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PNChina’s top 10 stories of 2016

The 10 most read stories in 2016 on the English site of PNChina reflect our readers' interest in design, material innovation, sustainability, global M&A, as well as in-depth Q&As with industry executives.


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Coca-Cola to roll out 'twist' bottles for UK water business

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has launched a new 'twist' bottle format and label for its Abbey Well Spring Water, which aims to be more environmentally friendly and encourage consumers to recycle more.


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Improving design by putting yourself in the user's shoes

Sometimes designers need to be reminded of the simple fact that they are human -- and so are the people who will use the products they design.


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20-somethings offer fresh take on old concept of pillboxes

The budding entrepreneurs found that pillboxes are not just for the elderly. Adults of all ages who take supplements or vitamins as well medicines could use a more efficient way to organize their pills and remember when to take them.


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Trends emerge from DuPont packaging awards

The 2016 Awards for Packaging Innovation -- the 28th occasion that materials group DuPont Co. has issued the awards - revealed how manufacturers and brands are responding to pressures and trends currently bearing down on packaging.


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K 2016: Students, Dow join forces to turn plastics into fashion

When 15 models strut their stuff in one corner of a hall at the K show, it is all about the designs. But this is also about so much more than fashion.


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SPE, Tupperware, Solvay discuss innovation

The Society of Plastics Engineers is all about innovation. Plastics firms Tupperware Brands Corp. and Solvay Group share that focus.


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World's 'first all-plastic trumpet' wins Horners award

The pTrumpet, which claims to be the world's first all-plastic trumpet, has won the Horners Award for Plastics Innovation and Design 2016.


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Lehrmitt uses 3-D printing for mold textures

Lehrmitt Associates Inc.'s design studios of Austin, Texas, is using 3-D printing to etch molds with tactile, textured surfaces that bring the finishing touch of an artist to plastic consumer products.


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3-D printed tooling project bands together technology and design

Continuing its effort to connect with the industrial design community, PolyOne Corp. returns this year to the annual conference of the Industrial Designers Society of America with a new project showcasing how manufacturing feasibility can be tested with 3-D printed plastic tooling.


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