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Even with the slowdown in China’s economy, China remains an important market for polyolefins supplier Borouge. 28 August 2015
A new deal will allow compounder RTP to make and market compounds based on Solvay Specialty Polymers’ polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resins for the commercial aircraft industry. 28 August 2015
Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers (MCPP), a subsidiary of the Tokyo based Mitsubishi Chemical, has announced it is expanding its distribution network for Tefabloc thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) in Germany. 27 August 2015
Slovakian polymer producer Slovnaft is nearing completion of a project to upgrade and expand its low density polyethylene (LDPE) capacity, installing the new LDPE4 line at its site in Bratislava. Slovnaft, a petrochemicals offshoot of Hungarian oil and gas group MOL, is due to launch the big new unit, replacing seven old PE lines, this November.  
27 August 2015
Russian industrial holding GS Group has launched a revolutionary wood-plastic composites (WPC) plant, the country’s first using proprietary technology to include ‘hard plastic’ PET in the mixture to produce WPC pellets. 26 August 2015
Solvay Specialty Polymers has confirmed a licensing deal for RTP Company, a global compounder of custom engineered thermoplastics, to produce and sell Solvay’s Radel R-7000 series of polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resins. 26 August 2015
LyondellBasell Industries plans to build a polyethylene resin plant at one of its Texas, US locations. 26 August 2015
Czech chemicals producer Unipetrol was forced to shut down its key petrochemicals plant at Litvínov for several months after an explosion and fire in the steam cracker unit crippled the facility. 25 August 2015
Strong product demand in the wind energy business helped Swiss composite materials group Gurit post a sales increase of 6.5% in the first half of 2015, or a 9.1% rise at 2015 currency rates, it states. The company reports sales of CHF 178m (€163.9m) for the first half of 2015.
25 August 2015
An 22 August explosion rocked a chemical plant in Zibo, China, that’s ramping up 100,000 metric tons of annual capacity for adiponitrile — a feedstock for nylon 6/6 resin. 25 August 2015
In 2014, Polish plastics producers managed to increase their output to some 3.04m tonnes, which represented an increase of about 1.6% compared with a year earlier, according to the latest data from the state-run Central Statistical Office (GUS). 24 August 2015
Specialty chemicals maker Evonik Industries is looking to sell off or find a partner for its Performance Materials unit, which includes acrylic sheet and resin, as well as other specialty plastic materials. In an 17 August interview with Dow Jones Newswires, Evonik Finance Director Ute Wolf said the Essen, Germany-based firm can’t achieve the economies of scale that would be necessary for the long-lasting competitiveness of the Performance Materials unit. 24 August 2015
Less than two months after spinning off from DuPont, Chemours is taking steps to reduce its production capacity for titanium dioxide (TiO2), a common plastics whitener. 24 August 2015
Polish company Evoltaic has launched a new production facility in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, in central Poland. The investment is worth about PLN 70m (€16.7m), reports local business news site Terenyinwestycyjne.info. 21 August 2015
Israel-based Tosaf a manufacturer of additives, compounds and masterbatches has announced that it has finalised its acquisition of Texas, US-based Adtec Colorant Corporation. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. 20 August 2015

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