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Growth slows sharply for China's plastics processors


November 8, 2013 12:46 pm ET

FOSHAN, CHINA — Rising costs and economic challenges caused China’s plastics processing industry to see its growth slow to about 5 percent in the first nine months of the year, prompting the head of the country’s largest plastics association to make a forceful call for companies to innovate and adopt new technology.

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Dog days are good for materials firms' stocks


August 23, 2013 2:26 pm ET

As the stock market moves through the dog days of August, executives with most publicly held plastic materials makers have to be happy with how their firms' per-share stock prices have done in 2013.

Dow Chemical reports flat quarterly sales


July 26, 2013 3:35 pm ET

MIDLAND, MICH. — Dow Chemical Co. has reported that second-quarter sales were $14.6 billion, flat vs. the year ago period, with earnings (EBITDA), up 9 percent at $4.2 billion. Sales gains in the quarter were led by its agricultural sciences business. Sales also grew in its performance materials segment.

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Bemis sells Clysar shrink film division


May 30, 2013 1:17 pm ET

Bemis Co. Inc. has sold its shrink film division Clysar to Cove Point Holdings LLC, a privately held investment firm based in New York. Renamed Clysar LLC, Clysar will operate as a stand-alone, independent company.

Manufacturing slowdown in the US continues


May 27, 2013 9:47 am ET

A slowdown in US manufacturing activity is continuing, according to new figures. The Markit Flash US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell for the second month running in May, dipping to 51.9 from April's 52.1, but still above the crucial 50-mark, below which suggests contraction.

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