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  • 1/18/2017

    Study: Withdrawal from NAFTA would cost U.S. auto jobs

    President-elect Donald Trump's vows to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and pursue more protectionist trade policies likely would have a negative effect on the U.S. auto industry, a new study found.

  • 1/18/2017

    Ross expected to wield power in Trump cabinet

    Washington — It's likely that financier and plastics executive Wilbur Ross — the Trump administration's nominee to be Commerce Secretary — will wield much more influence in shaping government policy than most previous occupants of that post, traditionally seen as one of the minor cabinet positions.

  • 1/18/2017

    RPM International makes fourth acquisition of 2017

    RPM International acquired Conyers, Ga.-based Prime Resins to be part of its USL Group. Prime Resins produces specialty chemicals and equipment for infrastructure construction and repair. It reported annual net sales of about $7 million.

  • 1/18/2017

    UK chemical makers to continue advising government on Brexit

    United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May's Jan. announcement that the country will exit the European Union single market and not pursue full membership of its "customs union" has received a guarded welcome from the Chemical Industries Association (CIA).

  • 1/18/2017

    Viking Plastics' Brazilian JV expands capacity

    São Paulo-based Injequaly Indústria e Comércio Ltda., a joint venture between the Brazilian plastic injection molding company and the U.S. firm Viking Plastics, is moving to a larger facility in Brazil to expand production after its sales went up 51.7 percent in 2016.

  • 1/18/2017

    RPA names new leadership

    Norm Kukuk, executive vice president of marketing for Orbis Corp., takes over as chairman of the Reusable Packaging Association after serving as vice chairman last year.

  • 1/18/2017

    Grupo Ortiz plans first plants outside Mexico

    Grupo Industrial Ortiz, which claims to be the world's largest producer of polypropylene raffia woven sacks and similar products, is diversifying into food packaging and disposable tableware and preparing to invest outside Mexico for the first time.

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    Nova begins full operation of Alberta LLDPE plant

    Nova Chemicals has reached full operation of a new gas-phase reactor making linear low density PE at the firm's site in Joffre, Alberta. The reactor began start-up in December, and Nova now is shipping butane-based LLDPE produced there to customers.

  • 1/18/2017

    Computer hacker hits Illinois processor

    The computer system of Advanced Flexible Composites Inc. was hacked on Jan. 17, preventing the firm from processing quote requests or orders and from receiving emails.

  • 1/17/2017

    Jones Plastic expanding in Tennessee, adding 52 jobs

    Jones Plastic & Engineering Co. Ltd. will invest $4.5 million, which is expected to create 52 new jobs, to meet growing demand and make room for more equipment. It is the second expansion of the site in four years.

  • 1/17/2017

    Davos report calls for boosting plastics recycling to 70 percent

    A new report from the Davos World Economic Forum gathering, launched with the support of some large companies in the plastics industry, is calling for strategies to dramatically increase recycling of plastic packaging — from 14 percent today to 70 percent.

  • 1/17/2017
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    New owner to build Ameri-Tool through ISO cerification, tooling

    Ameri-Tool Industries Inc. is working towards obtaining ISO9001:2015 certification to boost its chances of gaining more work in defense industries and promoting the firm's toolmaking expertise to grow that part of the business, explained Todd Piller, the new owner.

  • 1/17/2017

    Coveris' Masse focuses on unified culture among brands

    Much of the past three years has been spent on creating a common culture and business approach at Coveris Holdings Corp. Now the company is looking to take a more external approach to focus more on customers and push for higher earnings.

  • 1/17/2017
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    Carteaux to chair council of manufacturing associations

    Bill Carteaux, the president and CEO of the Plastics Industry Association, will chair a council of manufacturing-oriented lobbying groups and organizations within the Washington-based National Association of Manufacturers.

  • 1/16/2017