The magazine is uniquely positioned to serve the needs of South East Asia's plastics processing industry, including contract molders and manufacturers with in-plant machinery lines. It provides the latest market information, quality technical features, trade show reviews and videos, and people and company profiles written by industry experts and correspondents across the region. Also included are exclusive content and articles from Ringier's family of plastics industry magazines covering Greater China region, the Middle East and other parts of the world, such as Modern Plastics and Polymers in India, Plastics Engineering in the US, Kunststoffe in Germany, Polymer Materials in Russia, Technologia del Plastico in Latin Amercia — which are the leading magazines in their respective markets. The use of recycled materials, in particular rPET, has gained popularity in the Asian region. In this issue, we talked to a leading manufacturer of PET recycling systems and his customer, to determine how their recycling is reshaping the food packaging sector. Preform moulding solutions are now capable of meeting the most challenging tasks through enhanced machine performance that can cut down production costs. In this issue, a next-generation preform moulding system has been introduced.
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After years of pressure, Canada had agreed to take back the waste, which had been exported to the Philippines beginning in falsely labeled as plastic scrap. The shipments were part of a decades-old practice in which rich countries including the United States sent used plastic to Asia to be recycled. That began to change 18 months ago, when China, the biggest consumer of discarded plastics, banned nearly all waste imports to stop the smuggling of non-recyclable scrap. The trade in plastics quickly rerouted to neighboring Southeast Asian countries that lacked effective recycling plants and disposal laws, leaving much of the waste to be burned or dumped in fields and waterways, creating health and environmental hazards.