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The European Commission has approved France-based chemical company Arkema’s acquisition of French oil and gas giant Total’s adhesives and sealants business Bostik. 30 January 2015
Dow Chemical delivered modest sales growth in 2014, but the firm’s profit took a tumble. The Midland, Michigan, US-based plastics and chemicals giant Dow Chemical rang up sales of almost $58.2bn (€51.3bn) in 2014 — up almost 2% — but profit slid 20% to just over $1.4bn (€1.24bn). 30 January 2015
The ongoing slide in crude oil prices is taking commodity resin prices down as well. North American prices for all grades of polyethylene, polypropylene, suspension PVC and solid polystyrene each dropped in January. Prices for crude oil have fallen more than 50% since mid-2014, affecting prices for feedstocks used to make these resins. 30 January 2015
Italian auxiliary equipment company Piovan has acquired a majority stake in the Italian materials company Penta based in Poggio Renatico, Ferrara, Italy. 28 January 2015
China’s plastic industry is in the midst of a “profound adjustment” from large-scale and high-speed growth to growth focused on quality, efficiency and environmental concerns, says the executive vice president of the China Plastics Processing Industry Association. 28 January 2015
Kingspan Group plc has purchased insulated panels and building systems supplier Joris Ide Group for €315m. 28 January 2015
Materials giant DuPont will use almost all of the proceeds from an upcoming spinoff — one that includes its fluoropolymer and titanium dioxide businesses — to fund a massive $4bn (€3.5bn) stock buyback. Officials with Wilmington, Delaware, US-based DuPont announced the move on 27 January as the firm released full-year financial results for 2014. 28 January 2015
A major Siberian polymers project, ZapSibNeftekhim, planned by the Russian petrochemicals group Sibur, could be in line for a big injection of state funding through the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). The equity investment fund, set up by the government in 2011 as a catalyst for direct investment into Russia, may spend $3.5bn (€3.09bn) from the National Wealth Fund and raise hundreds of millions of dollars from other investors to back Sibur’s scheme for a 2 million tpa polyolefins complex. 27 January 2015
PET manufacturing in Europe is poised for further consolidation with another Spanish producer preparing to dispose of its PET polymer and purified terephthalic acid (PTA) operations. 27 January 2015
The Belarussian plastics industry posted lower output of PE and CPL in 2014 compared with a year earlier, according to data released by the state-run National Statistics Committee of the Republic of Belarus (BELSTAT). 26 January 2015
Switzerland-based composite materials group Gurit has announced that it has been selected as the supplier for carbon fibre based automotive body panels at a value of more than CHF 30m (€30.5m), calculated on a multi-annual basis. 23 January 2015
Following the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluding there is no health risk to consumers of any age group from current exposure levels to Bisphenol A (BPA), associations around the world have come forward to support its findings. PlasticsEurope’s PC/BPA group has stated that following the EFSA’s conclusions the French restriction on BPA is disproportionate and should be withdrawn. 22 January 2015
A recent equipment failure at a polypropylene resin plant operated by Ineos Group could affect short-term supplies of that material in North America. 22 January 2015
The world's second largest economy reported its 2014 gross domestic product growth at 7.4%, the lowest since 1990. The plastics industry exhibits similar trends, referred to by many as the "new normal." 22 January 2015
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded there is no health risk to consumers of any age group from current exposure levels to bisphenol A (BPA) after it completed a comprehensive evaluation of data. “Exposure from the diet or from a combination of sources (diet, dust, cosmetics and thermal paper) is considerably under the safe level (the “tolerable daily intake” or TDI),” said EFSA in a statement. 21 January 2015

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