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The world's second largest economy has set its 2015 gross domestic product growth expectations at its lowest in a quarter of a century: 7%. 6 March 2015
Guido Ghisolfi — a top executive with global PET resin leader Mossi & Ghisolfi Group — has died from an apparent suicide. 5 March 2015
MakerBot, based in the US, is expanding its reach in Europe in a new distribution deal for its 3D printers. 18 February 2015
China’s largest compounder has just set up a foothold in the US, on the heels of the news of another leading industry player entering the US market through an acquisition. 17 February 2015
Packaging giant RPC Group has continued its investment and growth in the PET sector through the acquisition of Etten-Leur, the Netherlands-based PET Power BV. The purchase brings together two of the principal players in the European packaging market. 17 February 2015
Months into a worsening water shortage that has South America's largest city on the brink of rationing, The São Paulo state government may soon encourage or force major companies in plastics and petrochemicals to start using more costly “reuse” water. 16 February 2015
Germany-headquartered Styrolution, a styrenics company, has announced that it is making three appointments to its management board with Hyung Tae (HT) Chang, who currently serves as president, Asia Pacific, retiring in July 2015 following over 41 years of service to the chemical industry. 12 February 2015
The Plastindia trade show announced 11 February that its next edition, in 2018, will remain in Gandhinagar, rather than relocate back to New Delhi, with organisers announcing it a success in its new venue. 12 February 2015
Organisers of Fakuma, the German plastics trade show, described last year’s event as having achieved “record-breaking figures” and said there was “enormous demand” for the 2015 exhibition. 9 February 2015
The Netherlands-headquartered chemical giant LyondellBasell has announced its full 2014 yearly financial results, reporting sales of $45.6bn (€39.8bn) for 2014 up from $44.06bn (€38.5bn) in 2013. The company announced EBITDA grew from $6.3bn (€5.5bn) in 2013 to $7.1bn (€6.2bn) in 2014. 6 February 2015
The stakes are continuing to build between DuPont and an activist investor after the company rejected all four of the nominees Trian Fund Management LP put forward for its board of directors. 6 February 2015
The controversy surrounding the Plastindia trade show’s last-minute move halfway across India — which led to lawsuits from domestic companies and major questions from international partners — may finally get a chance to be put to rest as the show opened its doors 5 February. 6 February 2015
Dutch plastic sheet manufacturer Polycasa, formerly Quinn Plastics, has been sold to Schweiter Technologies for €120m, the Aventas Group has announced. The company employs more than 520 people and has five manufacturing plants across Germany, Spain, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Belgium. 4 February 2015
The European Plastics Distributors Association (EPDA), which represents members from more than 20 countries throughout Europe, has launched an international promotional campaign. 2 February 2015
North American compounding leader PolyOne posted record adjusted earnings per share in 2014, even as the firm’s sales saw modest growth and its overall profit declined. Full-year sales at Avon Lake, Ohio, US-based PolyOne grew 2% to more than $3.8bn (€3.36bn), while adjusted EPS grew almost 40% to $1.80 — the highest level in the firm’s 15-year history. 29 January 2015

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