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Arkema to invest in new bio-based nylon production

French materials supplier Arkema SA is expanding its activities in Asia, with a number of key investments announced in the region, including at its Nansha, China facility.

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HP out to prove 3D printing is ready for wider production

Global computer maker HP Inc. is predicting open materials development and consistent build times will be the boost 3D printing needs for wider application in automotive and other industries.

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Pennsylvania conference takes deep dive into technical aspects of molding

A plastics technical conference at the Pennsylvania State University campus in the city of Eric had a little bit of something for everyone, from tool design and hot runners to molding technology.

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China plastic scrap ban reactions range from 'devastating' to an opportunity

China's July 18 announcement that it will ban imports of scrap plastics and other "foreign garbage" recyclables by the end of the year was met with quick criticism from global recycling groups, who described the move as "devastating" and "catastrophic."

But others in the industry saw potential positives.

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Re-inventing the (plastic) wheel, in China's shared bike industry

On Chinese streets, bicycles are coming back in favor, but with a new twist that means a boost for the plastics industry. In the last year and a half, bike-sharing companies have mushroomed in Chinese cities. Shanghai alone now has a reported 450,000 shared bicycles, rented though GPS-enabled mobile phone apps.

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Plastics suppliers gear up for China's electric vehicle market

China's transformation in the last two years into the world's largest market for electric vehicles has the plastics supply chain gearing up.

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DuPont targets China's auto market with blow molding R&D investment

Anticipating a surge in demand for turbo-charged engines in China's automotive industry, DuPont Co.'s performance materials unit has installed a 3D suction blow-molding machine at its Shanghai research and development center.

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ISRI: China ban on scrap could start with plastics

A U.S. recycling trade association is raising new concerns about rumors that China may put in place either a ban or severe restrictions on imported recycled materials, with plastics possibly being the first target.

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Eastman makes China the global launch for new bioplastic

Eastman Chemical Co. launched a new bioplastic material at the Chinaplas trade show that's made 50 percent from trees from sustainably managed forests.

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Tekni-Plex builds $15 million plant in China

Tekni-Plex Inc. has built a $15 million manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China, to meet demand for pharmaceutical and medical devices in the Asia-Pacific region.

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