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DuPont eyes $40 million upgrade to Chinese compounding plant

DowDuPont Specialty Products is boosting production and research in China with a $40 million upgrade to a compounding facility there, to satisfy the quickening pace of technological change there, especially in the automotive industry.


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Samsonite switches some molding work from Asia to Europe

Samsonite-Hungária, the Hungary offshoot of global luggage maker Samsonite International SA, is planning to switch its supply of plastic molded component parts from Asia to local processing companies in Europe.


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Clariant keeps China as core

Muttenz, Switzerland-based speciality chemicals behemoth Clariant International Ltd. makes no secret of moving China from the periphery to the heart of its global growth plans.


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China scrap plastic imports may drop 95 percent

Scrap plastic imported into China this year will likely plummet from 2017 levels, possibly to less than 5 percent of what it was last year, according to an estimate from a Chinese plastics recycling organization.


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Industry worried about 'unintended consequences' of trade war

Call it collateral damage from a trade war with China: Saudi Basic Industries Inc. says steep tariffs proposed on U.S. polycarbonate exports to China could cause the company to shift some production out of the United States.


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Tariff talk dominates Chinaplas discussions

With trade tensions rising between the U.S. and China -- and the possibility of each country slapping sizable tariffs on large parts of their trade in plastics -- there was, as you might expect, a lot of concern on the floor of Chinaplas.


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Chinese compounder invests $15 million in US site

Chinese thermoplastic elastomer maker Top Polymer Enterprise Ltd. is investing $15 million in a factory near Atlanta, its first outside China, as it makes a bigger push into the U.S. market.


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National Sword may create new trade route for plastics beyond China

At China's twice-annual Replas convention, plastics recyclers reflected on the massive global shifts caused by Beijing's National Sword campaign. New limits announced April 19 on imports of post-industrial waste were seen by some as another nail in the coffin for China's once-thriving scrap plastics importing business.


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China's National Sword to cut post-industrial plastic scrap

China's ban on recycled plastics imports, dubbed National Sword, will cut even deeper for reclaimers around the globe.


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Dow Packaging bets on Asia's middle class

Dow Chemical Co.'s Packaging and Specialty Plastics Division sees Asia's fast-growing urban middle class as a key market in coming years.


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