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Portugal’s Selenis has finalised the purchase of Artenius Italia, the last remaining PET production company of La Seda de Barcelona (LSB). 29 July 2014
Industrial adhesive tape, cables and wiring specialist Coroplast Fritz Müller, has invested €35m to expand and improve its manufacturing operation in Wuppertal, Germany. 29 July 2014
Dow Chemical has reported its second quarter figures, its seventh consecutive quarter of growth, according to the company. The materials giant reported sales of $14.9bn (€11.08bn), up 2% on the same period last year with increases across all operating segments. 29 July 2014
The biodegradable plastics market in Europe is forecast to witness 12% compound growth during 2014-19, according to TechSci Research’s ‘Europe Biodegradable Plastics Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019’ report. 28 July 2014
A Russian company is due to launch the first phase of a new plant to produce polycarbonate sheet in the southern region of Krasnodar of Russia in August 2015, according to regional media reports. 25 July 2014
Poland-based manufacturer Great Maple Company has announced plans to open a new production facility in Szprotawa, Poland. 25 July 2014
Bayer MaterialScience has partnered US-based travel goods manufacturer Andiamo Luggage to create a special plastic for suitcases that is scratch resistant and particularly lightweight. 24 July 2014
Germany-based chemical giant, BASF, has announced a 1% growth in sales for the second quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, reporting sales of €18.5bn. EBIT increased by €246m to €2.0bn compared with the previous second quarter.
24 July 2014
Building insulation and packaging group Synbra is consolidating its position in the Benelux region with the acquisition of the local expanded polystyrene (EPS) activities of the German-owned Knauf Insulation. 24 July 2014
DuPont sales and net income experienced slight changes for the second quarter 2014, as operating earnings dropped to $1.17 per share in the second quarter, down from $1.28 per share in 2013.
24 July 2014
There’s as much as 100 times less plastic floating on surface of the world’s oceans than would be expected given the mushrooming use of the material in recent decades, a new study has found. 24 July 2014
US-based Celanese, a global chemicals and speciality materials company, has announced that it will expand its manufacturing capabilities at its Suzano, Brazil, facility to include Celstran long fibre reinforced thermoplastics (LFRT) production.  23 July 2014
US-based IHS Chemical has produced a report on global spending on chemical production. 23 July 2014
Materials firm Royal DSM NV plans to build a new nylon resin plant in North America, but no decision has been made on the plant’s exact location. A DSM spokeswoman said that the plant likely would be in the south-eastern US to serve the firm’s customers there. 23 July 2014
Germany-based research company Ceresana has put together a study of the entire ethylene value chain in China. 22 July 2014

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