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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
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that global growth had been “disappointing” in the first half of 2014, leading to a weaker outlook for the second six months of the year. 8 October 2014
The 23rd Fakuma exhibition takes place on 14-18 October in Friedrichshafen, Germany. European Plastics News will be at the show (Stand FW-24) along with 1,700 exhibitors, some of which are highlighted in this preview. 7 October 2014
Recent changes made by Dow Chemical will affect the leadership ranks of the firm’s plastics businesses. 9 September 2014
Germany head-quartered company Buse Gastek has announced it is merging its business divisions for CO2 production, recovery plant construction and dry ice technology with the Swiss company Asco Carbon Dioxide. 5 September 2014
Switzerland-based Ineos Compounds and Swindon, UK-based Doeflex Compounding have completed the merger of their respective compounding operations. Proposals to combine the two operations were first revealed in May this year. 5 September 2014
Brussels-based chemical company Solvay has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Ryton PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) business from US-based Chevron Phillips Chemical Company for $220m (€167.3m). Ryton PPS is strong in the automotive sector, replacing metal parts to make cars lighter and more energy efficient, says Solvay. 4 September 2014
Akron, Ohio, US-based A. Schulman, a supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and resins, said it has acquired a company near Melbourne, Australia, for $6.7m (€5.1m) in cash. The acquired company, Compco, makes plastic compounds and products including cross-linked high density polyethylene, masterbatches and custom performance colours. 3 September 2014
Belgium-based PET preform and bottle manufacturer, Resilux, has announced that its turnover decreased for the first half of 2014 by 3.3% to €147.7m from €152.8m for the same period in 2013. 2 September 2014
Borealis, the Austria-based chemicals group, today confirmed its acquisition of Specialty Polymers Antwerp, a joint venture with chemical giant DuPont. 2 September 2014
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


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