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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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European firms find China's high-end market rewarding

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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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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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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