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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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Colloids invests, upgrades China operations

U.K. masterbatch maker and compounder Colloids Group is expanding its China operations, spending $2 million to upgrade its plant there and bringing in new executive leadership.


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Emerging markets, shale and supplier partners fuel Sekisui SPI

Shale gas in the U.S., the emerging middle class in Asia and the rise of mass customization in manufacturing are fueling opportunities for compounder Sekisui Polymer Innovations LLC.


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'Burdensome' regulations frustrate European firms in China

European firms say internet restrictions, regulatory barriers and market-access restrictions are hampering prospects on the mainland.


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Universal Robots says customizable cobots are affordable, easy to integrate

When a Danish startup introduced a user-friendly robot back in 2008, that could work safely close to people without guarded enclosures, some scoffed at the notion that such automation and collaboration would play a big role in advanced manufacturing.
Ten years later, collaborative robots, or cobots, are the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation and the plastics industry is a fast-growing market.


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Kautex names new China CEO

Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH has named a new CEO for its China subsidiary.


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Southeast Asia countries adopting stricter plastic scrap limits

Strict new limits on plastics scrap imports in Southeast Asia, including announcements in recent days by authorities Thailand, could have a "devastating" impact on Chinese recyclers, according to the head of one of the country's recycling associations.


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As U.S.-China tariffs start, execs worry over prolonged conflict

As a potential trade war kicks off between China and the United States, plastics industry executives facing 25 percent tariffs on their products are expressing worry over damage from a prolonged conflict.


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Clariant keeps China as core

Muttenz, Switzerland-based speciality chemicals behemoth Clariant International Ltd. makes no secret of moving China from the periphery to the heart of its global growth plans.


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Tech-Long, Unique unveil new partnership

Tech-Long Packaging Machinery Co. Ltd., one of the world's largest suppliers of PET stretch blow molding machines and beverage packaging lines, is partnering with another Chinese company, Unique Injection Molding Systems, for joint efforts in the Americas and much of Europe.


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