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Plastics News Now: Large beverage company drops bottled water production

September 21, 2017 8:39 am ET

San Miguel Corp. in the Philippines announced it is dropping the production of bottled water for sustainability reasons, Ford Motor Co. files a patent for an autonomous interior and Method Products is bought.


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Bumper to Bumper: Mafic to start production of carbon fiber alternative in NC

September 20, 2017 6:00 am ET

Mafic has had a facility in Ireland to turn basalt from rock into a filler for composites, but is bringing production to the United States with an aim toward the automotive market.


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Material Insights: Transportation remains a concern following Harvey

September 18, 2017 12:04 pm ET

Railroads have restored service but transportation delays linger in the Houston area for resin deliveries. Alpek has stopped supplying PTA to M&G Chemicals, and Union Carbide veteran William Joyce joins A. Schulman as a senior adviser.


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Plastics News Now: Land Rover using polyurethane foam for surfboards

September 14, 2017 6:00 am ET

Jaguar Land Rover is taking leftover PU foam from models to make surfboards, the Toy Hall of Fame has released its finalists for 2017 and Kenya enacts a strict plastic bag ban.


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Material Insights: Distributors say resin supplies are in decent shape after Harvey

September 11, 2017 11:07 am ET

As the resin markets recover from Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, resin distributors say the market is in decent shape, and a new study finds plastic fibers in drinking water.


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Plastics News Now: Group advocates for a plastic strawless September in Seattle

September 7, 2017 10:22 am ET

Lego announced an 8 percent reduction in its workforce, ACC touts advantages of multilayer plastic pouches and the Lonely Whale Foundation pushes for a strawless September.


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Bumper to Bumper: GM executive discusses lightweighting strategy

September 6, 2017 11:09 am ET

At the Future is Plastics event, Saber Haidous, senior manager of global purchasing and supply chain for General Motors Co., discussed the company's strategy when it comes to lightweighting.


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Material Insights: Firms declare price hikes, force majeure from Harvey

September 5, 2017 10:28 am ET

A price hike for PE has taken hold as other hikes for PVC and another for PE could be on deck as a market analyst said Harvey's impact could be larger and longer lasting than other storms in the region.


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Plastics News Now: SPE celebrates 75th anniversary

August 31, 2017 6:00 am ET

The Society of Plastics Engineers toasted to 75 years as a group in Detroit, NBA jerseys will use recycled PET and a triathlete is raising awareness for prosthetic limbs.


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Material Insights: Storm, flooding impacting PE production

August 28, 2017 1:35 pm ET

Flooding in the Houston area from Hurricane Harvey has displaced thousands and polyethylene production has been shuttered at several facilities. We talk to senior reporter Frank Esposito about the storm's impact.