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Ikea takes a slower route for foam in sustainability pledge

Ikea says there will not be enough bio-based foam available by 2020 to replace its existing traditional polyurethane foam in furniture.

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Covestro extends Solar Impulse partnership

Polymer materials supplier Covestro is extending its sponsorship with Solar Impulse, as it prepares to complete its journey round the world in 2016.

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BASF to expand compounding capacity at German site

BASF will produce up to 70,000 metric tons per year of Ultramid (PA) and Ultradur (PBT) at its Schwarzheide site in Germany from 2017, the chemicals giant has revealed.

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VW finds quick plastic fix for 1.6 liter diesel engines

Volkswagen has come up with a plastic technical fix for its 1.6 liter TDI engines in the wake of the so-called "Dieselgate" scandal surrounding emissions from the German group's diesel engines.

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Industry leaders optimistic, planning growth

I was excited to analyze the results of the recent survey conducted by Plastics News Research of the owners/CEOs/presidents of companies in the North American plastics industry.

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Sipa makes collapsible water-cooler bottle

After much work on design and R&D, Sipa of Italy has created a PET water dispenser bottle that collapses as it becomes empty, reducing its size for easier recycling.

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Plastic Omnium opens Tokyo development center

French automotive components molder Plastic Omnium SA said its business in China was stable in spite of that country's auto manufacturing dropping 6.9 percent in the first nine months of 2015.

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CEO profile: Yizumi's Richard Yan

Richard Yan might have stayed in banking, had not an old friend who had become the human relations manager at an injection molding machine maker called one day with an offer.

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Lanxess says new plant in China a global model

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess has completed construction of an inorganic pigments plant in Ningbo, China, which will operate under a newly developed and patented "Ningbo Process."

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North American PP market is 'outright short of resin'

The PP market "isn't tight -- it's outright short of resin," a PP buyer in the Midwest U.S. told Plastics News.

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