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Innova scales up its operations to help molders scale up their production

Innova Engineering Inc. has acquired a research and development facility that adds fabrication services and prototype testing to its forte of computer simulation in product development. Since buying and moving equipment into the facility three months ago, Innova is in the midst of its first big project to draw on the new skills. Read more

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Taiwan's plastics industry is investing in the medical industry, Metabolix sells its bioplastics business and polypropylene is on the rise.
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The Bosnian businessman who shut down VW in Europe
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Nijaz Hastor has created a major auto supplier in Europe, Prevent DEV GmbH, which includes plastic auto interior trim. Earlier this month, Prevent...
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Taiwan plastics lab is just what the doctor ordered
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Construction is forging ahead on $10 million medical polymer research center that's the latest sign of Taiwan's determination to target the upscale...
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Berry Plastics buying AEP for $765 million
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Updated — Berry Plastics Group Inc.'s $765 million deal to acquire flexible packaging films maker AEP Industries Inc. involves some inspired...
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Polychem to close Michigan site
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Plastic strapping leader Polychem Corp. will close its Milford, Mich., cord strapping site once it moves that work to its hometown of Mentor, Ohio.
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Encouraging a healthy rivalry for the No. 1 spot in plastics
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Researchers use a milk protein to develop a new type of film packaging, PolyOne uses 3-D printing to make a mold for testing and a new anti-plastic...
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Hong Kong-based processor Hayco is contributing $500,000 worth of equipment to a training program that will support its new factory in the Dominican...
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Materials

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Survey cites demand for recycled polypropylene
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