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Coal-to-olefins not an immediate threat

China's coal-derived plastics are unlikely to form any substantial impact in the resin market in the near term, as new capacity projects are running into issues.



PN 25th anniversary column: Keep up with China’s changes

In many ways, 1989 was a very special year in history.


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New materials compete with metals

Piper Plastics Inc. has developed a family of reinforced thermoplastics with exceptional strength.


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Packaging film shows promise as a low-cost alternative for medical tests

A new cheap way to run tests on medical and environmental samples has been developed using the plastic packaging staple -- the air filled flexible packaging film commonly called bubble wrap.


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North American robots set record

The North American robotics sector is off to its fastest start ever, shattering last year's first-half record.


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DC banning PS foam containers

Polystyrene foam will soon be in short supply in the Capitol City. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) on July 29 signed into law a bill that will ban foam food and drink containers.


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New polymer changes color in seconds

Researchers have created an unusual polymer that can change color and return to its original color in less than a second by changing its temperature.


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Rieke grows in Asia through acquisition

Diversified rigid packaging components producer Rieke Packaging Systems now has a bigger footprint in Asia.


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Food packaging manufacturer opens new factory

Plastic film food packaging manufacturer Henan Jinyu Packaging Science & Technology Co., Ltd. is opening a new factory in Shenqiu, Henan province.


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More head-up displays going into cars

BABENHAUSEN, Germany -- Head-up displays with "augmented reality," the technology that employs much of the windshield as a display area for data and images, is poised to significantly change how drivers see the road.


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