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Graham Packaging Commits to 100% Reusable, Recyclable or Compostable Packaging by 2025

Part of the Reynolds Group, Graham Packaging has signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment
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Packaging

Status of European Bio-Based Economy Very Mixed

While R&D continued to advance, actual implementation in the chemical and plastics industries is proving difficult due to lack of clear political commitment.
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Plastics Processing Held Steady in March

Custom processors, in particular, fared better in Q1, as did processors with 100+ employees.
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Construction

Residential and Commercial Construction Outlooks Diverge

The changing trend in construction has resulted in a significantly lower forecast for the industry in late 2019.
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Plastics Processing Expands for 25th Straight Month

February index of 53.3 buoyed once again by a bump in production.
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Injection Molding

Engel Signs New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Engel supports its customers in designing and producing packaging according to the rules of the circular economy and in opening up a wider range of applications for recycled materials.
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Plastics Processing Business Climbing

January Index of 54.6 fueled by expansion in production.
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Post-Consumer Recycling

First New Plastics Economy Global Commitment Report Reveals Targets and Initial Steps

Major companies including Carrefour, Colgate Palmolive, Danone, MARS, NestleĢ, SC Johnson, The Coca-Cola Co., and Unilever publish data on their annual plastic packaging volumes, most of them for the first time.
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Electronics

Expectations for Electronics Defy Headlines

The electronics industry seems expected track with the overall economy’s growth for 2019, though firms with greater exposure to China may have to be more cautious during the year.
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Processors Report Lower Growth

December index dips a point; year-end value ends above 55.
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Consumer Products

Finland's VTT Becomes R&D Partner in International Think Beyond Plastic

One of Europe’s top research centers will support the new Plastic Economy Innovation Center.
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Heating & Cooling

Heating/Cooling: Variotherm & Economy TCUs Debut at Fakuma

Active variotherm hot/cold circulators are new for Frigel, which also brought out an economical pressurized-water TCU built in India.
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Processing Growth Continues as Backlogs Contract

November 2018’s Index of 51.9 brings year-to-date average to 55.7, strong growth by historical standards.
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Custom Processors Rebound Strongly

Index of 57.9 among custom processors tops overall index.
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Packaging

Additional Companies Sign New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Signatories include raw material producers Borealis AG, Ecovative, Indorama Ventures Public Co. Limited, NatureWorks, Novamont SpA and more. 
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Post-Consumer Recycling

Unilever, Veolia to Collaborate on Sustainable Packaging

Three-year partnership seeks to improve waste collection and recycling infrastructure to help create a circular economy for plastics waste.
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Construction

Housing Poised for Growth

Wall Street’s latest projections for the U.S. home construction market are optimistic, with forecasts for 2019 and 2020 exceeding those for the overall economy.
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Compounding

Processors' Growth Is Slowing

August’s index of 52.7 shows processor growth abating.
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Consumer Products

Polyplastics Uses CAE to Forecast Deformation of LCP Connectors During Production

LCP parts can expand considerably in the high-temperature conditions of the reflow process, potentially affecting product flatness.
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Medical

Processor Business Continues Growth

July’s Index is up nearly 7% from last July. Custom processors report second-highest Index since 2013.
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