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Officials warn China's PVC overcapacity will only get worse


April 21, 2014 3:47 pm ET

Despite worsening overcapacity, China still imports a million tons of PVC.

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Inventor taps into TV exposure, crowd funding for water bottle project


April 21, 2014 3:26 pm ET

An Australian inventor has developed a reusable plastic water bottle with a filter in a bid to get more people to drink tap water instead of buying disposable water bottle.

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Savvy customers follow raw material prices as closely as processors


April 21, 2014 2:25 pm ET

Savvy customers closely follow the prices of raw materials. The result: in the film and sheet segment of the plastics industry, even if processors could pass along every increase instantly, they would still face the challenge of low margins.

Global plastics recycling industry seeing an impact from the 'Green Fence'


April 21, 2014 12:52 pm ET

Last year's Green Fence action by the Chinese government is having a lasting impact on the global plastics recycling industry, said many of the attendees and speakers at this year's spring China Replas conference in Shanghai, organized by China Scrap Plastics Association.

Chinese coal mining company Jinhui launches bioplastic factory


April 21, 2014 10:18 am ET

Chinese coal mining company Shanxi Jinhui Energy Group Co. Ltd. is diversifying into bioplastics, launching production this month on a $35 million, 20,000-metric-ton factory for bio-based polybutylene adipate co-terephthalate.

Taiwan's TSRC expands in Nantong


April 21, 2014 10:08 am ET

Taiwan's TSRC Corp. said April 21 it has opened a 25,000-metric-ton capacity styrene-isoprene-styrene block copolymer manufacturing facility in Nantong, China, and plans to add a further 30,000-ton SIS plant in Taiwan in 2016.

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Jobs in the plastics industry


April 21, 2014 10:02 am ET

Jobs in the plastics industry

JM Eagle reopens shuttered Colorado plant with 8 PVC lines


April 18, 2014 1:02 pm ET

JM Eagle has reopened its Pueblo, Colo., plant with eight PVC pipe extrusion lines back in operation following an 18-month shutdown.

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Cambro investing $30.4 million in new N.C. injection molding plant


April 18, 2014 2:36 pm ET

Foodservice products manufacturer Cambro Manufacturing Co. Inc. plans to set up a satellite production and distribution operation in Mebane, N.C., to improve supply lines to the eastern United States.

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Producers urge booming Brazilian housing market to use EPS


April 18, 2014 1:08 pm ET

Leaders in Brazil's plastics industry are asking lawmakers to mandate the use of expandable polystyrene (the raw material for expanded EPS) in new construction, but say it's an uphill battle despite the energy and construction savings that EPS...

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