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China's ban prompts US recycling investment

China's ban on imports of recycled material is pushing more U.S. companies to invest in new recycling capacity.


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China XD keeps up expansion pace

Automotive materials supplier China XD Plastics Co. Ltd. said Aug. 9 that sales rose 13 percent in the second quarter of 2017, to $313.6 million, as the company told analysts it plans to continue its aggressive spending on expansion.


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Sealed Air buying Fagerdala Singapore in $100 million deal

Sealed Air Corp. is acquiring a polyethylene foam maker in a $100 million move that enhances the company's manufacturing and presence in Asia.


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Asahi Kasei to build plastic compounds plant in China

Asahi Kasei Corp is expanding production of plastic compounds in China, the Tokyo-based speciality chemicals company announced Aug. 23.


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Process marries plastics, 3D printing and electroplating

Applications for 3D printing are growing at dizzying speed. One new strategy, however, stands out because it marries plastics, 3D printing and electroplating to easily create a complex research instrument that manipulates individual molecules.


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For foreign plastics firms, China’s medical market hard to crack

China's medical-devices market is booming, but regulatory walls and concerns about intellectual property are keeping foreign processors largely on the bottom tier of the supply chain here.


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China’s plastics firms report strong first half

Hong Kong-listed plastics machinery and processing companies are posting strong results for the first half of the year, citing rising demand in China as automation along with overseas trade initiatives take hold.


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Mehow's journey into LSR has been fruitful but difficult

Chinese injection molder Mehow Innovation Ltd. was firmly ensconced in the medical device manufacturing market when it decided it needed to branch out.
It was 2011, and the Shenzhen-based firm was facing more and more intense competition in its traditional thermoplastics molding market and searching for a competitive advantage.


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APR: China ban part of 'tsunami' of pressure for more recycled-content plastic

China's proposed ban on scrap plastic imports could be part of a "tsunami" of increasing pressure on companies to use more recycled content in their products, according to the head of a U.S. plastics recycling association.


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China's plastics recyclers look overseas amid government crackdown

China's ongoing crackdown on recycling companies and its mid-July announcement it will ban imported scrap plastic is likely to shift investment in plastic recycling to other countries.


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