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Plastics News Now: Machine makers show off Industry 4.0 offerings at Fakuma

October 19, 2017 6:00 am ET

We're on location at the Fakuma trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany, where machine makers are displaying the latest in Industry 4.0, a mold maker is moving work to Europe from China and Engel unveils new business unit for composites manufacturing.


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Material Insights: Materials companies highlight new resins, M&As at Fakuma

October 16, 2017 12:09 pm ET

A number of materials firms are at the Fakuma trade fair in Germany this week as the show kicks off.


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What Keeps You Up at Night: Anita-Maria Quillen, Diversified Engineering & Plastics LLC

October 16, 2017 10:55 am ET

Anita-Maria Quillen, president and CEO of Diversified Engineering & Plastics LLC, discusses how the opioid crisis has impacted the ability to hire workers at her plant in Jackson, Mich.


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Plastics News Now: Students get up-close view of manufacturing at Bekum

October 12, 2017 6:00 am ET

Howell High School students in Michigan visited machine maker Bekum America Corp. on Manufacturing Day, KraussMaffei Corp. plans a record year and Procter & Gamble announce a bottle made partially from recovered ocean plastics.


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Material Insights: Report: A. Schulman considering sale

October 9, 2017 11:06 am ET

A. Schulman is considering a sale, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. PET bottle resin prices are up following feedstock issues from Hurricane Harvey and Niche Polymer is adding employees and equipment.


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Plastics News Now: CertainTeed suing over 'defective' siding material

October 5, 2017 8:51 am ET

Al Gore has become the first honorary citizen of Trash Isles, Lego opens the "ultimate Lego experience" in its hometown and CertainTeed is suing Ravago over polypropylene compound.


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Bumper to Bumper: Yanfeng hopes new office will spur collaboration

October 4, 2017 6:00 am ET

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors opened its new southeast Michigan headquarters, and the automotive supplier expects the layout to foster collaboration among its employees.


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Material Insights: Resin prices shoot up amid feedstock, transportation shortages

October 2, 2017 10:56 am ET

Prices for polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene all are on the rise as a result of Hurricane Harvey, and Erema sees recycling machinery sales increase as brand owners want more recycled materials.


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Plastics News Now: Polystyrene found in remote area of the Arctic Ocean

September 28, 2017 6:00 am ET

Explorers found chunks of polystyrene on a mission to the North Pole, industry groups help in coastal cleanup and BASF helps in the development of a new running shoe.


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Material Insights: DowDuPont starts production at PE, ethylene site

September 25, 2017 11:34 am ET

Hurricane Harvey didn't stop the planned start of DowDuPont Inc.'s new site, old firms get new looks and Wacker Chemie is investigating an explosion.