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Poor plastic coating prompts Australian recall of Chinese made cable

Australia's competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has ordered a major recall of 2,485 miles of electrical cabling due to poor-quality plastic insulation coating.


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California lawmakers give final approval to plastic bag ban

A statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in California is just a signature away. It will be the first of its kind in the country.


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Europe recycled equivalent of 65 billion PET bottles in 2013

PET is the most recycled plastic material in Europe, according to a Brussels-based trade association.


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Design, materials, engineering finding a faster way forward

Engineering and design specialists at Altair Thinklabs along with Eastman Chemical Co. have developed prototypes that could help produce a better, more affordable athletic prosthetic for amputees.


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Battenfeld-Cincinnati secures Chinese extruder order

An undisclosed major Chinese pipe manufacturer has ordered 25 extruders from German-Austrian company Battenfeld-Cincinnati's subsidiary, Battenfeld-Cincinnati Extrusion Systems in Foshan, China.


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EU Chamber of Commerce: China won't force foreign suppliers to form JVs

Recent media reports that Beijing will force foreign automotive suppliers to form joint ventures with Chinese companies are unfounded, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said.


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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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