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Mexico will benefit from strong US economy, experts say

February 16, 2015 6:00 am ET

Mexico is benefiting from the strengthening U.S. economy, and its plastics industry can look forward to a sustained period of success as a result, analysts at a Mexico City conference concluded.


Water shortage in Brazil may force firms into more costly alternatives

February 13, 2015 11:43 am ET

Months into a worsening water shortage that has South America's largest city on the brink of rationing, The São Paulo state government may soon encourage or force major companies in plastics and petrochemicals to start using more costly...


Study: Plastic ocean waste on the rise

February 12, 2015 4:09 pm ET

A new study estimates that 4 million to 12 million metric tons of plastics are washed into the world's oceans annually — or between 1.5 and 4.5 percent of the world's total plastic production.


Williams restarts ethylene production at Louisiana plant

February 12, 2015 1:53 pm ET

Williams Cos. Inc. has restarted production of plastic feedstock ethylene at a plant in Geismar, La., that was the site of a fatal explosion less than two years ago.


Plastindia will stay in Gandhinagar

February 11, 2015 3:29 pm ET

The Plastindia trade show announced Feb. 11 that its next edition, in 2018, will remain in Gandhinagar, rather than relocate back to New Delhi, with organizers announcing it a success in its new venue.


India's plastics industry asking for tariffs on finished goods

February 11, 2015 11:34 am ET

India's plastics industry is asking the government to raise import duties on a range of plastic products, arguing that it needs protection from manufactured goods from Southeast Asia and China, in particular.


Report: Plastics production increasing, but recycling falling behind

February 9, 2015 4:29 pm ET

Production of plastics around the world continues to increase, but recycling is lagging, according to new research from the Worldwatch Institute.


Rigid plastic recycling grows in Canada

February 9, 2015 12:33 pm ET

Recycling programs for non-bottle rigid containers are the fastest growing programs in Canada.


ECM, FTC both claim success in ruling on biodegradability claims

February 6, 2015 4:35 pm ET

Both sides are claiming success in a Federal Trade Commission ruling regarding biodegradability claims of a plastics additive from ECM BioFilms Inc.


Study: Indian plastics industry to grow 10 percent a year through 2018

February 6, 2015 2:47 pm ET

India's plastics processing sector is expected to grow 10 percent a year through 2018, although from a small base, as the manufacturing industry and economy shows signs of rebounding, according to industry statistics released at the Plastindia trade ...

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