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Russian petrochemicals group Sibur’s subsidiary, Polief, has completed its PET production expansion. Polief has increased PET capacity from 140 ktpa to 210 ktpa.  17 April 2014
Switzerland-based Sika has bought a factory in Gunsan, South Korea, to strengthen its locally produced polyurethane flooring and coating range, the firm said in a statement. 17 April 2014
Turkeys industrial group Sabanci has sold its 51% share in local plastics maker Sasa to PET manufacturer Indorama. 16 April 2014
Challenges and opportunities facing international plastics and chemicals markets were tackled by a trio of top executives at the IHS World Petrochemical Conference in Houston. 16 April 2014
Lanxess the Germany-based rubber and thermoplastics group, has announced the expansion of its Dormagen material testing centre for high-tech thermoplastics. 15 April 2014
Distribution company Velox has added a new polystyrene (PS) material to its portfolio which targets the selective laser sintering (SLS) market. 14 April 2014
Germany-based Krahn Chemie has purchased a majority share in Italy-based speciality chemical company Pietro Carini. 14 April 2014
Netherlands-headquartered TenCate Advanced Composites has partnered with high-performance supplier Performance Polymer Solutions to develop and market prepreg materials to the aerospace industry, TenCate announced 11 April. 14 April 2014
Lanxess has officially opened its auto-oriented thermoplastics compounding plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil. 14 April 2014
Automotive and aeronautic supplier Hutchinson, based in France, has opened an innovation centre dedicated to the development of new composite products, materials and processes. The centre is working on new manufacturing processes with the aim of reducing cycle times. 11 April 2014
The plastics industry in China is growing at a faster rate than its gross domestic product, and BASF officials believe there is growing consumer demand for sustainable products. 11 April 2014
Fresh off its purchase of two additive manufacturing service providers, 3D printing equipment maker Stratasys has purchased a plastics materials specialist: Interfacial Solutions, based in the US. 11 April 2014
RusVinyl is planning to launch its PVC production facility in Kstovo, in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region, in September 2014, according to Valery Shantsev, the region’s governor. The facility will have a designed output capacity of 330,000 tpa of PVC and 225,000 tpa of sodium hydroxide, Shantsev said. 10 April 2014
Belgian company Materialise is offering Ultem 9085, a new heat-resistant material for fused deposition modelling (FDM). Ultem is the family of amorphous thermoplastic polyetherimides produced by Sabic Innovative Plastics. 10 April 2014
Polyolefins producer Borealis is planning to increase capacity for cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) compounds at its Stenungsund facility in Sweden. The project will add 20,000 tpa of capacity for producing Borlink extra high voltage (EHV), high voltage direct current (HVDC) and high voltage (HV) polyethylene compounds when it comes on stream in 2015. 9 April 2014

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