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Akzo Nobel has been under pressure since rejecting a $29 billion takeover offer last year from rival PPG, which has reportedly moved on from acquiring the Dutch company. Akzo Nobel NV narrowed the list of bidders for its chemical division to four, with the team of Lanxess AG and private equity firm Apollo Global among those making the grade, people...

Coca-Cola is, which is focusing on the sustainability of plastic in packaging, has sold more than 50 billion PlantBottles which contains 30% bioplastic. Companies that make packaging from plants instead of fossil fuels are starting to challenge the oil industry’s ambition to increase the supply of raw materials for plastics. Use of bioplastics made...

China has begun buying brand new plastic to replace all the recycled scrap, and that’s great news for U.S. chemical makers. China is upending the global plastics market. The world’s biggest user of scrap has stopped accepting shiploads of other countries’ plastic trash as it phases in a new ban. That’s bad news for the recycling industry, as China...

AkzoNobel successfully rebuffed an unsolicited $29 billion buyout offer this year, coming under intense shareholder pressure in the process from activist investor Elliott Management Corp., which had pushed for tie-up talks. Akzo Nobel NV is exploring a combination with the biggest maker of car coatings, almost doubling the size of its paint...

I’d say that the development of plastic materials and the mechanical properties that these suppliers are trying to achieve are almost limitless.” The companysells its hot runner systems — a series of heated components that inject molten plastic into ...

A thought for my fellow CEOs: Of course, the immediate future is uncertain; America has faced the unknown since 1776. It's just that sometimes people focus on the myriad of uncertainties that always exist while at other times they ignore them (usually because the recent past has been uneventful)."
Those words from Warren Buffett in his 2012 letter ...

Stories about high unemployment permeate news reports, so you’d think it would be easy for manufacturers like Hypertherm to find the help we need. Unfortunately, as many companies know, that isn’t necessarily the case.
We’ve been grappling with the problem of finding skilled machinists to work our advanced CNC machines for years. This is despite ...

WASHINGTON - New orders for U.S. durable goods recovered in April after March's slump, led by transportation equipment orders, government data released Friday showed.
After a sharp 5.9% drop in March, new orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose 3.3% to $222.6 billion, the Commerce Department reported.
The rebound was twice as strong as ...

At Air Products & Chemicals Inc., about 150 skilled-labor jobs are open and unfilled at any given time in the United States. The positions run the gamut from welders and instrument electrical technicians who work with sophisticated controls to diesel mechanics, pipe fitters and mechanical engineering technicians.
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The popular understanding of 3-D printing—and the one that always seems to get the most fanfare—is focused on using plastics for modeling and rapid prototyping. But, additive manufacturing techniques with more direct industrial applications, using metals powders and alloys to produce component parts, have been growing increasingly sophisticated in ...