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Chinese compounders seek market shares, often at the expense of margins

Kingfa Sci. & Tech. Co. Ltd., Shanghai Pret Composites Co. Ltd., and China XD Plastics Co. Ltd. all posted continued sales growth for the first half of 2014. Profit margin, however, is another story.


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Haitian’s standardization efforts boost profits

Streamlined design efforts and robust export sales helped propel Ningbo, China-based injection molding machine manufacturer Haitian International Holdings Ltd. to strong profits in the first half of 2014.


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Green trend boosts plastic building materials in China

The greening of China's domestic building materials market is giving the plastics industry a boost. At the Green Building Material Exhibition, the trend for "green" was apparent.


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Bayer seeing success in project to replace petroleum with CO2 in plastics

Bayer MaterialScience says its research into the potential of using carbon dioxide as a raw material already is paying off in studies showing that C02 can reduce the amount of petroleum used to make plastics.


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Florida company begins selling China-made Tedric molding machines

Arthur Machinery-Florida in Tampa is selling Tederic-brand of injection molding machines made in China, working with Tederic North American Machinery in Palmetto, Fla.


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PolyOne expands special effects offerings for PET

PolyOne Corp. has added a new line of shimmer and frost-effect colorants to its InVisio line of color services and solutions.


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Polycarbonate training device help swimmers go for the gold

A strange-looking Australian-designed polycarbonate swimming training device has helped an Aussie swimmer win gold at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.


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Pyrolyx carbon black process patented in US and China

Pyrolyx AG, which has developed the first green, sustainable process for the recovery of high-quality, marketable carbon black from end-of-life tires, announced that its method has been successfully patented for the US and Chinese markets.


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Under Chinese ownership, A123 Systems re-energizes its future

A123 emerged from bankruptcy last year under the ownership of Chinese supplier conglomerate Wanxiang Group Corp., made sweeping business plan changes and is expected to be cash flow positive for the first time in its history this year.


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Haitian to start assembly of injection presses in India

Chinese press maker Haitian International Holdings Ltd. plans to expand its operation in India.


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