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Australia taking on microbeads, seeks voluntary phase out


October 2, 2014 12:41 pm ET

An Australian environment minister has declared war on polyethylene microbeads.

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Mountain biker turns to polyurethane skin to cover two-wheel investment


September 22, 2014 2:01 pm ET

An Australian mountain biker keen to protect an expensive new purchase is converting the two-wheel world to his polyurethane product.

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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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Firewire rides aerospace materials to new surfboard design


September 17, 2014 2:18 pm ET

Surfboard manufacturer Firewire Surfboards Ltd. has developed a new board design it says is more flexible than its predecessor designs.

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Tiny plastics swim in Australian waters


September 17, 2014 11:16 am ET

A University of Western Australia marine scientist has found the sea's surface in Australian waters is contaminated by more than 4,000 pieces of tiny plastic per square kilometer.

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Pact ponders purchase of Indonesian manufacturer


September 8, 2014 2:58 pm ET

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — Pact Group Holdings Ltd., Australia's largest rigid plastic packaging manufacturer, is conducting due diligence with a view to buying Indonesia's main rigid plastics manufacturer.

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A. Schulman buys Australia's Compco, 10th acquisition in 4 years


September 2, 2014 11:13 am ET

UPDATED — Materials firm A. Schulman Inc.'s buying spree has reached double digits. The Fairlawn, Ohio-based company on Sept. 2 announced its 10th acquisition in four years, buying Australian compounder and concentrate maker Compco Pty. Ltd....

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Australia's Orora buys Texas packaging distributor Worldwide Plastics


September 2, 2014 2:54 pm ET

Australian packaging company Orora Ltd. has bought San Antonio, Texas-based plastic packaging distributor Worldwide Plastics Co.

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Poor plastic coating prompts cable recall


August 29, 2014 2:10 pm ET

Australia's competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has ordered a major recall of 2,485 miles of electrical cabling due to poor-quality plastic insulation coating.

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Polycarbonate training device help swimmers go for the gold


August 26, 2014 12:17 pm ET

A strange-looking Australian-designed polycarbonate swimming training device has helped an Aussie swimmer win gold at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

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