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U.S. plastics industry reports another year of trade surplus

Mexico and Canada remain the U.S. plastics industry’s largest export markets, the new report from the Plastics Industry Association says.

Kautex Maschinenbau modernizing, extending its packaging portfolio

The Germany-based extrusion blow molding specialist says its portfolio will be streamlined and presented with a more modular and transparent approach to meet future customer requirements.

Both Biden and Trump victories present implications for Canada’s economy, new report says

The report from RSM Canada concludes that no matter the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, Canada’s recovery from wave two of the coronavirus pandemic and its longer-term outlook will be impacted.
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Bacardi to adopt 100 per cent biodegradable PHA bottle

Petroleum-based plastics used by Bacardi today will be replaced by Danimer Scientific’s Nodax PHA, a biopolymer which derives from the natural oils of plant seeds such as palm, canola, and soy. » Read more

Japan to make plastic waste recycling mandatory for large corporate users

The Japanese government wants to make the recycling of plastic materials used at offices and factories mandatory from April 2022, with small companies excluded from the proposal. » Read more
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Researchers develop new technique for turning plastic waste into valuable chemicals

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have created a low-temperature catalytic method that upcycles polyethylene into high-value alkylaromatic molecules that are the basis of many industrial chemicals and consumer products. » Read More
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What will the 2020 elections mean for U.S. energy?

Ten key issues to watch, according to global energy consultancy group Wood Mackenzie. » Read More