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Rise of legal marijuana sales opens new packaging markets in US

Both flexible and rigid packaging helps keep the nation's stash fresh for both the casual smoker in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska and medicinal users in 23 states.

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Cooper-Standard expands China footprint

Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. has launched two facilities in China, one in Huai'an, Jiangsu province, and the other in Chongqing.

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Evonik expands Rohacell production into Asia

Evonik Industries AG has launched its first Rohacell structural foam plant in Asia.

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IDC China expands into new offices

IDC, the Berkshire-based design firm which is active in injection moulding, 3D printing and other plastics related services, is expanding its China operation to meet demand.

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Teijin suffers from weak polyester film market in China

Japanese materials firm Teijin Ltd. is blaming poor conditions in Chinese demand for polyester films for a 4.8 billion yen ($39.6 million) charge against earnings for the nine months ending Dec. 31.

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PolyOne buys TPE business from Kraton for $72 million

February 3 was a busy day for materials maker PolyOne Corp., as the firm announced a specialty materials deal and released full-year earnings for 2015.

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Economist: Prices will improve for recycled resins, but not this year

It's no secret that the plastics recycling industry has been slugged around thanks, in part, to lower oil prices. But the future will get better.

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Liveris retiring; Fitterling named president of Dow Chemical

Dow Chemical Co. boss was expected to have a leadership role with the combined firm and then with the material science firm, but he'll now depart just before the merger is completed.

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Bluestar appoints Bayer veteran as CEO

China National Bluestar (Group) has recently appointed former Bayer executive Michael Koenig as its CEO.

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LG Chem scraps plan for PE complex in Kazakhstan

LG Chem, South Korea's biggest chemicals company, has decided to scrap plans to build a 3.84 billion euros ($4.15 billion) polyethylene complex in Kazakhstan because of sharply rising costs and falling oil prices.

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