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Experts explain why resin sales are down in a healthy US economy

The economies of the U.S. and Canada posted solid growth in 2014 -- even though resin demand in those countries lagged behind.


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China’s fire-retardant business booming but bumpy, report says

Big changes are in the offing for the vibrant Chinese market for flame-retardant chemicals, as new health and environmental regulations come into play both domestically and oversea.


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West Coast ports dispute impacts machinery imports

Asian machinery companies got caught in the West Coast ports labor dispute -- causing some headaches to get equipment ready for NPE 2015.


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NFM Welding Engineers opens direct office in China

U.S.-based extrusion equipment manufacturer NFM Welding Engineers Inc. has opened a sales office in Dalian, China.


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Wellman's recycled resins compete on quality, price

Wellman Plastics Recycling, which has recently been acquired by Shanghai Pret Composites Co. Ltd., transforms 200 million pounds of used carpet each year into nylon and polypropylene resin that compete against their virgin material counterparts.


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The China Blog

Expert: China mulls national recycling system for foam plastics

Not only has the Chinese government reversed its ban of foam food containers, it also plans to establish a national system to recycle them.



Plastic Omnium makes China investment push

Three of the six new plants that automotive molder Plastic Omnium SA plans this year will be in China, part of a broader push it's making in Asia, where it will locate 12 of the 20 new facilities in its near-term investment plans.


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Sekisui expands production in Taiwan

Osaka, Japan-based Sekisui Plastics Co. Ltd. has restructured its business in Taiwan and added a foam plastics production plant.


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China's Green Fence increases domestic reprocessing in N. America

China's Green Fence initiative, aimed at cleaning up recyclables entering that country, contributed to the decline of the recycling of non-bottle rigid plastics in the U.S. but also provided more material for domestic processors.


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Erema launches Pure Loop to focus on shredder/extruder recycling

Austria-based recycling technology group Erema GmbH has announced the creation of its new sister company Pure Loop GmbH, which specializes in the recycling of clean production wastes using shredder/extruder technology.


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