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Bayer MaterialScience’s research into carbon dioxide has shown that the proportion of petroleum used in the production of plastics can be reduced. 28 August 2014
David Cornish, global sustainability manager – resource efficiency at multinational chemical company Akzo Nobel, spoke at the Plastics Recycling Expo in Telford, UK, in June, asking plastic packaging groups to come to the company with ideas for recyclable products, as metal suppliers have done. 27 August 2014
China’s state-owned petrochemical giant Sinopec Corp. said it is licensing polypropylene polymerization technology to a US plant for the first time in history. 27 August 2014
Romanian plastics manufacturer Teraplast has unveiled plans to invest €1.3m this year to expand its output capacity and launch new products.  26 August 2014
Switzerland-based composites materials and components group, Gurit, has announced a 28.8% increase in sales for the first half of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. 22 August 2014
The UK Department for Business Innovations and Skills (BIS) consultation on furniture fire safety aims to tackle a growing health concern around flame retardants and drive chemical innovation in industry. 22 August 2014
Some remarks that VDMA President Reinhold Festge made at a recent press conference in Tokyo turned into sensational headlines in China. 22 August 2014
Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) and Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical Co. Ltd. (SCAC) have entered into a preliminary agreement for the reuse of waste water from Bayer’s polycarbonate production in Shanghai. 22 August 2014
Possehl Group’s acquisition of TPS Technical Plastic Systems will bring together companies which specialise in the manufacture of hybrid plastic-metal components for the automotive industry. Possehl Electronics Deutschland, based in Niefern-Öschelbronn near Pforzheim, is acquiring TPS from DT Holding for an undisclosed amount. 21 August 2014
Swiss specialty additives maker Sukano, has elected Michael de Braaf as its new CEO. 20 August 2014
Ineos has moved into UK shale exploration with the purchase of BG Group’s 51% share of the shale section of a joint Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL). The remaining 49% is owned by exploration company Dart Energy. No figures were disclosed. 19 August 2014
The Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published an international standard on phthalates used as plasticisers in toys and children's products. The standard specifies a method for the determination of six phthalates in toys and children's products. It does not specify the levels allowed in the products -- those are set on a country-by-country basis. 19 August 2014
PolyOne Thermoplastic Elastomers has announced that its Versaflex CE TPE materials for consumer electronics are now available in combination with Percept Authentication Technologies. The company says that the new material has been developed to help brand owners combat counterfeiting and reduce the risks associated with fraudulent goods such as phone cases, smart watches, headphones, earbuds and other wearable electronics. 18 August 2014
Plastic and aluminum cap producer Herti has announced plans to expand the output and product range of its production facility in Pliska, in north-western Bulgaria. 18 August 2014
Sabic is modifying its cracker at Teesside to handle shale gas imported from the US. The £9m (€11.2m) cracker upgrade, which will enable it to use shale gas-based feedstock, is scheduled to be completed during 2016. 15 August 2014


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