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The Brussels, Belgium-based European Plastics Converters (EuPC)'s Alliance for Polymers for Europe is looking into fighting the force majeure situation after 40 separate force majeures were declared by the European polymer production industry in the space of just four months. The EuPC states that production lines across Europe have been forced to stop at the plastics converting level due to material shortage.  3 July 2015
Imagine if eBay had a strong B2B wholesale counterpart in the US that housed more than 10 million companies and 120 million registered business accounts. 3 July 2015
Chemours — the spinoff of DuPont’s Performance Chemicals unit — enjoyed a solid first day as a separate public company, with its per-share stock price rising more than 3%. 3 July 2015
Germany-based Albis Plastic, a specialist company for the distribution and compounding of technical thermoplastics, has announced that it has expanded its healthcare product portfolio with two new Purell polypropylene types (PP) from Netherlands-based polyolefins giant LyondellBasell.
2 July 2015
Operations of the Hungarian PVC, polyurethanes and chemicals company BorsodChem are to be improved and upgraded with backing from the Bank of China.
2 July 2015
Ineos and Solvay have revealed further details about their Inovyn joint venture which began business on 1 July. Solvay received upon closing an upfront cash payment of €150m, subject to customary adjustments such as actual working capital levels. 2 July 2015
King Philippe of Belgium and China’s President Xi Jinping witnessed the signing of a deal between Solvay and Sinochem Group last week. 30 June 2015
Lyon, France-headquartered Bluestar Silicones International (BSI) has announced it has invested €15m to develop its elastomer production units, with particular focus on its Saint Fons, France site. 29 June 2015
German chemical giant Bayer may plan to list its plastics division as early as October to take advantage of current rich stock market valuations, according to a Reuters report which cites sources familiar with the deal. 26 June 2015
Arburg’s dedication of its new headquarters in Rocky Hill drew 160 attendees 16-17 June, and after the ribbon cutting and speeches, they learned about lightweighting and additive manufacturing, and heard a 101-type explanation of hydraulics and pneumatics to power press movements. 26 June 2015
Russia’s major polymer producer is weathering well in a tough environment, writes David Eldridge in this longer feature version of a previously published article for PNE25 June 2015
Russian flexible packaging producer Lava Polimer increased its annual sales volume of stretch film last year by 15.4% as it boosted output and extended its distribution network. 25 June 2015
Chemicals producer Grupa Azoty has opted to use production technology from the US group Honeywell for a 400,000 tpy propylene plant it plans for Poland. 24 June 2015
Royal DSM has completed a five-year upgrade to improve the environmental performance of its engineering plastics plant in Emmen, the Netherlands.
24 June 2015
Russian petrochemicals group Sibur has announced it has seen investment in its ZapSibNeftekhim petrochemical facility construction project from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and other international investors. 23 June 2015

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