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No growth now expected for U.S. plastic processors in 2016

In terms of capacity utilization, the Fed's statistics put the annual average for the entire plastics industry at a little over 80 percent in 2015. This year, the average for all processors combined will be closer to 78 percent.


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Lehrmitt uses 3-D printing for mold textures

Lehrmitt Associates Inc.'s design studios of Austin, Texas, is using 3-D printing to etch molds with tactile, textured surfaces that bring the finishing touch of an artist to plastic consumer products.


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Taiwan machinery makers aim for emerging markets

Facing slackening demand from mainland China, enterprising Taiwanese machinery makers are aggressively pushing into Southeast Asia, while trade leaders are already counseling them to look farther afield.


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Taiwan equipment company Polystar invests $9 million in new facility

Taipei, Taiwan - Taiwanese recycling equipment and blow film extrusion machine maker Polystar Machinery Co. Ltd. is spending $9 million to build a new factory that will increase its capacity and upgrade its showroom and testing center.


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Do you believe in magic? One plastics executive says yes

Plastics industry executive and professional magician Michael Smith is lobbying the U.S. Congress to declare magic as an art.


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Taiwan plastics lab is just what the doctor ordered

Construction is forging ahead on $10 million medical polymer research center that's the latest sign of Taiwan's determination to target the upscale plastics market.


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The China Blog

Tuning in at Taipei Plas

A trip to the Taipei Plas show in Taiwan is a reminder of the big role manufacturing plays in East Asian economies.



Chinese airplanes get on board with Victrex polymers

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) has used Victrex polymers to provide aircraft floor brackets in its new regional jet ARJ21.


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South Korean firm buying bioplastics business from Metabolix

Metabolix Inc. is selling its bioplastics business to a South Korean agricultural firm for $10 million.


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Half-year sales flat, profit up at Haitian

Amid a bumpy global economy, Ningbo, China-based Haitian International Holdings Ltd. posted a healthy 18 percent increase in profits for the first half of the year.


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