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The European Central Bank (ECB) has introduced quantitative easing (QE) to stimulate the troubled Eurozone economy in the face of deflation and recession. 23 January 2015
Faerch Plast, the Danish-headquartered plastics packaging manufacturer, has announced that Joe Iannidinardo will relinquish his role as managing director of the UK business in order to become group sales director (new markets), with effect from 1 February. 22 January 2015
Hungary’s PVC flooring maker Graboplast Zrt. has acquired a new investor, local venture capital fund PortfoLion, through the sale of a 16% stake in the company, local news agency MTI reports. 8 January 2015
Thailand’s SCG Chemicals has announced it has acquired 51% of the shares in the independent petrochemical institute Norner Holding from the current Norwegian owners, private equity fund E&M. The company states that the remaining 49% of the shares will be acquired by September 2015. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed.
19 December 2014
Germany's Röchling group has expanded its presence in the high-performance plastics market by acquiring Derbyshire, UK-based Fibracon Twin and Hertfordshire, UK-based Insoll Components. 19 December 2014
Spanish and Mexican plastics industrialists met in Mexico’s capital last week, aiming to increase business and technological cooperation between the two countries. The 1-4 December talks took place at the Spanish Embassy’s trade office, organized by Spain’s Asociación Española de Industriales de Plásticos (Anaip) and Mexico’s Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico AC (Anipac). 16 December 2014
Germany-based film and sheet packaging company Klöckner Pentaplast has released its end of year results. The company reports sales increased slightly from €1.191bn in the financial year of 2012/2013 to €1.194bn in 2013/2014. 3 December 2014
The EuroMold trade fair will be held 6-9 October in Düsseldorf, Germany, show organiser Demat announced last week. 2 December 2014
Bernard Rzepka’s schedule for his first year as CEO of compounding leader A. Schulman does not include reinventing the wheel. 1 December 2014
Germany’s Metz, owner of plastics division Metz-Werke, has filed for insolvency according to reports. 21 November 2014
The EuMBC, the European masterbatchers and compounders, a division of the EuPC (the European group of plastics converters) has elected a new president and board. 19 November 2014
Several exhibitors at India’s largest plastics show are suing to prevent the show from moving from New Delhi to a new exhibition centre under construction in Gujarat. 10 November 2014
Germany’s Messe Düsseldorf, the largest overseas partner of the Plastindia show, has given its support to the last-minute move of Plastindia to a new convention center in Gujarat, but the German group has made it clear it would rather not have to shift locations. 21 October 2014
Swedish polymers group Hexpol is to acquire the rubber compounding division of Vigar Group, the Spain based plastics and rubber compounder and finished products maker, including a plant in Germany. The €19m deal to purchase the business from Vigar’s founding family is due to be completed, subject to approvals, by year end. 20 October 2014
To mark EPN's 40th anniversary, we asked industry leaders to share their views on past and future developments in the world of plastics. Below we have published the questions and answers in full. 15 October 2014

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