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Tokyo-based manufacturer of extruding machinery, Japan Steel Works (JSW), and Stork asset integrity management services have formed a partnership. JSW made the deal, it says, to formally set out the most appropriate framework conditions for smooth servicing on JSW extrusion equipment in Europe. 15 April 2014
Taghleef Industries has entered an agreement to acquire Derprosa Film, based in Spain, which will add to Taghleef’s growing capacity for production of biaxially orientated polypropylene (BOPP) film. Taghleef, which is headquartered in Dubai, is buying Deprosa from UK investors 3i Group, Baring Private Equity and other minority shareholders for an undisclosed amount. 10 April 2014
Films and flexible packaging group RKW is planning to open its first business unit in China at the end of 2014, signalling its entry into the Chinese market. 9 April 2014
Simona plans to expand its specialty sheet business by acquiring Boltaron Performance Products, its second sheet acquisition in recent months. 2 April 2014
Geomembrane major GSE Environmental is expanding as it nears a deadline for a sale of the company. 31 March 2014
Spanish-based Molecor has invested MYR 80m (€18m) in capital expenditure to set up the first phase of its orientated PVC-O pipes manufacturing facility in Kuantan, Malaysia. The plant will initially have three production lines with a total installed capacity of up to 11,000 tonnes per year. 28 March 2014
Deceuninck, the European vinyl profile extruder, plans to invest around €20m to expand its manufacturing operations in Turkey over the next two years. 25 March 2014
The Sendenhorst, Germany-based Veka Group will take over one of its competitors, Gealan Holding, in a deal that will move all Gealan subsidiaries and activities in Europe to one of the leading extruders of PVC-U profile systems for doors and windows. 13 March 2014
The German plastics processing industry yet again set a new record in 2013 as turnover grew by 3% to €57.6bn, exceeding modest 0.5% growth in 2012. The GKV trade association said activity in December exceeded expectations and it is forecasting faster growth of 4-5% in 2014. 7 March 2014
Romanian plastics manufacturer Prodplast returned to a net profit in 2013. 25 February 2014
Dow Chemical has converted its three Japanese plants making Styrofoam-brand extruded polystyrene foam over to its new polymeric flame retardant technology. 24 February 2014
Italy-based Macchi, which produces blown film extrusion equipment, has reported that it will be opening a new office in Shanghai, China. 21 February 2014
Global food giant Groupe Danone has converted about 5% of its yogurt packaging to bio-based polylactic acid (PLA) and is evaluating other opportunities to expand its use of the material. 20 February 2014
Germany-based Windmöller & Höllscher (W&H) unveiled its new generation blown film extrusion line at K 2013 in Düsseldorf last October. Nicknamed “Code E-24” before its K debut, the line was revealed as Varex II. The new Varex has sculptural surfaces, with few exposed parts and new W&H roundels, apparently inspired by the engineers’ fondness for a certain Bavarian automotive marque. The Varex II’s improvements are more than skin deep, however. 18 February 2014
Acrylic sheet producer Plaskolite reports that its new cast-acrylic sheet plant in Turkey should be completed the second half of this year, under its joint venture with Turkish thermoformer I┼čik Plastik. 14 February 2014


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