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Published: 2/16/2018

PE Film Market Snapshot: Consumer Can Liners
Huge market projected to grow by 3.6%/yr through 2020. Environmental issues remain a challenge.

Published: 2/9/2018

Downward Pricing Trajectory for PP; Upward for PE, PS, PVC, PET
Commodity resin prices climbed in the first week of February, with the exception of PP, which spiked in January and is now correcting along with propylene monomer.

Published: 2/8/2018

PE Film Market Snap-Shot: Shrink Film
Roughly 797.3 million lb of PE was consumed making shrink film in 2017, and with growth of 1.7% forecast, consumption will hit 838.2 million lb 2020.

Published: 2/2/2018

Downward PE Pricing Projected With Processors To Gain Leverage
Ethylene and polyethylene plant startups to have impact, as will China’s scrap plastic import ban.

Published: 1/24/2018

‘What’s Up…or Down’ with Commodity Resin Prices
PE and PP were on the rise, while PS held steady, PET fell and PVC was mixed.

Published: 1/23/2018

PE Film Market Snap-Shot: T-Shirt Bags
Downgauging is a key trend: the average PE t-shirt bag utilizes 30% less material than a bag made five years ago, due mostly to advances in resin technology.

Published: 1/16/2018

PE Film Market Snap-Shot: Stretch Film
The six largest processors of stretch film accounted for more than 85% of capacity in 2017—product differentiation is essential for any newer, smaller players to enter the field.

Published: 12/1/2017

With the Exception of PP, Commodity Resin Prices Flat-to-Down
Going into December, resin prices are likely to be relatively stable with PP prices bumping up a bit.

Published: 11/22/2017

Winners of SPE Auto Innovation Awards Wow with Many ‘Firsts’
Innovative, transferable, and intelligent use of  plastics shine in nine categories.

Published: 11/14/2017

U.S. Plastics Industry Maintains its Trade Surplus
PLASTICS’ chief economist says this speaks to the U.S. plastics industry’s continued impact on the international market.