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Mattel buying Mega Bloks parent for $460 million


March 1, 2014 1:56 pm ET

Toy giant Mattel Inc. has decided to join the fast-growing toy construction block market through an acquisition of Mega Brands Inc.

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Lego looking for a sustainable replacement for ABS


February 18, 2014 3:15 pm ET

ORLANDO, FLA. — Lego A/S is setting a target to use a sustainable resin in its signature bricks by 2030, replacing ABS. The search for that new resin will not be easy, though, said Allan Rasmussen, senior project manager for Lego. Not only...

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More limits on chemicals in toys likely


February 4, 2014 11:11 am ET

The global push on toy safety in recent years, which some government regulators believe has reduced the number of unsafe toys in the market, is not going away.

Flambeau claims victory in patent fight


January 17, 2014 10:50 am ET

A Utah federal district court judge has ruled that Flambeau Inc. did not infringe on patent claims filed by Etagz Inc., of Springvale, Utah.

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Hong Kong plastic toy industry looks for better 2014


January 15, 2014 9:35 am ET

HONG KONG — Hong Kong's large, plastics-intensive toy manufacturing industry had a tough 2013, but executives at the Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair in early January were hoping that 2014 will bring more cheer.

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Detroit SPE makes annual toy donation


December 20, 2013 2:28 pm ET

In 2000, two members of the Society of Plastics Engineers' Detroit chapter — Don Root of Uniplas Inc. and Bob Fischer of American Plastic Toys Inc. — brainstormed an idea for the section to collaborate on a toy donation. Now in its 13th...

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Toymakers battle for supremacy


December 18, 2013 3:25 pm ET

Forget the most wonderful time of the year. For Mattel and Hasbro, it's the most stressful. The toy giants are entering the holiday season — which accounts for a whopping 40 percent of their annual revenue — trying to win a larger piece...

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Inventor brings US business into loop with Wonder Loom


December 17, 2013 10:53 am ET

WIXOM, MICH. — Two years after going into business, Rainbow Loom inventor Cheong Choon Ng was nearing the millionth sale of his plastic-pronged device for weaving colorful rubber band bracelets. Then sales skyrocketed — and now he's...

Hong Kong debates limits on phthalates, consumer group finds high levels in toys


November 25, 2013 2:10 pm ET

A consumer watchdog group in Hong Kong said it has found levels of phthalates in plastic toys up to 380 times that allowed in the United States and Europe, releasing its research as the government there considers tougher rules on the chemicals.

Prime Plastics hires firm to sort out future


September 6, 2013 2:10 pm ET

WASHINGTON, PA. — Prime Plastics Inc. recently hired Equity Partners CRB LLC to seek an investor, a joint venture partner, a source of refinancing or a buyer for the Washington-based blow molder.

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