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Five years ago this week in Plastics News:

Mobil Chemical Co. set up a plastic lumber division based on a wood fiber and recycled plastic composite. (Mobil sold the Trex business to a management group in 1996.)

ABC Group Ltd. developed a blow molded plastic engine intake manifold to compete with injection molded versions.

Researchers predicted the hand-held computer market would grow rapidly and become a huge market for precision plastic components.