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US-based PolyOne, a polymer materials company, has announced its partnership with WaterStep, a non-profit water purification agency, to help it assist a greater number of disaster victims around the world. 17 September 2014
Russian injection moulder Plastiform has launched a new PET bottle preforms and caps production plant in the community of Borinskaya near Lipetsk in western Russia. 17 September 2014
Increased packaging demand is leading materials giant DuPont to spend more than $100m (€77m) to increase capacity for ethylene copolymers at its plant in Orange, Texas, in the US. 17 September 2014
Russian plastics and petrochemicals group Sibur has announced that overall sales increased by 32.1% to RUB 171,712m (€3.4bn) for the first half of 2014 from RUB 130,030m (€2.6bn) in the first half of 2013. 16 September 2014
Swiss plastic consumer products manufacturer Rotho Kunststoff has been granted a development permit to construct a production plant in Poland’s Slupsk special economic zone. 16 September 2014
Ties between one of the world’s biggest oil producers and one of its biggest consumers grew tighter 12 September with the announcement of a five-year agreement between petrochemical giant Saudi Basic Industries and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 16 September 2014
Chemicals giant BASF has created a new process for managing its product portfolio based on sustainability criteria. 15 September 2014
Akro-Plastic has launched a new range of polyketone compounds which it will show at Fakuma 2014 in October. In this feature article, David Vink discusses possible applications for the new compounds with the German company. 15 September 2014
Parx Plastics has achieved commercial production of its Saniconcentrates-brand line of antibacterial polymers. Parx — based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands — now is making Saniconcentrates based on Eastman Chemical’s Tritan-brand copolyester, as well as on ABS, at a plant in Bologna, Italy. 15 September 2014
German compounding firm Lehmann & Voss & Co has acquired Performance Compounding for an undisclosed price. Performance is based in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, where Hamburg-based L&V has its US office. 15 September 2014
Germany-based chemical giant, BASF, has announced the launch of its new butadiene extraction plant at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium.  12 September 2014
PolyOne GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers in the US says its Versaflex CE 3620 compounds have met all ISO 10993-10:2010 testing requirements with no signs of skin irritation.  12 September 2014
New shale gas and oil production is leading Invista to enter the plastic pipe market with Raptor-brand nylon pipe. 12 September 2014
Packaging giant RPC has agreed to sell its rigid sheet businesses in Belgium and Italy for an undisclosed sum. 12 September 2014
Finnish manufacturer PKC Group has launched the construction of a new production facility in Smederovo, in Serbia’s central part, the Serbian government said in a statement. The Helsinki-based producer says it specialises in integrating wiring, electronics and plastics. 10 September 2014

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