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At Taipei Plas, guarded reactions to China-US trade war

On the floor at the recent Taipei Plas trade show, the mood regarding the US-China trade war was definitely mixed.


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Straw bans stir new business as firms leap to PLA replacement

The global movement to ban petroleum-based plastic straws has hit Taiwan's plastics machinery sector.


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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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Haitian reports solid results but sees choppier waters

Haitian International Holdings Ltd., China's biggest maker of injection molding equipment, saw sales jump a healthy 16.7 percent to 5.877 billion yuan ($858.2 million) in the first half of the year but warned of risks from global economic uncertainty and the U.S.-China trade conflict.


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Global equipment makers eye Taiwanese market

Some of the world's largest global brands in plastics equipment are aggressively targeting the small but muscular Taiwanese market.


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Consultant: European machinery market facing a 'correction'

The machinery market in Europe is set to contract in the coming years, by as much as 10 percent, according to an industry expert.


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Universal Robots says customizable cobots are affordable, easy to integrate

When a Danish startup introduced a user-friendly robot back in 2008, that could work safely close to people without guarded enclosures, some scoffed at the notion that such automation and collaboration would play a big role in advanced manufacturing.
Ten years later, collaborative robots, or cobots, are the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation and the plastics industry is a fast-growing market.


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Kautex names new China CEO

Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH has named a new CEO for its China subsidiary.


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Shanghai Kawata targets U.S. but wary over tariffs

Kawata Machinery Manufacturing (Shanghai) Co., a Japanese-invested auxiliary equipment manufacturer in China, is making a push into the U.S. market.


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