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UNHCR steps in with plastic sheets for homeless in Nepal quake

UNHCR steps in with plastic sheets for homeless in Nepal quake

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, is sending thousands of plastic sheets and solar-powered lamps to people left homeless and without light by the devastating earthquake in Nepal. The quake that happened on 23...
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Microplastics: anatomy of the beads and the seas

Microplastics: anatomy of the beads and the seas

Cosmetics use is as old as the seas. But these beauty products, according to several studies, contain microplastic pollutants that are flowing into the seas, says...
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Fire-safety chemicals come under heat

Fire-safety chemicals come under heat

Flame retardants have been developed, and are added to plastic products, to protect consumers from the risks of fires, yet studies suggest that even the newer forms of flame retardants can pose risks to the health of children. Flame retardants (FRs) are chemicals that prevent...
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India’s plastics sector charting growth

India’s plastics sector charting growth

On the surface, India’s triennially held plastics show, Plastindia, seems to have closed on a successful note with exhibitors praising the new venue in Gandhinagar, even though they were barely given a few months’ notice about the move from Pragati Maidan, Delhi...
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PlastMilan grows: showcases foreign and local exhibitors

PlastMilan grows: showcases foreign and local exhibitors

According to the Italian trade association Assocomaplast, the Italian plastics and rubber machinery shows positive signs, mainly due to exports, even given the fact that Italy is in the throes of an economic downturn. It is against this backdrop that the triennially-held plastics show...
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Plastics industry survey presented at NPE; tackles issues and needs

Plastics industry survey presented at NPE; tackles issues and needs

At the recently concluded tri-annual NPE show held 23-27 March in Orlando, Florida, many of the 60,000 who registered have expressed their concerns on various issues like environment and sustainability, global competition...
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Italian and foreign exhibitors will display an array of machinery and solutions during the PlastMilan exhibition in Milan, Italy, against the backdrop of a slight growth of the sector, mainly due to exports
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  • WRS: outlook for rubber dismal; long-term prospects seem better
    With rubber prices hovering at a dismal low for the past five years, against an oversupply situation in both synthetic and natural rubbers and weakening crude oil outlook, the industry is pacing itself, said officials speaking at the World Rubber Summit (WRS), held in Singapore from 24-25 March. A joint integrated platform organised by Singapore-headquartered... image
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  • Husky winds up Beverage Packaging Conferences in South East Asia
    Husky Injection Molding Systems has successfully concluded the first two events on its 2015 Husky World Tour – Beverage Packaging Conferences in Bangkok, Thailand and Jakarta, Indonesia. Both events were well attended, with a combined total of over 250 customers from South East Asia, including brand owners and converters from countries such as Malaysia, Myanmar... image

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