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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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Coca-Cola bottler launches label recycling program

A new initiative from Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) will recycle some 70 metric tons of waste each year from the production of Glacéau Smartwater bottle labels.


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Gurit acquires BASF's PET structural foam business

Zurich, Switzerland-based Gurit Holding AG, the composite parts and components group, has announced that it has acquired BASF SE's PET structural foam business for an undisclosed amount.


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China’s Merryart opening molding plant in Texas

A Chinese manufacturer of plastic novelties -- which claims to be the world's largest producer of glow sticks and the second-largest maker of bubble blowing products for children -- is building an injection molding facility in Texas.


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Messe Düsseldorf to rebuild South Entrance and Hall 1

The work on the South Entrance will start in May 2017, after Interpack, and should be completed in summer 2019 before K 2019.


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Hexpol TPE creates more possibilities to be green

Thermoplastic elastomer compounding group, Hexpol TPE, has added new compounds to its Dryflex Green family of biobased TPEs, creating more opportunities for sustainability.


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