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Material Insights: Addivant tripling its antioxidant production in West Virginia
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Addivant's Weston 705 is used in packaging films, total M&A in the materials world is down vs. the same period in 2016 and A&R Logistics plans to...
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Automotive

Henkel opens auto composites test site in Asia
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Henkel AG & Co. KGA has opened a test facility for composites in Yokohama, Japan, to serve the auto industry.
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What Keeps You Up At Night?

Hoskins pushes growth at Octex through enthusiasm, planning
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There's an energy and enthusiasm at Octex that's palpable and seemingly infectious. Maybe it's the sunshine of Sarasota. More likely, it's the vision ...
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Medical

Acquisition adds to MedPlast's assembly operations
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Medical molder and contract manufacturer MedPlast Inc. has expanded its assembly resources with the acquisition of Coastal Life Technologies Inc.
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Arsenal goes back to the future with Spartech
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Arsenal Capital Partners brings back the Spartech name and its former CEO, George Abd.
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Machinery

Arburg officials lay foundation stone, time capsule at new training center
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Arburg held a ceremony July 13 to lay the foundation stone for a new 147,465-square-foot training center at its headquarters complex in Lossburg,...
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The Plastics Blog

Industry is filled with talented women
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I know that, sometimes, women in the plastics industry feel like they're alone. That's especially true for those in management and technical roles....
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Plastics News Now: Goat smashes the doors of a Colorado plastics company
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Employees at Argonics found the company's doors smashed by a goat, a fence maker is sold and a TPU water container gets funded.
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Injection Molding

Gun holster-maker has unique management style, adds equipment
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Idaho gun holster manufacturer Tedder Industries is running five Wittmann Battenfeld injection molding machines — with two more on order...
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Blow Molding

Alpla targets growth in Africa with its biggest ever acquisition
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Austrian packaging company Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG has continued its growth spurt with its fifth and biggest international acquisition...
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Materials

Women Breaking The Mold: Jessica Zirkelbach
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​"Diversity of thought is critical to being a high-functioning team. I feel very passionately about sharing the value the network has provided...
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Recycling

China plastic scrap ban reactions range from 'devastating' to an opportunity
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China's July 18 announcement that it will ban imports of scrap plastics and other "foreign garbage" recyclables by the end of the year was met with...
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Numbers that Matter

The next plastics boom could be around the corner
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This spike in investment in new chemical plants corresponds with a record level of M&A activity in recent years. ICIS Chemical Business reports that...
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