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The long anticipated privatisation of insolvent Romanian PVC producer Oltchim, due to have been settled at an auction in late March, has been postponed again, this time till mid May. 23 April 2014
French plastic compound manufacturer Polytechs has invested €5m in expanding its production facility in Cany-Barville, in northern France, reported local news weekly L’Usine Nouvelle. 23 April 2014
Polyamide LFT materials are being made to work even harder with new glass rovings and impregnated tape technology. Polyamide producer Ems-Grivory, based in Switzerland, has an established position in long-fibre reinforced thermoplastics (LFT) for injection moulding. Its materials have been successful in targeting metal automotive applications. 22 April 2014
German electronics manufacturer Provertha has announced plans to set up a new plastic galvanizing plant at the Kapuvár Industrial Park, in Hungarys north-west. 22 April 2014
Despite worsening overcapacity, China still imports a million tons of PVC. 22 April 2014
Quality Circular Polymers is building a new plastics recycling operation in Geleen, the Netherlands’ Chemelot industrial chemical site, with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes of polypropylene and polyethylene per year, at full production. 22 April 2014
Russian petrochemicals group Sibur’s subsidiary, Polief, has completed its PET production expansion. Polief has increased PET capacity from 140 ktpa to 210 ktpa.  17 April 2014
Switzerland-based Sika has bought a factory in Gunsan, South Korea, to strengthen its locally produced polyurethane flooring and coating range, the firm said in a statement. 17 April 2014
Turkeys industrial group Sabanci has sold its 51% share in local plastics maker Sasa to PET manufacturer Indorama. 16 April 2014
Challenges and opportunities facing international plastics and chemicals markets were tackled by a trio of top executives at the IHS World Petrochemical Conference in Houston. 16 April 2014
Lanxess the Germany-based rubber and thermoplastics group, has announced the expansion of its Dormagen material testing centre for high-tech thermoplastics. 15 April 2014
Distribution company Velox has added a new polystyrene (PS) material to its portfolio which targets the selective laser sintering (SLS) market. 14 April 2014
Germany-based Krahn Chemie has purchased a majority share in Italy-based speciality chemical company Pietro Carini. 14 April 2014
Netherlands-headquartered TenCate Advanced Composites has partnered with high-performance supplier Performance Polymer Solutions to develop and market prepreg materials to the aerospace industry, TenCate announced 11 April. 14 April 2014
Lanxess has officially opened its auto-oriented thermoplastics compounding plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil. 14 April 2014


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