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Plastic particles showing up in Germany's Lake Constance

While Fakuma 2014 exhibitors and visitors occupied themselves with topics like molding of micro-sized plastic parts during the show, the presence of micro-scale plastic particles several kilometers away in Lake Constance, Europe's third largest freshwater lake, is occupying the minds of politicians ... Read more

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Material Insights: Fakuma puts the spotlight on medical and automotive-related materials news
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Editor Don Loepp and senior reporter Frank Esposito break down all the materials-related news from the Fakuma trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
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Automotive

BASF targets coffee and automotive connoisseurs with new resin grades
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BASF SE is using polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), which is normally used to manufacture high-end electronics, in a food consumer packaging product.
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Plastics firms ramp up production, donations in Ebola fight
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As health care workers around the world battle the spread of Ebola, plastics processors are doing their part — ramping up production and even...
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Comar merging with Convergence Packaging
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A couple of plastic packaging companies owned by private investment firm Graham Partners are merging into a single entity.
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Asia continues driving sales for Engel
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Teknor Apex working to keep talented young workers in Rhode Island
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Just about every plastics company says they face a challenge finding talented new workers. It looks like compounder Teknor Apex Co. is taking a...
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Plastics News Now: Humanoid robot shows off skills at Fakuma
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A workerbot, with a smile on its face, was a big attraction at Fakuma this week, plus a mostly composite helicopter takes flight and SPI is looking...
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Packaging

PolyOne denies report it's bidding for Klöckner Pentaplast
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UPDATED — Compounding leader PolyOne Corp. is denying a report that it bid as much as $2 billion for film and sheet major Klöckner Pentaplast...
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Report: Suspected former Nazi with plastic connection collecting Social Security
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AKRON, OHIO — A one-time plastics executive in Akron is among dozens of suspected former Nazis who have been collecting U.S. Social Security...
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Through transition, R&D/Leverage has kept its identity
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LEE'S SUMMIT, MO. — About six years ago, R&D/Leverage made a decision to rebrand to emphasize that the company was much more than a tool shop....
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Materials firm realigns business divisions

Trinseo S.A., formerly known as Styron L.L.C., is realigning its business divisions, creating two new business groups — Performance Materials...
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Post-consumer plastic recycling rates continue strong growth
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Post-consumer plastic bottle recycling tonnage increased by another 4.3 percent last year, continuing what is now a growth spurt that's lasted more...
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