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China’s plastics sector remains a driver of global industry

Guangzhou, China -- For all the challenges in China's manufacturing sector, from slowing global growth hurting exports to rising production costs within the country, it remains the world's largest market for plastics and a significant driver for industry growth.

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China's Siasun brings plastics to robot manufacturing

Guangzhou, China -- China's largest robot maker, Siasun Co. Ltd., is turning to plastics to make a lighter and more versatile version of a collaborative robot, known as a cobot.

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Global resin makers want Chinese support on marine pollution

Guangzhou, China -- An alliance of global plastics resin makers and trade associations from the United States and Europe came to the Chinaplas trade fair May 17 with a very specific goal -- recruit China's state-owned plastics giants into their efforts to address plastic pollution in the ocean.


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Clariant adding additives production in China

Guangzhou, China -- Intent on serving China, the world's No. 1 market for plastics additives, Swiss-based specialty chemicals company Clariant International Ltd. will bring online two new production facilities at its Zhenjiang, China, plant next year, the company announced at Chinaplas.

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Covestro to add polycarbonate capacity in China again

German materials company Covestro AG has announced plans to further increase polycarbonate production capacity at its plant in Shanghai, just months after an earlier expansion was launched at the site.

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'Grim outlook' for China's plastics recyclers

Dongguan, China -- China's scrap plastics recyclers are on edge as Beijing cracks down on smuggling, dodgy dealers and imported bales of even slightly contaminated waste.
The aggressive push is having ripple effects in the United States, the world's biggest exporter of scrap plastics.

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Freudenberg Medical expands in China

Freudenberg Medical has opened a 13,000-square-foot expansion to its operations in Shenzhen, China.


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China XD privatization plan criticized

Some stock analysts and investors are sharply criticizing the privatization plans of automotive compounder China XD Plastics Co. Ltd., saying it undervalues the company.

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China's recycling crackdown gets high profile; impact still unclear

National Sword 2017, the name for China's latest effort to crackdown on problem imports of recycled plastics, won't be an issue for those who play by the rules, says one recycler close to the action.

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China's BanBao to begin selling sustainable toy blocks this year

Chinese toy company BanBao plans to beat Lego A/S in the introduction of sustainable plastic children's building blocks.

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