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Polypore International, a major maker of energy storage membranes and separation media, is being sold in two parts. 18 May 2015
David Vink reports on the biannual 3D-MID Moulded Interconnect Devices congress in this feature, indicating that moulded interconnect devices are proliferating, helped by plastic substrates, additive manufacturing and injection moulding.  30 April 2015
Slovak LED lighting maker Leader Light has unveiled plans to set up a new production facility in Krompachy, in Slovakia’s eastern part.  10 April 2015
Technical components producer Rosenberger has unveiled the results of a €9m technology upgrade and expansion project at its high frequency and fibre connectors plant at Jászárokszállás, Hungary. 17 March 2015
French manufacturer Schneider Electric has unveiled plans to increase the output of its production facility in Plovdiv, in Bulgaria’s southern part. 2 March 2015
US-based Teknor Apex has introduced a new series of Monoprene TPEs for colourful consumer electronic components such as in-ear headphones, computer mice, fitness trackers, and smart watches. Teknor states that at the NPE 2015 exhibition in the US in March, its consumer electronics series of compounds which are part of the Monprene family of TPEs, will be introduced. The company highlights that products in the series are resistant to skin oil, stains, household chemicals, and UV light. 22 December 2014
French manufacturer Schneider Electric says it has obtained all required regulatory approvals and subsequently finalised the acquisition of Turkey’s Günsan Elektrik. 15 December 2014
Teijin Group, based in Japan, started production of a new phosphorus-based flame retardant at a plant operated by chemical manufacturer Chitec Technology in Taipei, Taiwan on 25 November. 10 December 2014
Bulgaria’s financial regulator FSC said it has decided to halt the buyout of shares in local cable maker Gamakabel by Liechtenstein-based Vendrell. 8 December 2014
PolyOne’s Colorant Chromatics business has developed a new chemical foaming agent for fluoropolymer wire insulation which it says can reduce part density while enhancing the stability and efficiency of the manufacturing process. 12 November 2014
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

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