Materials

A generic term for plastics, thermoplastics or polymers, materials are the stuff of which molded and extruded parts are made. Broad subcategories include commodity materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene and PVC; and engineering materials such as nylon, acetal and ABS for applications requiring higher performance in the areas of heat resistance, chemical resistance, impact, fire retardancy or mechanical strength. This Zone includes links to many material subsets, including those mentioned above as well as thermoplastics elastomers, biopolymers and nanocomposites.

Related Topics: Biopolymers & Renewable Materials | Engineering Thermoplastics | Nanocomposites | Polyolefins | Purging | Recycled Materials | Thermoplastic Elastomers | Wood & Natural Fiber Compounds |

January Resin Pricing
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Volume Resin Prices Enter 2019 on Downward Path

Significant declines in feedstock prices, general year-end slowdown, and resin export/import issues contribute to this trend.
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Nylon 66: Pricing & Supply Issues Spur Processors to Consider Alternatives

While the nylon 66 tightness may not prove long-lasting, resin suppliers, compounders, and distributors have mobilized to offer processors an array of ‘replacement’ materials. 
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