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TPE production moving from Asia to North America

The global thermoplastic elastomer market is "at a change point" in 2018, with the supply chain shifting from Asia and Europe to North America, according to industry consultant Robert Eller.


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Study expects tax, rules reforms will fuel reshoring

Lower costs to manufacture in the United States, fueled by lower corporate taxes and a reduction of government regulations, are driving the reshoring of manufacturing work, according to a study by consulting group Plante Moran and the Reshoring Initiative.


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As China trade fight escalates, industry sees concerns, gains

U.S. plastics and chemical associations reacted with growing concern to President Donald Trump's Sept. 17 announcement of major new tariffs on Chinese imports. But for some plastics companies in the packaging and vinyl flooring sectors, the news could be a victory.


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At Taipei Plas, guarded reactions to China-US trade war

On the floor at the recent Taipei Plas trade show, the mood regarding the US-China trade war was definitely mixed.


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Taiwan recycling-machine makers see gold in green laws

Tough new plastics recycling and environmental laws in Taiwan and mainland China are boosting the fortunes of the island's small but feisty recycling-machine makers.


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China's Minghua planning additional facility in South Carolina

Auto parts maker Minghua USA Inc. is planning an investment of at least $29 million in an additional facility in Greer, S.C., that could result in 79 new jobs.


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China's Star Rapid sees future in Industry 4.0

There's data. There's automation. And then there's intelligent manufacturing. And woe unto the management team that confuses them, says new CEO David Hunter at China's Star Rapid Ltd.


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Consultant: European machinery market facing a 'correction'

The machinery market in Europe is set to contract in the coming years, by as much as 10 percent, according to an industry expert.


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Vinyl flooring makers seek tariffs on Chinese imports

U.S. vinyl flooring and tile makers are pushing for tariffs on Chinese imports, arguing it will result in more domestic investment and jobs, and help them overcome a flood of imports.


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US plastics groups say tariffs will hike costs, cut access to China

U.S. plastics industry lobbying groups were out in force this week against President Donald Trump's latest tariffs on Chinese imports, arguing that the escalating trade conflict could shut off U.S. plastics exports to China and make U.S. companies less competitive internationally.


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