The Urethane Blog

Pay Raises

Worker pay and benefits climbing at fastest pace in 10 years, ECI finds

Published: July 31, 2018 8:54 a.m. ET

Cost of labor rose at a 2.8% yearly rate as firms boost benefits




Luke Sharrett/BloombergThe cost of employing the average American worker is going up with the unemployment rate way down.

Mattress Tariffs

Gold Bond: Chinese tariffs would boost U.S. producers

David Perry, July 23, 2018


Retail Mattress Overview

Has Casper put traditional mattress sellers to sleep?

The 2010s ushered in an influx of bed-in-a-box mattress players that changed the way we think about the sector.

Huntsman Posts Strong Quarter

Huntsman Announces Strong and Consistent Growth in Second Quarter 2018 Earnings
Tue July 31, 2018 6:00 AM|PR Newswire|About: HUN

Q2: 07-08-18 Earnings Summary

EPS of $1.01 beats by $0.18
Revenue of $2.4B (+ 17.1% Y/Y) beats by $150M


Solvay Expands

Solvay to Expand Mixing Capacity at U.S. Composites Plant

July 30, 2018

Image courtesy of Solvay
Image courtesy of Solvay

Specialty chemicals and materials producer Solvay recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of an expansion project at its Greenville,

More on Propylene

US July propylene contracts roll over in more balanced market
27 July 2018 19:50 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)–US July propylene contracts settled for a majority of the market at a rollover from the prior month,

Housing Starts

United States Housing Starts  1959-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Housing starts in the US plunged 12.3 percent month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,173 thousand in June of 2018,

MA FR Legislation Update

Massachusetts advances flame retardant ban

Kumho Safety Push

Kumho Petrochemical bolsters safety, environmental measures

Posted : 2018-07-30 08:43
Updated : 2018-07-30 08:43

A Kumho Petrochemical employee checks a company plant in Yeosu,