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Colloids to build first overseas plant in China

U.K. masterbatch maker Colloids Ltd. said April 17 it plans to build a $6 million factory in Suzhou, China, its first outside the United Kingdom.

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German researchers unveil self-healing polymer

Researchers at Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Kit) and Evonik Industries have developed a self-healing polymer that can fully restore its mechanical properties in just a few minutes when heated at relatively low temperatures.

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The China Blog

A Chinese bag maker’s Vietnam story

Vietnam is not just getting the attention from Western investors. Plenty of fast-moving Chinese manufacturers have established production bases in Vietnam and export from there. Here is a case in point:

Chinese plastic pipe production grows 10 percent

KUNMING, CHINA -- China's plastic pipe production grew 10 percent last year, to 12.1 million metric tons, fueled by increasing urbanization, expansion of rural drinking water systems and government spending on infrastructure, according to statistics from a Chinese pipe industry group.

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Piezoelectric polymer could power your mobile phone

Researchers at the A*Star Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore have discovered a way to capture energy from the vibrations of lightweight polymers. The piezoelectric development could use the harvested energy to recharge batteries in mobile devices.

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Lego inspires Google to design modular phone

Lego bricks have provided the inspiration for the design of a modular mobile phone codenamed Project Ara to be launched early in 2015 by Google's Motorola Advanced Technology and Projects group.

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Engel creates new Wintec brand for Asia

Engel Holding GmbH has formed a new subsidiary in China that will sell injection molding machinery in Asia under a new brand name: Wintec.

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Plastic components featured in new solar-powered plane project

Bayer MaterialScience AG and Solvay Group are supplying plastic materials for the new Solar Impulse ultralight plane in preparation for the first fuel-free around-the-world flight.

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Plastics continue to point the way forward for auto industry

More demonstration of the capabilities of plastics and polymer composites is needed to expand the use of those materials in automotive applications, according to a new roadmap from the American Chemistry Council's plastics division.

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Companies promote biobased 3D printing

Bioplastics formulator Sierra Resins Inc. is teaming up with 3D Printlife to introduce a bioplastic-based filament for 3D printing.

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