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Lego wins another intellectual property case in China

Danish toymaker Lego A/S has won a major case against four companies for infringing "multiple copyrights" of its building sets under the Lepin brand in China.

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Toy industry nervously waits on U.S. tariffs

For U.S. toy makers and retailers, the $17.7 billion question is whether the Trump administration will slap tariffs on Chinese-made toys.

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Global machinery firms cautious on 2018

Some of the world's largest plastic equipment companies are predicting that 2018 will be a year of more cautious growth, but growth nonetheless.

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Sinochem buys Spain’s Elix Polymers

Spanish engineering plastics specialist Elix Polymers SL says it is starting a new chapter in its 40-year history, with its acquisition by a Chinese owner.

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Tariffs prompt new US PVC flooring investments

Avoiding new U.S. tariffs on imported PVC flooring from China are part of the reason behind two separate investments in new factories in the United States, executives with both firms said.

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Report: Tariffs squeeze US resin exports to China

Trade tariffs between the U.S. and China will have a massive negative effect on U.S. polyolefins exports to China next year, but ultimately will help American plastics processors, according to a report from global consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.

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US government rejects PET dumping duties

In a unanimous vote that disappointed the American PET resin manufacturing industry, the U.S. International Trade Commission decided not to place anti-dumping duties on PET resin imported into the U.S. from five foreign countries.

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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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