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Study: 75 percent of Australia's ocean debris is plastic


September 18, 2014 7:48 pm ET

About 75 percent of the trash found in the waters off Australia's beaches is plastic, with most of that coming from local sources rather than sea-borne debris drifting in, according to a Sept. 15 study from scientists and the social investment arm...

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Investor group wants DuPont to split in two


September 18, 2014 7:37 pm ET

Investment firm Trian Fund Management LP is calling for plastics and chemicals giant DuPont Co. to split itself into two firms, one of which would include most of the firm's plastics units.

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P&G removing PE microbeads from its Crest brand toothpaste


September 18, 2014 1:57 pm ET

After months of prodding, Procter & Gamble Co., the makers of Crest brand toothpastes, say polyethlene microbeads will be completely removed from its dental products by March 2016.

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Smartphone work adds 52 percent to sales for China's Eva Precision


September 18, 2014 4:37 pm ET

Growth in supplying the smartphone and automotive industries helped Chinese processor Eva Precision Holdings Ltd. push injection molding sales up 52 percent in the first six months of the year, to HK$742.8 million (US$95.8 million).

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Lawmakers target plastic bags, bottles


September 18, 2014 2:19 pm ET

California is poised to ban single-use plastic bags. At this point Gov. Jerry Brown could still veto the bill, but that seems extremely unlikely.

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Bill Kent named Thermoformer of the Year


September 18, 2014 12:11 pm ET

Bill Kent flew 6 million miles in a 50-year career at Brown Machine LLC — where he began assembling thermoforming machinery on the factory floor for founder Gaylord Brown, an industry pioneer. On Sept. 17 he was named Thermoformer of the Year.

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Nolato Contour beefs up white room molding capabilities


September 18, 2014 11:56 am ET

Nolato Medical has extended its controlled environment options to include a white room at its Baldwin, Wis., Nolato Contour plant.

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PET to PET boosts recycling capacity


September 18, 2014 11:14 am ET

PET to PET Recycling Austria GmbH, a bottle-to-bottle PET recycling operation backed by Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling and several beverage manufacturers, has invested 2.3 million euros ($2.9 million) to upgrade its Austrian plant.

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Thermoforming conference draws 300 first-time attendees


September 18, 2014 10:39 am ET

The Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Conference drew 814 attendees, according to Jim Arnet, conference chairman.

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Kydex, Allen Extruders joined under Sekisui SPI name


September 17, 2014 4:12 pm ET

Sekisui Chemical Co. Ltd. is combining plastic sheet makers Kydex LLC and Allen Extruders LLC under one roof as Sekisui SPI.

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