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UK-based Plastic Logic, the developer of flexible organic electronics, and Germany-based Novaled, the maker of organic electronic materials and OLED technology, have announced a partnership through which they hope to accelerate the market for flexible electronic displays. 15 April 2014
Polyolefins producer Borealis is planning to increase capacity for cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) compounds at its Stenungsund facility in Sweden. The project will add 20,000 tpa of capacity for producing Borlink extra high voltage (EHV), high voltage direct current (HVDC) and high voltage (HV) polyethylene compounds when it comes on stream in 2015. 9 April 2014
He wears a black polo shirt with his jeans, instead of a black turtle neck. And his footwear is Converse, not New Balance. But the image is carefully cultivated. Lei Jun, CEO of China-based Xiaomi wants to be China’s Steve Jobs. The company he founded in Beijing just under four years ago already has over 3,000 employees and revenue in 2013 of €6.25bn. 8 April 2014
A leading Japanese plastics processor is planning to set up a production facility in Łódź, Poland.  17 March 2014
Electronic components manufacturer Asteelflash is expanding its production capacity in the Plzeň region of the Czech Republic. 13 February 2014
On the K 2013 stand of Leonhard Kurz Stiftung, the German company and its subsidiary PolyIC showed a centre console demonstrator that can be injection moulded with its decorative and touch functions in one operation. The companies used an Engel Duo 400 to produce the front panel of the curved console with a high gloss surface and with two separate touch functions: touchkeys, slides and a wheel in the upper area of the console, and a touchpad in the lower area. 11 February 2014
Plastic Logic has struck a deal with Germany’s Novaled with the aim of accelerating the development of flexible and wearable displays. 7 February 2014
Taiwan’s Ju Teng International, a major manufacturer of laptop casings, is investing at least $10m (€7m) in China to set up what it says will be the largest factory in the world for high-volume plastic-fibre composite smartphone and tablet covers. The facility will have more than 100 rapid moulding production lines from French equipment maker RocTool, with the goal of producing 1 million composite thermoplastic and glass or carbon fibre parts per month when fully operational. 4 February 2014
US manufacturer Amphenol is aiming to invest €6m in setting up a new cable plant in Kocani, in Macedonia’s eastern region. The production facility’s output will be supplied to producers from the automotive industry, reported local news agency MINA. 24 January 2014
Leonhard Kurz Group of Germany, which makes foils for in-mould decoration (IMD) among other products, has acquired an interest in software company Adorsys, based in Nuremberg, Germany. Adorsys has developed security-related software applications, including its Trustcode system for product authentication. 23 January 2014
Carclo, the UK-based technology group, is expected to deliver lower pre-tax profits this year with sales at its Conductive Inkjet Technology (CIT) operation likely to be below those previously expected. 23 January 2014
Hoffmann Innovation Group, the German tool maker, has helped Rowenta bring its new range of domestic irons into production. 13 November 2013
Smartphone owners could soon be taking better photos thanks to a polycarbonate development from Bayer MaterialScience 7 November 2013
US industrial conglomerate Koch Industries has bought Molex – a major US producer of plastic components for the electronics market – in a deal valued at around $7.2bn (€5.4bn). 17 September 2013
Vistamaxx propylene-based elastomer (PBE) from ExxonMobil Chemical is being used by the Taiwanese Ndevr Corporation to make a soft, child-friendly cover for Apple’s iPad tablet computer 2 September 2013

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