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Italy-based Megadyne group is in the process of adding another major component to its growing network. In a move aimed at building its specialty belting manufacturing and fabrication operations, Jason Industrial will purchase Belt Corp. of America from owner Bill Levensalor and his wife Maureen.  27 August 2014
Ineos has moved into UK shale exploration with the purchase of BG Group’s 51% share of the shale section of a joint Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL). The remaining 49% is owned by exploration company Dart Energy. No figures were disclosed. 19 August 2014
Swedish appliance conglomerate AB Electrolux has confirmed it is one of the suitors for a possible acquisition of GE Appliances.
18 August 2014
A Central European company is cashing in on today’s renewed global fashion for collecting vinyl music records. Disc and packaging manufacturer GZ Media a.s. of LodÄ›nice in the Czech Republic broke its own production record last year managing to press more than 10 million vinyl discs during 2013. 14 August 2014
Procter & Gamble plans to divest, discontinue or merge more than half of its brands globally as it restructures to focus on its top 70 to 80 brands, Chairman-CEO A.G. Lafley said on the company’s earnings conference call on 4 August. 5 August 2014
UK Business Secretary Vince Cable yesterday praised the progress being made by moulder and processor Rosti and called for more to be done to attract investment from overseas to help more domestic firms take advantage of the recovering economy. 30 July 2014
Belgium-based flooring company Beaulieu International Group will build a manufacturing plant in Cartersville, Georgia, giving the business its first US headquarters in a state where vinyl tile, rugs and carpeting are part of a rebounding economy. 16 July 2014
Two Polish plastics manufacturers are planning to launch their production facilities in Poland’s Tarnobrzeska special economic zone (TSSE). The investments will be worth at least 36m (€8.7m), the zone said in a statement. 10 June 2014
Michael Kundel CEO at Renolit in Germany has been elected as the new EuPC president. Kundel is succeeding Bernhard Borgardt who chaired EuPC for the last 6 years. 9 June 2014
Dutch plastic pipe manufacturer Wavin has announced the opening of the Wavin Academy in Adana, Turkey. 9 June 2014
The leading European business group in China said in a 29 May report that its companies are scaling back investment plans as China’s economy slows and challenges like rising labour costs, regulatory issues and market access become more entrenched. 30 May 2014
Sibgazpolimer, a joint venture between Russian oil giant Gazprom Neft and petrochemicals producer Sibur, has agreed to acquire a 50% stake in the Omsk polypropylene plant (Polyom) in southern Siberia. Russia's Titan Group, based in Omsk, invested €280m to launch the PP plant in April 2013 has already exceeded its nameplate 180,000 tpa capacity. 28 May 2014
Italian plastics equipment major Sacmi Group’s offerings are getting a US identity. Sacmi has sold its plastics division to Kingsbury, a machinery firm based in Rush, New York, for undisclosed terms. The deal became official on 11 April, when Sacmi announced it. 15 April 2014
The initial executive committee of the World Plastics Council (WPC) has held its first meeting in Shanghai, China. 28 March 2014
Economies in the Eurozone have seen their strongest spell of growth for nearly three years, according to new data. 25 March 2014

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