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PVC giant launches PVC capacity, starts new project

Chinese PVC producer Xinjiang Zhongtai Chemical Co. Ltd. launched a 250,000-metric-ton PVC project in Toksun on Dec 2.


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The first African made smartphones are a sign of upgraded plastics industry

Africa is getting some attention this week in manufacturing and plastics, with news that a South African startup is planning to start the first-ever production of smartphones and tablet computers on the continent.



German plastics group highlights success of bottle deposits in recycling

Germany recycled 93.5 percent of its PET bottles and 97.9 percent of its one-way deposit PET bottles in 2015. That compares with 30.1 percent recycling rate for PET bottles in the United States in 2015.


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Lubrizol ups TPU capacity at its Shanghai plant

Lubrizol Specialty Chemicals Manufacturing (Shanghai) is planning to increase its TPU pellet capacity by 10,700 tonne/year, the firm said in an environmental impact notice in November.


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North American plastics machinery shipments mark first quarterly decline since 2010

In a sign of moderating growth in capital equipment spending, an industry report says North American plastics machinery shipments fell in the third quarter of 2016, from the third quarter a year ago -- only the second time there was a year-over-year quarterly decline since the economic recovery started in 2010.


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SPI's new name and look to 'evolve the way people think about plastics'

One of the plastics industry's largest trade associations, the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., is renaming itself the Plastics Industry Association and rebranding itself with a new logo and new look.


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Europe-produced glass-fiber-reinforced plastics up by 2.5 percent

The weight reduction trend has driven the development of fiber-reinforced composites in automotive engineering, aerospace and construction, according to German composites industry association AVK.


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Massive Lego plant opens in China, keeps focus on sustainability

Toy molder Lego A/S has a new 1.77 million-square-foot injection molding plant in China that, when it's operating at full capacity, will make 72 billion ABS bricks annually.


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Improving design by putting yourself in the user's shoes

Sometimes designers need to be reminded of the simple fact that they are human -- and so are the people who will use the products they design.


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A sweet, sustainable wrapper wins honors

A wrapper for Snickers candy bars made using waste material from the potato production stream has won this year's Global Bioplastics Award.


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