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GI Plastek to open expanded N.H. plant


September 2, 2014 3:02 pm ET

GI Plastek Wolfeboro LLC, a custom structural foam and injection molder of medium and large parts, is unveiling a 35,000-square-foot expansion this month, showcasing its added manufacturing, assembly and warehousing capabilities.

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Blow molder Exo-s completes $4 million expansion of Coldwater plant


September 2, 2014 2:58 pm ET

Custom molder Exo-s Inc. has completed a $4 million expansion of its Coldwater, Mich., blow molding operation.

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Australia's Orora buys Texas packaging distributor Worldwide Plastics


September 2, 2014 2:54 pm ET

Australian packaging company Orora Ltd. has bought San Antonio, Texas-based plastic packaging distributor Worldwide Plastics Co.

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Startup post-consumer recycling specialty company Zzyzx wins grant


September 2, 2014 1:33 pm ET

An Allentown, Pa., company is receiving a grant of $737,000 to help support its efforts to develop polymers using post-consumer plastics.

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Minnesota Rubber & Plastics has new leader, new focus


September 2, 2014 12:18 pm ET

With new leadership, Minnesota Rubber & Plastics is setting the foundation for long-term success.

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A. Schulman buys Australia's Compco, 10th acquisition in 4 years


September 2, 2014 11:13 am ET

Akron, Ohio-based A. Schulman Inc., a supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and resins, said it has acquired a company near Melbourne, Australia, for $6.7 million in cash.

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Battenfeld-Cincinnati secures major Chinese extruder deal


September 2, 2014 10:58 am ET

An undisclosed major Chinese pipe manufacturer has ordered 25 extruders from German-Austrian company Battenfeld-Cincinnati's subsidiary, Battenfeld-Cincinnati Extrusion Systems in Foshan, China.

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Europe recycled equivalent of 65 billion PET bottles in 2013


September 2, 2014 10:38 am ET

New figures from Petcore Europe said the equivalent of around 65 billion bottles — 1.64 million metric tons — was recycled in the region last year, up 7 percent from 2012.

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EcoCortec develops marine degradeable film to help reduce debris


September 2, 2014 9:55 am ET

Croatian specialist packaging producer EcoCortec has developed marine biodegradable film products designed to combat the scourge of plastics packaging waste polluting the world's oceans.

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California lawmakers give final approval to plastic bag ban


August 30, 2014 6:00 am ET

Under the measure, single-use plastic bags will be barred from California retailers, including grocery stores, convenience stores and drug stores, as of July 1, 2015.

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