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Millennials can make your business better


October 30, 2014 10:25 am ET

We talk a lot about the manufacturing skills gap at Plastics News — what businesses are doing, what's working and what's not. Everyone's trying to figure out how to find the type of talent they need, and how to attract and retain members of a...

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The PU Tweel gains traction


October 30, 2014 9:39 am ET

Groupe Michelin is beginning to get traction for its polyurethane Tweel airless tire, with lawn and agriculture industry giant Deere & Co. outfitting a line of its commercial lawn mowers with the tire.

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Xten may shut down, working on sale to Commercial Plastics


October 29, 2014 5:49 pm ET

Xten Industries LLC is working on a sale to Commercial Plastics Co. of Mundelein, Ill. Xten, an injection molder based in Kenosha, Wis., filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice (WARN) with state officials on Oct. 22 saying that it would...

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Ineos closing Barex plant, exiting business


October 29, 2014 3:58 pm ET

Materials maker Ineos Group is closing its only global Barex-brand polyacrylonitrile (PAN) resin plant in Lima, Ohio. Ineos – based in Rolle, Switzerland – is exiting the business as a result of the closing, which will take place in the...

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Compromise overdue for TSCA reform


October 29, 2014 9:04 am ET

The Toxic Substances Control Act, by all accounts, is not a good law. The members of Congress who voted it into existence knew at the time it wasn't a good law. It's a paper tiger that is supposed to protect American consumers from harmful chemicals ...

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Protective packaging predicted to grow 6.1 percent annually


October 29, 2014 3:39 pm ET

Protective packaging looks to be a high-growth market in the coming years, according to a new study by Freedonia Group Inc.

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Five-axis flexibility paying off for Sepro and its customers


October 29, 2014 1:47 pm ET

French robot maker Sepro Robotique expects to generate 78 million euros ($99 million) in 2014 sales — 17 percent more than 2013 — as Sepro's five-axis robots win new customers, executives said at Fakuma.

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Shale development lagging in China


October 29, 2014 1:28 pm ET

Shale gas and its impact on China was the hot topic at the FlexPO conference, held Oct. 22-24 in Shanghai.

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Schütz investing $20 million for bulk container production in Missouri


October 29, 2014 11:18 am ET

German packaging company Schütz GmbH & Co. KGaA is expanding its presence in the United States through a $20 million project in Missouri slated to eventually employ 50.

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DSM picks Augusta, Ga., for nylon plant


October 29, 2014 11:49 am ET

Materials firm Royal DSM NV has chosen Augusta, Ga., as the site of its new North American nylon resin plant.

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