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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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With focus on Asia, FRX raises $12 million, plans IPO in Australia

Specialty chemicals firm FRX Polymers Inc. has secured $12 million in a round of financing led by an unidentified Chinese private equity fund, and plans an initial public offering next year in Australia where it hopes to raise more than $20 million.


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Eva invests $125 million in Mexico, China

Chinese plastics and metals processor Eva Precision Holdings Ltd. is plunging ahead with investments of more than $125 million in Mexico and China to expand work for global customers in the office equipment and automotive industries.


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HP out to prove 3D printing is ready for wider production

Global computer maker HP Inc. is predicting open materials development and consistent build times will be the boost 3D printing needs for wider application in automotive and other industries.


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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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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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American injection molder grows from 'crawl' to 'run' in China

Steady growth is prompting Poly-Cast Plastics (Suzhou) Co. Ltd., a U.S.-owned injection molding company in China, to plan a sizable expansion.


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The first African made smartphones are a sign of upgraded plastics industry

Africa is getting some attention this week in manufacturing and plastics, with news that a South African startup is planning to start the first-ever production of smartphones and tablet computers on the continent.



Electronics molder adding size, capabilities in Canada

Custom injection molder Patrick Industries Inc. is expanding in Markham, Ontario, and is preparing to enter thermoforming next year. Patrick is part of Season Group, a vertically integrated electronics manufacturer headquartered in Donguang, China.


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McDonald's recalls plastic activity bands after complaints

McDonald's is recalling millions of activity wristbands that were given out in Happy Meals after getting reports from customers of skin irritations and burns from wearing the colorful plastic bands.


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