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Brazil-based petrochemicals and biopolymer producer Braskem has developed a new polyethylene. Intended for pipes and water mains applications, it was developed at the company’s technology and innovation centre in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul.  9 September 2014
Polish PVC window maker Fakro has unveiled plans to shift production from some of its plants in Ukraine to Russia. Ryszard Florek, the company's chief executive and founder, said that the ongoing crisis in Ukraine is undermining the firm's economic performance. 8 September 2014
In this feature James Snodgrass talks to the Welsh licensee of the Weholite and WehoPanel technologies about how HDPE is replacing concrete in sewerage infrastructure in the UK and Norway. Extruded HDPE pipe is increasingly used as a replacement for traditional materials in infrastructure projects. But now even sewerage structures, which traditionally would be built from precast concrete, are being made from extruded polymer. 1 September 2014
Russian construction products manufacturer TechnoNicol Corporation plans to launch a new plant to produce insulation materials including extruded polystyrene (XPS) in Kazakhstan. The new €12.5m facility, to be established in the Karaganda region of central Kazakhstan, is scheduled to begin producing XPS in 2016. 29 August 2014
Belgium-based Tessenderlo, a speciality company that provides solutions for global needs in food, agriculture and water management (including plastic pipe systems), has announced a 4.3%  drop in sales for the first half of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. 27 August 2014
European building products manufacturer Deceuninck Group has acquired 81.2 percent of Pimas Plastik Insaat Malzemeleri AS, the leading PVC window profile producer in Turkey, for about TRY 57.7m (€20.1m). 26 August 2014
Finnish cable maker PKC Group has announced plans to shut down its plant in Haapsalu, Estonia, by the end of this year and relocate production to the group’s facilities in Serbia and Lithuania. 21 August 2014
Irish building material manufacturer Kingspan Group is acquiring the insulation business of Illinois, US-based Pactiv Building Products for $82m (€61.6m) as part of a strategic move to gain access into the US market for energy-efficient houses. Pactiv offers a wide range of extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation and building wraps, which are manufactured in Winchester, Virginia, and sold under the GreenGuard brand. 20 August 2014
Bioplastics maker Meredian didn’t have to go far to find a new investor. 18 August 2014
Michigan, US-based NSF International has acquired the laboratory operations of Aurora, Ontario-based Jana Laboratories Inc. for an undisclosed amount. 13 August 2014
Industrial adhesive tape, cables and wiring specialist Coroplast Fritz Müller, has invested €35m to expand and improve its manufacturing operation in Wuppertal, Germany. 29 July 2014
Polish plastics producer Gamrat has announced plans to take over local plastic guttering systems producer Plast-Dach. The firms have signed two preliminary deals for the sale of a 95% stake in Plast-Dach, Gamrat said in a statement. 21 July 2014
Spanish-based Molecor, a machinery and PVC pipes company, has announced that it hit export volumes of 90% of its total production and closed the 2013 with a net profit of €1m. 9 July 2014
Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) has announced a consolidation of its polycarbonate (PC) sheet business, involving plant closures and divestment in Europe and Asia-Pacific. In Europe, the group is closing its PC sheet site in Darmstadt, Germany, while in China, it will consolidate sheet production at the Guangzhou site and close its Beijing site. 30 June 2014
Polish manufacturer Kotar has announced plans to increase the output capacity of plastic insulation panels at its production facility in Wołów, in Poland’s southern part. 23 June 2014

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