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China XD to catch up on Sichuan project

Automotive compounder China XD Plastics Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: CXDC) has been working on its fourth production base in Nanchong, Sichuan province since 2013. But the project did not progress as originally planned.



Continental builds low-emission interior trim factory in China

Benecke-Kaliko AG is making the largest investment in its history to build an environmentally-friendly auto interior trim plant in China, prompted by rapidly increasing demand for in-car air quality improvement in a country plagued by air pollution.


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Dow Corning names new Greater China president

Dow Corning Corp. has appointed Jeroen Bloemhard its new Greater China president.


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Hekuma expands China presence

Hekuma GmbH, the German maker of high-speed robots for injection molding and thermoforming, is expanding its China sales and service organization.


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Plastics an essential part of the auto diet

The automotive industry is on a crash diet, with designers looking for every opportunity to trim an ounce here and there from the overall weight of each vehicle.


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Hong Kong toymaker struggles to build a brand

The bulk of toy makers at the Hong Kong Toys & Games Show are still focused on the mass-production market, but those eager to break out of the low-margin OEM rut are trying to build their own brands.


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European study finds 'no consumer health risk' from current BPA levels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded there is no health risk to consumers of any age group from current exposure levels to bisphenol A (BPA) after it completed a comprehensive evaluation of data.


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Sleek use of plastics add function, polish to JCI concept

When the next generation of vehicle owners takes the driver's seat, they'll do a lot more than drive. That's the idea behind Johnson Controls Inc's new automotive interior concept.


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Plastics to continue its growth curve in auto industry

Plastics now consist of about 50 percent of the volume of a typical vehicle, and there will be a continued increase in use of plastics as vehicles makers continue to push for lighter weights.


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China's growth hits 24-year low

The world's second largest economy reported its 2014 GDP growth at 7.4 percent, the lowest since 1990. The plastics industry exhibits similar trends, referred to by many as the "new normal."


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