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Robert Bosch is set to pay €3bn and take full control of Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte (BSH), its joint venture with Siemens which is Europe’s largest manufacturer of appliances, including washing machines, refrigerators, ovens and vacuum cleaners. BSH is a significant producer of plastic components for its products and it operates 41 factories in 13 countries in Europe, the US, Latin America and Asia. 26 September 2014
Germany-based Bayer MaterialScience has announced it has developed a material solution (Apec) that extends the service life of the lenses of smartphones as well as improving image quality. 18 September 2014
PolyOne GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers in the US says its Versaflex CE 3620 compounds have met all ISO 10993-10:2010 testing requirements with no signs of skin irritation.  12 September 2014
Bigger than its predecessors, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus will pack more pixels and power into a thinner design that has a glass face curving around the sides to meet an aluminum enclosure. 10 September 2014
Australia’s competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has ordered a major recall of 2,485 miles of electrical cabling due to poor-quality plastic insulation coating. 1 September 2014
Optical disc replicator and moulder Optical Experts Manufacturing of Charlotte, North Carolina, has expanded its core business and entered new high technology markets by acquiring a German company. 1 September 2014
Consumer electronics giant Sony is getting into a sideline of selling recycled resins.
28 August 2014
PolyOne Thermoplastic Elastomers has announced that its Versaflex CE TPE materials for consumer electronics are now available in combination with Percept Authentication Technologies. The company says that the new material has been developed to help brand owners combat counterfeiting and reduce the risks associated with fraudulent goods such as phone cases, smart watches, headphones, earbuds and other wearable electronics. 18 August 2014
LPKF Laser & Electronics, based in Garbsen, Germany has announced its sales revenue was down for the first half of 2014. 14 August 2014
Sweden-based Hexagon, a design technology company, has announced its acquisition of Vero Software, a leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. 22 July 2014
Samsung Electronics has suspended its business with a South Korean-owned moulder in China in the midst of child labour allegations.  17 July 2014
A German court has told Motorola it must stop selling cell phones which have antennas made with a patented plastic electronics process. LPKF Laser & Electronics, based in Garbsen, Germany, said it has won a preliminary victory in a legal dispute concerning the infringement of its patent for Laser Direct Structuring (LDS). 11 July 2014
France-based RocTool, an equipment manufacturer, has signed two new production agreements with China-based Ju Teng, a communications and electronics company. In 2013 Ju Teng invested around €7m in China to set up a factory for high-volume plastic-fibre composite smartphone and tablet covers, which uses RocTool technology.  1 July 2014
Hungarian cable manufacturer Scintilla has announced plans to expand its production facility in Jászberény, in Hungary’s northern part. The manufacturer aims to double the factory’s production space to increase its output capacity and boost revenues, reported local news site Autopro.hu. 20 June 2014
German injection moulder Odenwälder Kunststoffwerke (OKW) has won a prestigious iF product design award for its ergonomic Blob enclosure for electronics. There are three versions of the handheld units, with different size control areas and three different grips. OKW said the three Blob variations, which are all made of ABS, “were created according to the principles of ‘universal design’. These support applications that are flexible enough to meet the needs of a large number of people with different hand sizes and grasping volumes.” 20 May 2014

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