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Polymer and composite lightweight automotive materials demand
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Polymer and composite lightweight automotive materials demand
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Material Insights

Material Insights: PE makers declare force majeure
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Plus, changes in PET bottle resin price, PolyOne closing facilities and CCP Composites gets bought.
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Chinese auto suppliers growing in US
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Two China-based automotive suppliers are expanding in the U.S., according to information released by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
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RxFiber developing new generation of medical fibers
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Increased concern about patient safety is creating a business opportunity for biomaterial fibers maker RxFiber LLC.
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Film & Sheet

Bemis' product strategy paying off with record earnings per share
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Bemis Co. Inc. is feeling good about itself these days as the flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials firm is posting record earnings per ...
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Munson Machinery expanding assembly, testing operations
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Munson Machinery Co. Inc. is expanding its headquarters factory by about one-third in Utica, N.Y., where the company makes mixing, blending and size-...
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The Plastics Blog

Finding the important economic indicators
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We sit down with Economics Editor Bill Wood to find some easy-to-understand economic indicators that are important for the plastics industry.
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Plastics News Now

Plastics News Now: Lego pieces wash ashore 17 years after accident
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Michigan replacing steel with carbon fiber to reinforce concrete on a bridge and we talk economics with Bill Wood.
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25th Anniversary

Continuing on the energy roller coaster
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From the Arab Oil Embargo through $4 gas to the boom in shale oil and gas, Americans — and the plastics industry — have ridden an energy...
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Injection Molding

Infiltrator goes very large scale for injection press
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Infiltrator Systems Inc. has designed and built a mammoth injection press, with 6,000 tons of clamping force, to mold septic tank halves measuring 15 ...
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Blow Molding

Blow molder helps Mrs. Dash use less resin

Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc., an extrusion and stretch blow molder in Ludlow, Mass., helped Mrs. Dash PET spice bottles thin down.
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Prices trending up for some recycled resins
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Plastics News is correcting prices for recycled grades of several commodity resins on this week's resin pricing chart.
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PetStar doubles capacity at Mexico recycling facility

Mexican recycling giant PetStar SAPI de CV, owned by the System of Coca-Cola Bottlers in Mexico, has doubled the capacity of its facility to 130...
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Numbers that Matter

Strong manufacturing profits portend more M&A activity
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By now you have probably heard the disconcerting news about the negative economic growth in the first quarter of this year. But in case you have not, ...
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Market Reports

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

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Plastics Recycling Market Review & Outlook 2014

This special report from Plastics News examines the North American plastics recycling industry and provides insight into indicators that impact market viability, including Resin pricing trends for virgin and recycled market material and historical Resin production trends for post- consumer and industrial waste.

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Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

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