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Chinese compounders seek market shares, often at the expense of margins


August 29, 2014 10:02 am ET

China's largest compounder, Kingfa Sci. & Tech. Co. Ltd., as well as its more automotive-focused counterparts Shanghai Pret Composites Co. Ltd. and China XD Plastics Co. Ltd. all posted continued sales growth for the first half of 2014. Profit...

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Green trend boosts plastic building materials business in China


August 29, 2014 9:42 am ET

The greening of China's domestic building materials market is giving the plastics industry a boost.

Polish injection molder Teknorubber up for sale


August 29, 2014 9:14 am ET

Polish plastic parts maker Teknorubber has been put up for sale following its insolvency filing in March 2014. The company is to be auctioned through a tender.

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Sidel opens training center in Mexico


August 29, 2014 9:00 am ET

Swiss machinery company Sidel Group has opened a new training center in Guadalajara, Mexico, featuring a virtual factory environment, augmented reality and authentic parts that trainees can handle themselves.

California Assembly passes plastic bag ban


August 28, 2014 3:07 pm ET

In its second attempt of the week, the California Assembly approved a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags statewide, the first such ban in the United States.

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PP prices rise 5 cents


August 28, 2014 3:59 pm ET

After a one-month break, volatility has returned to the North American polypropylene resin market, with prices increasing by an average of 5 cents per pound since Aug. 1.

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Obituary: Frank Nissel, Welex Inc. co-founder


August 28, 2014 1:01 pm ET

Friends, family and business acquaintances will remember Nissel as an urbane, outgoing machinery executive, an expert on extrusion, a globalist who could speak five languages and a lover of jazz.

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DuPont fined for 2010 chemicals release


August 28, 2014 1:37 pm ET

DuPont Co. has been fined almost $1.3 million for the release of several chemicals — including plastics feedstock phosgene — at its plant in Belle, W. Va.

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Concours adding equipment as mold making business booms in Mexico


August 28, 2014 2:05 pm ET

Concours Mold Inc. is heading for a 50 percent increase in sales in Mexico this year after a $4 million upgrade of its plant in Huejotzingo, in the state of Puebla.

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Pregis, Sealed Air settle film-foam patent dispute out of court


August 28, 2014 1:01 pm ET

A couple of packaging companies are settling their patent fight over film-foam underlayment.

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