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Arburg starts taking orders for Freeformer

For fans of 3-D printing, Fakuma 2014 marks an important date: Arburg is taking German orders for the Freeformer.

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PolyOne denies report it's bidding for Klöckner Pentaplast

Compounding leader PolyOne Corp. is denying a report that it bid as much as $2 billion for film and sheet major Klöckner Pentaplast Group.

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Tetra Pak ready to begin making first all plant-based package

Packaging giant Tetra Pak International SA is rolling out what it said will be the industry's first carton made entirely from plant-based, renewable packaging materials.

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Opinion: Trade shows are making a comeback

Everyone in the plastics industry used to talk about how there were too many trade shows. But with the improving economy and an explosion of interest in new technology, there's definitely a need these days for good events where people can network -- in person -- and kick the tires on the latest equipment, materials, tooling and services.

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Opinion: Taipei Plas shines light at wider world of plastics

My trip to a show like Taipei Plas in Taiwan is a nice reminder that there's a whole world in the plastics industry outside the top technology shown at mega-events in "mature" economies, like Germany's K Fair, NPE in the United States and IPF show in Japan.

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P&G wants to double level of recycled resin in its packaging

Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble Co. is out with expanded sustainability goals, including a desire to double the company's use of recycled resin in plastic packaging.

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JCI looking at nanoparticle coatings to reduce VOCs in auto interiors

In an effort to improve interior air quality in the cars for which it supplies parts, the interiors division of Johnson Controls Inc. recently explored methods of reducing levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in cabin air.

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Taiwan's machinery makers looking to speed development of all-electrics

TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- Taiwan's large plastics machinery industry faces a challenge -- less than 10 percent of its equipment uses the more eco-friendly all-electric technology favored by high-tech customers like the computer and medical industries.

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Corbion Purac partner to open PLA polymerization facility in China

Corbion Purac NV's collaboration with Taiwan-headquartered compounder Supla Co. Ltd. and Taiwan electronics producer Kuender & Co. is paying dividends, with the debut of what it claims is the world's first bioplastic touchscreen computer housing.

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iPhone 6, smartphones may bring modest growth to Taiwan's plastics industry

Taiwan's plastics and rubber machinery industry, one of the world's largest exporters of plastics equipment, is projecting a modest recovery in the second half of the year, led by sales of the iPhone 6 and other smartphones.

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