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TPE production moving from Asia to North America

The global thermoplastic elastomer market is "at a change point" in 2018, with the supply chain shifting from Asia and Europe to North America, according to industry consultant Robert Eller.


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As China trade fight escalates, industry sees concerns, gains

U.S. plastics and chemical associations reacted with growing concern to President Donald Trump's Sept. 17 announcement of major new tariffs on Chinese imports. But for some plastics companies in the packaging and vinyl flooring sectors, the news could be a victory.


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Taiwan’s PIDC focuses on practical innovation

You get the feeling that Thomas Edison - he of 1,093 patents and witticisms linking genius and perspiration -- would like Taiwan's Plastics Industry Development Center.


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China's Star Rapid sees future in Industry 4.0

There's data. There's automation. And then there's intelligent manufacturing. And woe unto the management team that confuses them, says new CEO David Hunter at China's Star Rapid Ltd.


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Invista to build major nylon 6/6 feedstock plant in China

To combat a global shortage of nylon 6/6 resin, materials firm Invista will build a $1 billion plant in China making adiponitrile, a key nylon 6/6 feedstock that's been in short supply.


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China XD: Tighter Chinese credit hurts privatization push

Tightening credit in China is complicating efforts by U.S.-listed compounder China XD Plastics Co. Ltd. to take itself private, as well as denting its sales growth, according to company executives.


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First resin tariffs kick in for US-China trade war

The U.S.-China trade war officially came to the plastics materials sector Aug. 23, with the two countries kicking off tariffs in the early morning hours on about $4.2 billion in chemicals and plastics.


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BASF studying $10 billion project in China

German chemical giant BASF SE has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build its third largest chemicals complex, in the Chinese southern province of Guangdong.


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Closed Loop and partners team up for Asia marine litter investment firm

Closed Loop Partners, industry and environmental groups are ready to put money into projects to improve waste management in Asia and help reduce marine pollution.


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Vietnam, Malaysia limit plastic scrap imports

Vietnam and Malaysia have enacted further restrictions on imports of plastic scrap, as both countries seek a better handle on the sizable increase in recycled materials in their ports in the wake of China's ban on imported waste.


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