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Re-inventing the (plastic) wheel, in China's shared bike industry

On Chinese streets, bicycles are coming back in favor, but with a new twist that means a boost for the plastics industry. In the last year and a half, bike-sharing companies have mushroomed in Chinese cities. Shanghai alone now has a reported 450,000 shared bicycles, rented though GPS-enabled mobile phone apps.


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Eastman makes China the global launch for new bioplastic

Eastman Chemical Co. launched a new bioplastic material at the Chinaplas trade show that's made 50 percent from trees from sustainably managed forests.


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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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HP says 3D printing is moving from niche to production

Computer and printer maker HP Inc. is getting into the additive manufacturing industry and believes the new technology could disrupt traditional plastics processes like injection molding.


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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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