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China outlines materials growth, directions

Despite continuous capacity expansion including coal-based projects, China still imports more than half of its ethylene consumption and more than a quarter of polymer resins.


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LiquiForm looks to fundamentally change blow molding process for bottles

Those in the know are lifting the veil, just a bit, on fledgling technology being developed that would fundamentally change the way plastic bottles are formed and filled.


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China lowers growth target

The world's second largest economy has set its 2015 GDP growth expectations at its lowest in a quarter of a century. The China Plastics Processing Industry Association also expects 2015 industry growth to "continue to be at low levels."


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Dangerous plastics experiment sparks evacuation

An experiment conducted by a Manchester University researcher looking into sustainable plastics sparked a mass evacuation over fears that dangerous chemicals could explode.


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The China Blog

Why Chinese consumers go overseas to buy made-in-China products

One of their favorite products to purchase in Japan is the bidet toilet seat - those smart plastic toilet seats with fancy washing, drying and other features.



India’s plastic processing industry needs 3 million skilled workers by 2020

A trained workforce is shaping up to be a major challenge for the Indian plastics industry, which needs 2 million to 3 million more staff by 2020 to keep up with demand, according to one Indian trade association.


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Bayer to stop MDI production in Brazil

Bayer AG's Bayer MaterialScience plans to stop production of MDI polyurethane at its plant near Rio de Janeiro in July, removing 55,000 metric tons per year of MDI production from the market, according to a company announcement.


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Plastics News Europe to launch in April

European Plastics News will become Plastics News Europe in April, starting an exciting new era of top quality coverage of Europe's plastics industry.


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New era, new editorial feature

The year of 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of Plastics News China.


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Executive Q&A: King of plastics straws

A Chinese entrepreneur with a humble beginning as an involuntary middle school drop-out. A businessman who built the world's largest manufacturer of plastic drinking straws from scratch and earned the nickname "king of plastics straws." A forward-thinker who opted out big name American customers like Wal-Mart and Kmart.


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