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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
Composites materials and components group Gurit has announced its 2013 annual results, showing that its net sales dropped by 19.9% from 2012. Switzerland-based Gurit saw its net sales drop to CHF 281.1m (€231m) in 2013, down 19.9% from CHF 351m (€289m) in 2012. 17 March 2014
Eastman Chemical has acquired window film maker Commonwealth Laminating & Coating for an undisclosed price. 17 March 2014
Switzerland-based Adval Tech, a company which focuses on injection moulding and metal stamping, has announced it is to consolidate its entire mould construction business under the brand name Foboha.  14 March 2014
Belgium-based EuPC, the European group of plastics converters, has continued its support of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnerships (TTIP) as the fourth round of trade negotiations between EU and US representatives begins. 11 March 2014
Germany’s BASF SE is planning to increase its research activities in Asia and North America, with a target of doing half of its research and development outside its home base. 11 March 2014
The Applied Polymer Technology (APT) Gateway at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) has been opened by Ireland’s minister for research and innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, during an international plastics conference attended by more than 100 delegates. 5 March 2014
Belgium-based Recticel Group, a polyurethane foam products company, has announced its 2013 results which show a 5% drop in consolidated sales from 2012. Recticel reports that its consolidated sales fell from €1.03bn in 2012 to €976.8m in 2013. 4 March 2014
Italy’s domestic appliances producer Indesit has launched the construction of a new production facility in Manisa, in Turkey’s western Aegean region. The €35m investment will create 750 new jobs at the factory, reported local daily Sabah. 4 March 2014
A disaster-prone Russian polymers plant has been forced to halt production after 15 employees were injured in the site’s third major explosion and fire in the past six years. 28 February 2014
A number of UK and Italian plastics businesses have been hit by a scam operated from the UK that has cost the firms an estimated €1m, PRW, a sister publication of EPN, reveals. 18 February 2014
Plastics News, a sister publication of EPN, has been granted exclusive rights by the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) to publish its show daily newspapers at SPI's triennial trade show, NPE. 13 February 2014
Styrolution, the Germany-based compounder, has entered into a partnership with Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH (NMB) and the University of Bayreuth. Initial projects will focus on the fields of lightweight structures and 3D printing. 29 November 2013


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