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Taiwan exec donates $1 million to UMass Lowell 3D printing lab

The president of a small, high-end Taiwanese injection molder has donated $1 million to his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, for a 3D printing and rapid prototyping lab.


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ISRI urges China to revise plastic scrap import ban

One of the largest recycling trade groups in the United States wants China to revise its proposed ban on imported recycled scrap, saying it would significantly disrupt trade and do little to meet Beijing's goal of protecting the environment.


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Arkema to invest in new bio-based nylon production

French materials supplier Arkema SA is expanding its activities in Asia, with a number of key investments announced in the region, including at its Nansha, China facility.


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China plastic scrap ban reactions range from 'devastating' to an opportunity

China's July 18 announcement that it will ban imports of scrap plastics and other "foreign garbage" recyclables by the end of the year was met with quick criticism from global recycling groups, who described the move as "devastating" and "catastrophic."

But others in the industry saw potential positives.


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ISRI: China ban on scrap could start with plastics

A U.S. recycling trade association is raising new concerns about rumors that China may put in place either a ban or severe restrictions on imported recycled materials, with plastics possibly being the first target.


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Australian draft plan aims to reduce marine debris

The Australian Government has issued a draft threat abatement plan with strategies to reduce marine debris.


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Chinese firms see gains but worry over costs, trade

China's Hong Kong-listed plastics companies are reporting mixed results for 2016, with some helped by government infrastructure spending, while others were citing increased pressure to move to lower cost countries like Vietnam or watching for signs of potential trade wars.


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China XD privatization plan criticized

Some stock analysts and investors are sharply criticizing the privatization plans of automotive compounder China XD Plastics Co. Ltd., saying it undervalues the company.


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China's recycling crackdown gets high profile; impact still unclear

National Sword 2017, the name for China's latest effort to crackdown on problem imports of recycled plastics, won't be an issue for those who play by the rules, says one recycler close to the action.


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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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