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Report: European chemical, plastics production stalled in 2014

The Brussels-based European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has reported in its 'Chemicals Trend Report' that European chemical output only grew by 0.2 percent in 2014, while sales were down 1.1 percent on the previous year.


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The China Blog

Premixed cocktail in PET bottle

A Chinese beverage giant is introducing PET packaging for its premixed cocktail products, replacing frosted glass bottles.



Toyota to boost China output by 100,000 vehicles as part of efficiency drive

Toyota Motor Corp. will spend $440 million (2.7 billion yuan) on a new assembly line in China as part of an ambitious global plan to reinvent the way it builds vehicles.


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Spain's Grupo Antolin to buy Magna's interiors business

Spain's Grupo Antolin has reached an agreement to purchase Canadian auto supply giant Magna International Inc.'s interiors unit in a deal valued at about $525 million


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The China Blog

Appliance giant eyes recycling, compounding

The world's largest residential air conditioner manufacturer is looking into in-house compounding of recycled plastics.



Project aims to place recycled plastics front and center in cars

Premium car maker Jaguar Land Rover is preparing to enter new territory and use recycled plastics in the passenger cabin to make interior trim with a Class A surface.


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Yanfeng, JCI JV set to become world's biggest auto interior supplier

Johnson Controls Inc. announced Tuesday the finalization of an agreement to form a joint venture with Chinese auto supplier Yanfeng Automotive Trims Systems Co. Ltd.


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Uway beginning US extruder production June 1 in Ohio

Uway Extrusion LLC, a 4-year-old company that builds extruders in China using components from the United States and Europe, will begin U.S. production June 1 at a 50,000-square-foot factory in Warren, Ohio.


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China’s March exports plummet

China has reported the sharpest export decline for more than a year in March, dipping 14.6 percent year-on-year. Plastics product exports did even worse, shrinking by 24.6 percent.


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Study: Most plastics recycled in Canada stays in North America

Most post-consumer plastics packaging collected in Canada finds a home in that country and the United States, according to a recently released study.


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