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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
Turkish plastics producer Yiğiter Teknik Makine is planning to increase its output from 10m plastic pieces per month to 40m. The robust increase will be enabled by the launch of a new factory in 2014, reports local business daily Dunya. 22 July 2014
Sabic has reported £7.5bn in second-quarter net income, a rise of 7%. Earnings were £1bn, broadly in line with analyst forecasts. 22 July 2014
China is preparing to invest in a major bottle grade PET production project planned by the Belarus PET and polyester fibres producer Mogilevkhimvolokno to start up by 2016. 21 July 2014
Polish plastics producer Gamrat has announced plans to take over local plastic guttering systems producer Plast-Dach. The firms have signed two preliminary deals for the sale of a 95% stake in Plast-Dach, Gamrat said in a statement. 21 July 2014
Total of France has agreed to sell CCP Composites to Polynt Group, based in Italy, for an undisclosed price. CCP produces unsaturated polyester resins, gelcoats and vinyl ester. Its combination with Polynt’s unsaturated polyester resins business would create the largest composite resins producer in Europe and number three globally, the companies claim. 18 July 2014
The BMW i-project cars’ use of recycled carbon fibre has highlighted an emerging market where technologists are creating the means to re-use a valuable material. David Vink reviews the developments in this feature. 17 July 2014

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