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Austrian firms bring their apprenticeship model to China

Walk out on the floor at the Shanghai factory of Austrian machinery maker Engel Holding GmbH and toward the back of the plant, you'll find a group of industrious young adults, all under 20 years old, learning the ropes.
They're part of an unusual program in the plastics industry to bring intensive European-style apprentice training to China. The program, Austrian Apprenticeship Shanghai, is in its fourth year and this year graduated its first class.


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Plastics apprenticeships offer fresh path to China's students

For the young apprentices in an Austrian-led plastics training program in Shanghai, starting work at age 15 in a foreign-owned company can be a chance to follow a different path than their peers.


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Procter & Gamble backs new technology for recycling polypropylene

One of the largest consumer products companies is helping launch a plastics recycling plant near Ironton, Ohio, that promises to change the face of polypropylene recovery. Procter & Gamble Co. is licensing its patented PP recycling approach to a company called PureCycle Technologies.


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Fuling sets the table with new China factory

Nasdaq-listed Chinese plastic tableware maker Fuling Global Inc. has opened a new factory in China, its fourth there, as part of a plan to double its production capacity within three years.


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UN Environment declares war on ocean plastics

The environment agency of the United Nations is urging governments to ban or tax plastic bags, restrict microplastic beads in cosmetics and take other actions against single-use packaging.


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Euro Parliament committee wants return to ambitious waste plan

The European Parliament's Environment Committee has called for boosting recycling and reducing packaging waste in its amendment to the draft European Union waste package legislation.


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Zotefoams buys out Chinese joint venture partner

Specialist polymer foam producer Zotefoams plc has acquired full ownership of its Chinese joint venture, Kunshan Zotek King Lai (KZKL), from King Lai Group. No financial terms have been announced.


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As retailing changes, packaging designers must adapt

Global packaging and supply chain management company Havi expects to see new packaging options as more and more business moves from traditional retailers to electronic commerce.


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Platinum completes purchase of plastics units from Singapore's Broadway

Los Angeles-based investment firm Platinum Equity LLC said Dec. 30 it closed on the acquisition of two plastics-related companies from Singapore's Broadway Industrial Group Ltd.


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Klöckner Pentaplast plans IPO

Rigid films maker Klöckner Pentaplast Group plans to go public. The move to become a public company follows previous reported attempts to sell the firm in 2014.


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