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Plastic sheet leader Klöckner Pentaplast Group is no longer for sale, according to a 21 October Reuters article. Connecticut, US-based investment firm Strategic Value Partners canceled plans to sell Klöckner Pentaplast after bids came in “well below” the firm’s asking price of $1.9bn (€1.5bn), according to the article.  22 October 2014
Lifocolor s.r.o. is investing more than €4m to construct a new 4,200 square metre colour masterbatches production complex in Brno in the Czech Republic.  22 October 2014
Materials firm Celanese has acquired most of the assets of conductive polymers maker Cool Polymers for an undisclosed price. 22 October 2014
Large-scale investment in African countries makes the region “one of the most exciting markets for polymers in the world today”, says Applied Market Information (AMI), the UK-based research consultancy. 21 October 2014
Trinseo, formerly known as Styron, is realigning its business divisions, creating two new business groups — Performance Materials and Basic Plastics and Feedstocks, and changing roles for some top executives. 21 October 2014
Swedish polymers group Hexpol is to acquire the rubber compounding division of Vigar Group, the Spain based plastics and rubber compounder and finished products maker, including a plant in Germany. The €19m deal to purchase the business from Vigar’s founding family is due to be completed, subject to approvals, by year end. 20 October 2014
A Dublin-based company is launching a new brand to unify its plastics businesses into a single entity called OnePlastics Group. OnePlastics is being born out of One51plc Group and includes seven businesses coming together under a unified name. 20 October 2014
Evonik Industries presented a new specialty moulding compound during Fakuma in Friedrichshafen with which it plans to exploit the growing demand for automotive glazing. 20 October 2014
Belgian manufacturer Sisa has obtained a permission to expand its production facility in Łódź, in central Poland.  17 October 2014
Compounding leader PolyOne Corp. is denying a report that it bid as much as $2bn (€1.55bn) for film and sheet major Klöckner Pentaplast. “PolyOne is not bidding on Klöckner Pentaplast,” a company spokesman said. An 16 October Reuters story cited anonymous sources and listed PolyOne and private equity firm Apollo Global Management among four bidders for Klöckner.  17 October 2014
Teknor Apex will add a second thermoplastic elastomer production line at its UK plant by the end of 2015 to meet growing demand. 16 October 2014
Hexpol TPE group’s Swedish operation Elasto Sweden (Hall B1, Stand 1217), which has been producing thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) since the 1970s, plans to target the medical sector at Fakuma with new additions to its Mediprene portfolio. 16 October 2014
Materials maker A. Schulman announced a specialty compounding deal during Fakuma.  16 October 2014
Styrolution has added production capacity at plants in the U.S. and Germany and is promoting the merits of its transparent styrenic resins. 15 October 2014
Berndorf, a city in Austria, has made shopping more environmentally friendly by introducing the Berndorf Bag, a bag constructed from woven plastic. The bag was developed by Austrian technology supplier Starlinger & Co under the product name CB*star for the campaign ‟I shop in Berndorf”. 14 October 2014

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