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As China trade fight escalates, industry sees concerns, gains

U.S. plastics and chemical associations reacted with growing concern to President Donald Trump's Sept. 17 announcement of major new tariffs on Chinese imports. But for some plastics companies in the packaging and vinyl flooring sectors, the news could be a victory.


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Straw bans stir new business as firms leap to PLA replacement

The global movement to ban petroleum-based plastic straws has hit Taiwan's plastics machinery sector.


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Report: Single-use plastic packaging must adapt to survive

Recycling and sustainability are here to stay, and the plastics industry must adapt in order to survive. That outlook is the main take away of "Rethinking single-use plastics," a study just published by market researchers with major financial institution Citi.


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Big US plastics firm Pactiv pushes for tariffs on Chinese packaging

Pactiv LLC, one of the largest U.S. plastics companies, is pushing for tariffs on a range of Chinese injection molded and thermoformed packaging, including cutlery and tableware.


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Firms argue against tariffs on low-tech plastic products

A key reason President Trump gives for slapping tariffs on those imports is that he wants leverage to end unfair trade practices, such as forced technology transfers and favoritism for Chinese high-tech sectors like electric cars, as part of Beijing's Made in China 2025 program.
But in the case of plastics film and other lower-tech plastics goods on the latest tariff list, many U.S. companies are telling the Trump administration thanks but no thanks, they don't face those sorts of pressures, and they don't want to be part of a trade war.


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UN calls bans 'effective strategies' to reduce plastic litter

A new report from the United Nations environmental agency says bans and taxes on single-use disposable plastics can be an effective strategy for combating plastic litter. The report also highlights benefits of polymer materials and says there is a need for cooperation with businesses.


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DuPont eyes $40 million upgrade to Chinese compounding plant

DowDuPont Specialty Products is boosting production and research in China with a $40 million upgrade to a compounding facility there, to satisfy the quickening pace of technological change there, especially in the automotive industry.


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Tech-Long, Unique unveil new partnership

Tech-Long Packaging Machinery Co. Ltd., one of the world's largest suppliers of PET stretch blow molding machines and beverage packaging lines, is partnering with another Chinese company, Unique Injection Molding Systems, for joint efforts in the Americas and much of Europe.


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Chinese compounder invests $15 million in US site

Chinese thermoplastic elastomer maker Top Polymer Enterprise Ltd. is investing $15 million in a factory near Atlanta, its first outside China, as it makes a bigger push into the U.S. market.


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Yizumi launches expansion plan

With orders up sizably in recent years, Guangdong Yizumi Precision Machinery Co. Ltd. has announced plans to expand its annual production capacity to 4 billion yuan ($630 million).


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