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New registration process for plasticsnews.com (Psst: It's still free)

November 18, 2014 10:44 am ET    |   Comments

If you've clicked on a story link on the web for Plastics News this week, you've noticed something a little different.


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Astronauts, 3-D printing and hoverboards? Sounds good

November 5, 2014 11:01 am ET    |   Comments

Buzz Aldrin may have been the second person to step on the moon, but he was definitely the first former moonwalker to ride a hoverboard.

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Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin checks out Autodesk's prototype 3-D printer Ember with Chief Technology Officer Jeff Kowalski.


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A look at the fastest-growing companies in our blow molders' ranking

November 3, 2014 9:35 am ET    |   Comments

Today Plastics News published its annual ranking of North American blow molders. Let's look at some of the details behind the data.


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Arburg's Heinz Gaub talks about plastics and additive manufacturing

By  Steve Toloken    |    October 23, 2014 9:26 am ET    |   Comments

One year ago, Arburg GmbH + Co. KG became the first plastics machinery company to get into the business of making additive manufacturing machines, launching trial production.

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What's more controversial, legalizing pot or criminalizing plastic bags?

By  Don Loepp    |    October 22, 2014 9:53 am ET    |   Comments

Have we gotten to a point where U.S. voters are comfortable with legalizing marijuana, and also criminalizing plastic bags? And what does that mean to the plastics industry?

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Teknor Apex working to keep talented young workers in Rhode Island

By  Don Loepp    |    October 15, 2014 6:00 am ET    |   Comments

Just about every plastics company says they face a challenge finding talented new workers. It looks like compounder Teknor Apex Co. is taking a proactive approach.

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Fakuma facts and figures

By  Don Loepp    |    October 13, 2014 8:47 am ET    |   Comments

Plastics News and our colleagues from European Plastics News and PRW are doing show dailies at Fakuma 2014 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The show runs from Oct. 14-18.

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Bill Bregar and Steve Toloken (not pictured) helped us do the Material Insights video on location at Fakuma 2014.


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A look behind Plastics News' 2014 mold makers ranking

By  Don Loepp    |    October 6, 2014 11:55 am ET    |   Comments

Today we publish our annual ranking of North American mold makers. Here's a peek behind the numbers.

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Canadian plastics officials help with shoreline cleanup

By  Don Loepp    |    October 1, 2014 2:35 pm ET    |   Comments

What's the plastics industry doing about litter? It's a good question, and given the political battles taking place around the world about product bans and taxes.

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CPIA team, left to right: Michael Hill, Shannon Laszlo, Krista Friesen, Gloria Zizek, Darlene Gray, Carol Hochu.


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Does this all-plastic trumpet sound 'as good' as brass?

By  Don Loepp    |    September 23, 2014 10:54 am ET    |   Comments

Certain applications seem just about impossible for plastic to replace traditional materials. Until today, I figured that "trumpet" belonged on that list.

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