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US compounder opening second plant in China

Star Plastics Inc. has expanded its custom compounding capacity in China by opening a second production plant.


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Metabolix exiting bioplastics

Bioplastics maker Metabolix Inc. is exiting that market to focus on crop enhancement technology.


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Solar Impulse 2 completes round-the-world flight

The Solar Impulse 2, a lightweight aircraft using only solar power, completed its around-the-world flight today when it landed in Abu Dhabi after traveling 40,000 kilometers.


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Study: Plastics reduce environmental impact

There isn't a single person in the plastics industry who hasn't been regularly bombarded with concerns from all sides about the environmental costs of plastic production and use. But a new study takes some of the sting out.


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Recycling industry needs to find way forward

As more recyclers across the globe shut down -- some for economic reasons, others due to government intervention -- Parc Corp.'s Kathy Xuan has been pondering over a question: "How to increase ice cream sales in the winter?"


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Sabic and ExxonMobil consider Gulf Coast investment

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. said it was considering a petrochemical project on the U.S. Gulf Coast that would be jointly owned with ExxonMobil Chemical Co.


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BASF debuts Ultramid copolyamide for pouches and lid films

BASF has introduced a new Ultramid copolyamide for film and monofilament applications used in stand-up pouches and lid films.


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Pipe showdown: Extruder and machinery supplier face off in court

When Walter Wang, owner and CEO of the world's largest plastics pipe manufacturer, decided to expand into mainland China in 2012, he probably never thought his new business would be impacted by his longstanding extrusion equipment supplier in a way that would end up in court.


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Bag-in-barrel inner line solves steel drum issues

Bag-In-Barrel (BIBA), produced by Wellingborough firm Belgrade Product, is a strong and pliable low density polyethylene multi-layer inner liner which eliminates contamination risk from rust, condensation and bacteria in 216-litre steel barrels.


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Campbell Soup pushes further into pouches

Campbell Soup Co. is easily identified by consumers with its iconic red-and-white labeled metal soup can. The company packages the vast majority of its products in rigid containers.


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