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China’s PVC exports face steep challenges

Despite robust growth in the first half of the year, China's PVC exports now faces new challenges, due to trade barriers and new capacity ramping up in other countries.


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Milacron commits $30 million to investment in India

Cincinnati-based Milacron LLC plans to invest $30 million over the next three years in India. Meanwhile, Milacron also has been expanding in China.


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Bayer, SCAC partner on water reuse project

Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) and Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical Co. Ltd. (SCAC) have entered into a preliminary agreement for the reuse of waste water from Bayer's polycarbonate production in Shanghai.


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Cooper-Standard forms Asia JV, moving regional headquarters

Cooper Standard Holdings Inc. has been very busy in the Asia-Pacific region. It's forming a JV with Inoac Corp. of Japan and also in the process of moving its Asia-Pacific headquarters from Kunshan, China, to Shanghai.


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Enor Corp. moves toy production to U.S. from China

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has convinced toy producer Enor Corp. to expand U.S. production at the expense of sourcing from China.


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Innovative vinyl wrap protects trees from animals

American farmer Jim Saunders pitched his idea for a vinyl wrap to protect tree trunks from deer to U.S. processors in five states, but no one would go out on a limb to manufacture the first small run of his patented product.


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Has the current M&A cycle peaked?

Plastics M&A veteran Thomas Blaige has called the peak of the current investment cycle.


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Automakers look under the hood for the next lightweighting opportunities

The automotive industry's current favorite target for lightweighting efforts is the powertrain, according to a recent survey.


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Search for 'superpolymer' led to nylon 75 years ago

The quest for synthetic silk led to the creation of nylon, the versatile engineering resin that's celebrating its 75th birthday this year.


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ISO publishes international standard for measuring phthalates in toys, drafted by China

The Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published an international standard on phthalates used as plasticizers in toys and children's products.


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