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Plastics industry employment in 2015
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Material Insights

Material Insights: Breaking down 2016 resin sales, Ineos getting into the vehicle market
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We talk with senior reporter Frank Esposito about the full year commodity resin sales numbers, Ineos Group is getting into vehicle manufacturing and...
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Automotive

Flex builds its auto business with AGM acquisition
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AGM, headquartered in Troy, Mich., supplies interior systems including overhead consoles, interior lighting, electronic components and carpet.
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What Keeps You Up At Night?

What Keeps You Up at Night: Jim Boshaw, Pac Worldwide Corp.
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Jim Boshaw, CEO of Pac Worldwide Corp.
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Medical

Expert: Well-designed medical packaging doesn't need to cost more
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Plastics ranks in the top order of magnitude, giving product developers freedom to design a surface, according to a prominent industrial designer.
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Film & Sheet

Energy Bag program fuels new path for hard-to-recycle plastics
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The Hefty Energy Bag program, launched last fall in the Omaha, Neb., area, already has increased local participation. And plans are to eventually...
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Arsenal builds up its PU foam business with Covestro business acquisition
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Arsenal is making the deal through its Accella Polyurethane Systems LLC unit. The transaction includes certain assets of Covestro's North American...
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Machinery

New combined safety standard for injection molding machinery
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Washington — The Plastics Industry Association announced Feb. 24 that its Machinery Safety Standards Committee has published the new safety...
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Plastics News Now

Plastics News Now: IAC Group donates machine to college program
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Schoolcraft College is expanding its plastics program in part because of a donation from IAC Group, EOS opens expanded facility and TruVue cans hit...
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Packaging

Sonoco expanding for expected TruVue clear can growth
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Sonoco Products Co. is working to dramatically expand production of the company's plastic TruVue food can and expects to have that added capacity in...
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Blow Molding

Bottled water consumption tops US beverage sales
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The juggernaut that is bottled water consumption grew by 8.5 percent last year, the continuation of a years-long trend that also saw carbonated soft...
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Materials

Materials, O&G price decline dent BASF results
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Lower raw materials and oil & gas prices have caused a drop in sales and earnings of speciality chemicals and materials giant BASF SE, the company...
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Recycling

Leadership transitions at Moore Recycling Associates
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A well-known plastics recycling consultancy is being acquired by two long-time employees and being renamed.
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Numbers that Matter

Wrapping up a solid forecast for packaging
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The plastics packaging industry is mature, so the trend in packaging demand is largely driven by changes in overall consumer spending primarily for...
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