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China XD keeps up expansion pace

Automotive materials supplier China XD Plastics Co. Ltd. said Aug. 9 that sales rose 13 percent in the second quarter of 2017, to $313.6 million, as the company told analysts it plans to continue its aggressive spending on expansion.


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Process marries plastics, 3D printing and electroplating

Applications for 3D printing are growing at dizzying speed. One new strategy, however, stands out because it marries plastics, 3D printing and electroplating to easily create a complex research instrument that manipulates individual molecules.


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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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