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Midea wants more ties with plastics industry

China's Midea Group, the world's largest maker of major home appliances, is calling for more cooperation with the plastics industry to develop next generation materials like those that can replace sensors or provide new kinds of foam insulation.


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Chinese investment in West Virginia could include PE resin

A major Chinese investment in West Virginia's energy industry could include plastic resin production, according to an official with an industry group.


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Chinese cosmetics molder HCP looks for European investment to be 'game changing'

Shanghai-based cosmetics industry supplier HCP Packaging Group is looking for significant growth in Europe with the acquisition of plastics firms in Germany and France, a company executive said at the recent CosmoProf Asia show.


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Lanxess expanding 'high-tech' plastics production in China

German speciality chemicals company Lanxess AG is building a new production plant for high-performance plastics in Changzhou, China in a bid to strengthen its presence in the fast growing Chinese market.


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Plastic Bank recycling effort partners with Henkel as it expands

Officials at Plastic Bank are forging major business partnerships, getting props from the United Nations and preparing for a Vatican visit as their programs to stem the tide of ocean-bound plastic spread beyond the shores of Haiti and the Philippines.


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China offers signs of 'leeway' in imported plastic scrap ban

Possibly cracking open the door in its ban on plastic scrap imports, the Chinese government may allow some grades of clean material in, if they can be used directly in manufacturing, according to a Chinese industry group.


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Cosmopack offers look at molding in the Instagram age

Let's talk about beauty bloggers, shall we? It may seem a strange topic for the plastics supply chain, but bloggers, those social media arbiters of taste, were on the minds of many manufacturers at the recent Cosmopack show in Hong Kong.


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BIR: China plastic scrap imports could 'nosedive'

China's imports of plastics recycling scrap are likely to "nosedive" to less than half of normal levels next year in the wake of Beijing's strict ban on overseas waste materials, according to the Brussels-based industry group the Bureau of International Recycling.


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China Array goes off beaten path in medical molding industry

Companies specializing in precision engineering and high-performance plastics may still be something of a rarity in commodity-oriented China. But for Pittsfield, Mass.-based China Array Plastics LLC, it's a path the company has been walking for a decade now.


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With focus on Asia, FRX raises $12 million, plans IPO in Australia

Specialty chemicals firm FRX Polymers Inc. has secured $12 million in a round of financing led by an unidentified Chinese private equity fund, and plans an initial public offering next year in Australia where it hopes to raise more than $20 million.


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