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Investment firm buys Ontario cap molder


October 23, 2014 2:01 pm ET

A company whose varied interests include food and refrigerated transportation businesses is now moving into plastic caps.

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Toyoda Gosei's growth strategy places a big focus on North America


October 23, 2014 1:21 pm ET

Sometimes, knowing your weaknesses is just as important as knowing your strengths. And if 2014 is any indication, automotive supplier Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. intends to strengthen its presence in all regions of the world.

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Reshoring trend seen in machine sales for KraussMaffei in US


October 13, 2014 6:00 am ET

So far, 2014 is going really well for machinery major KraussMaffei Group.

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Housing market stirs PVC potential


October 10, 2014 12:59 pm ET

North American PVC makers should continue to benefit from a stronger housing sector, while global polystyrene growth will improve somewhat in a still struggling market.

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Nylon, PC, ABS could hit overcapacity


October 10, 2014 12:24 pm ET

Overcapacity might eclipse solid global growth for nylon, polycarbonate and ABS resins for the next five years.

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Mergers & acquisitions continuing a hot streak in closures business


October 7, 2014 1:47 pm ET

Mergers and acquisitions in the plastics industry continue at a torrid pace, extending a years-long run that's been fueled to a large degree by private equity money and strong credit markets.

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US auto industry accelerating upward


October 3, 2014 1:23 pm ET

Economist Bill Wood's latest forecast calls for an increase of 5 percent in the total number of motor vehicles assembled in the U.S. in 2015.

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Battle brewing over single-use coffee pods


October 2, 2014 12:25 pm ET

UPDATED — A battle is brewing in the world of single-service coffee pods. A major Canadian roaster of the beverage beans is suing North America's leading manufacturer and supplier of the pods and single-serve coffee machines.

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Global Plastics Summit puts PE prices in the spotlight


October 1, 2014 3:17 pm ET

Product manufacturers may start to shift away from polyethylene because of high prices, according to two major plastics processors.

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Japan's parts makers face challenges as carmakers expand supply base


September 29, 2014 11:01 am ET

For all their size and success, Japanese auto suppliers that rocketed to global dominance on the coattails of their No. 1 customer, Toyota Motor Corp., face a perilous new reality.

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