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Dutch company launching $100 million PP, PE recycling plant

Quality Circular Polymers is building a new plastics recycling operation in Geleen, the Netherlands' Chemelot industrial chemical site, with a capacity of 100,000 metric tons of polypropylene and polyethylene per year, at full production.


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EU moving closer to rules that will reduce plastic bag use by 80 percent

European Union countries could have to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags by at least 80 percent by 2019 under draft rules backed by the European Parliament April 16.


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Taiwan's TSRC expands in Nantong

SHANGHAI - Taiwan's TSRC Corp. said April 21 it has opened a 25,000-metric-ton capacity styrene-isoprene-styrene block copolymer manufacturing facility in Nantong, China, and plans to add a further 30,000-ton SIS plant in Taiwan in 2016.


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Chinese mining firm Jinhui launches bioplastic factory

SHANGHAI - Chinese coal mining company Shanxi Jinhui Energy Group Co. Ltd. is diversifying into bioplastics, launching production this month on a $35 million, 20,000-metric-ton factory for bio-based polybutylene adipate co-terephthalate.


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The China Blog

Despite worsening overcapacity, China still imports a million tons of PVC

The China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation issued an industry-wide overcapacity early warning report. The PVC resin industry will see its capacity utilization rate drop even further in the next two years.



Lumena suspends trading amid allegations of 'misrepresenting' financials

China Lumena New Materials Corp., which says it has the world's largest manufacturing capacity for polyphenylene sulfide resin, has suspended its stock trading and delayed its annual financial report after being hit with allegations it dramatically overstated sales.


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The China Blog

China becomes largest market for European machinery giants

The days when Western companies only see China as a lower-cost manufacturing option are long gone. To capture China's booming demand and power your company's growth, the global executives of Brückner, Engel and Arburg are sharing their experiences.



Talent shortage hits Middle East petrochemical sector

Petrochemical capacity and consumption continue to grow in the Middle East, but the region's big challenge is in "human capital"


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Despite struggles, Europe still key market in global resin picture

The European petrochemicals sector continues to battle its way back to prosperity.


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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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