development of shale gas is dramatically changing the competitive landscape for American made plastics. What’s Happening? Shale gas development in the U.S. has had a dramatic impact on the […]

What’s In This Month’s Roundup? Are you interested in how GM is changing parts-buying? Wondering how oil is impacting resin prices? Curious about emerging trends in thermoforming? This month’s roundup features these topics and more. Pricing and Market Trends North American Resin prices remain unpredictable, despite the fact that oil prices have leveled off slightly. […]

The development of North American shale gas has led to a number of ethane cracker project announcement in North America. However, recent news about the construction of ethane crackers is mixed. Petrochemical Company Braskem SA, is going to re-evaluate their plans to build a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker complex in West Virginia on hold. The […]

What’s In This Month’s Roundup? Are you interested in hiring practices that don’t focus on technical skills?  Wondering what the top trends are in sustainable packaging?  Ready for the next big thing in Carbon Fiber? Want to know why plastics processors are optimistic about 2015?  This month’s roundup features these topics and more. Pricing and […]

What’s In This Month’s Roundup? Did you know the first entirely plant-based plastic milk carton is now on store shelves?  Interested in how new plastics will change the world?  Want to know which advanced industries are driving the nation’s economy?  This month’s roundup features these topics and more. As the demand for bio-based plastics gains […]

The dramatic drop in crude oil prices has resulted in significant declines in resin pricing in recent months.  What the future holds in terms of resin prices is not easily understood as the drivers are global and complex. The recent oil price decline is related to a complex set of global drivers including a slowing […]

What’s In This Month’s Roundup? Did you know 3-D printers are being used in outer space?  Interested in how a new polymer coating process found a place in the market?  Want to learn more about how shale is impacting the price of oil?  This month’s roundup features these topics and more. Commercializing a new generation […]

Due to the shale gas development in the region there is a high probability that a sizable petrochemical complex will be built.  Odebrecht-Braskem is well underway in their planning and engineering to invest in an ethane cracker along with polyethylene and polypropylene facilities on the West Virginia/Ohio border.    A regional petrochemical facility could potentially have […]

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