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P&G removing PE microbeads from its Crest brand toothpaste

Polyethylene microbeads get most of their hype and negative press from their presence in face washes. Their gentle exfoliating abilities made them all the rage in face and body washes just a few years ago.


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Smartphone work pushes molding sales up 52 percent for China’s Eva Precision

Growth in supplying the smartphone and automotive industries helped Chinese processor Eva Precision Holdings Ltd. push injection molding sales up 52 percent in the first six months of the year, to HK$742.8 million (US$95.8 million).


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Bayer spinning off plastics business

Bayer AG will spin off its MaterialScience plastics group into a separate, publicly-traded company within the next 12 to 18 months.


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Chinese 3-D printing specialist aims at better materials, wider applications

Founded in 2009 by industry veteran Xu Xiaoshu, Farsoon now boasts of being third in the nylon 3D printing field, behind USA pioneer 3D Systems and Germany's EOS GmbH.


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China's Polymax Elastomer launches U.S. production in Illinois

Chinese materials maker Polymax Elastomer Technology Co. Ltd. has opened a North American production site and headquarters in Waukegan, Ill.


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DuPont investing $100 million for more ethylene copolymer capacity

Increased packaging demand is leading materials giant DuPont Co. to spend more than $100 million to increase capacity for ethylene copolymers at its plant in Orange, Texas.


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US plastics machinery market still gaining strength in second quarter

U.S. plastics machinery shipments in the second quarter continued to outperform activity in 2013, according to data from Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.


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Parx launches production of Saniconcentrates antibacterial polymers

Parx Plastics has achieved commercial production of its Saniconcentrates-brand line of antibacterial polymers.


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10 highest paid executives in N. American plastics manufacturing industry

Plastics News' executive ranking covers executives from U.S. and Canadian companies that publicly traded equity or debt for their 2013 calendar or fiscal years, and that generate roughly 50 percent or more of their annual revenues from the in-house processing, recycling or compounding of plastics.


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Dow names leaders for plastics businesses

Recent changes made by Dow Chemical Co. will affect the leadership ranks of the firm's plastics businesses.


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