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Global sales of plastics and rubber machinery are forecast to increase by an average of 3% per year in the period from 2014 to 2016, according to Germany’s VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association. The forecast comes in a trend report commissioned for the first time by VDMA which also indicates EU-based machinery producers are expected to see sales fall by 2% in 2014, with a return to growth of 2% predicted for 2015. 8 December 2014
Germany’s central bank, the Bundesbank, last week downgraded its growth forecast for the German economy in 2014 from 1.9% – which it tabled six months ago – to 1.4%. 8 December 2014
Manufacturing growth in Germany is “edging closer to stagnation”, according to new research. 25 September 2014
Italy experienced a rise in imports and exports of rubber and plastics equipment in January-June this year, said Assocomaplast, the trade association representing companies in the sector. The group’s announcement comes after a long period of weakness in the Italian market caused by debt-related economic problems. 23 September 2014
Research company, Canadean, has released a report stating that plastic beverage caps and closures are now more popular than their metal counterparts. 5 June 2014
Germany-based research company Ceresana has released a study on stabilisers, the additives used in the production of many plastics. 12 May 2014
The global market for 3D printing grew by its fastest rate in 17 years, according a new report from Wohlers Associates.  6 May 2014
Ceresana, a Germany-based research company for the industrial sector, has released a study on the European market for windows and doors (both interior and external) used by the construction sector. 4 April 2014
The Eurozone's economy continued to show signs of recovery last month, with output up and employment holding steady, according to new data. 4 April 2014
Germany-based Styrolution, BASF and Ineos’ plastics company which focuses on styrene monomer, polystyrene and ABS, has reported record profits in 2013. 28 February 2014
Germany-based Bayer, which specialises in health care, agriculture and high-tech polymer materials, has released its full 2013 figures showing increased sales compared to 2012, but its polymer sales down. Sales of the Bayer Group climbed by 1% in 2013 to €40.1bn from €39.7bn in 2012. 28 February 2014
Belgium-based chemical company Solvay has released its end of year results showing sales were down by 5% in 2013. Solvay’s net sales for 2013 stood at €9.9bn down 5% on 2012 and REBITDA was at €1.7bn down from €1.9bn although Solvay says overall this is flat allowing for CER phase out, exceptional guar effects and Chemlogics. 27 February 2014
Geman-based company Gerresheimer AG, has announced increased revenues for 2013 of 3.8% on 2012, totalling €1,265m. 14 February 2014
Turkey’s plastic production rose 14% to 8.125m tonnes in 2013, according to data released by Turkish plastics industry association PLASFED. 14 February 2014
Plastics News, a sister publication of EPN, has been granted exclusive rights by the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) to publish its show daily newspapers at SPI's triennial trade show, NPE. 13 February 2014


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