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  This Week's Top Stories: Wednesday, 16th April 2014


Negri Bossi sold to US equipment firm
Italian plastics equipment major Sacmi Group’s offerings are getting a US identity. Sacmi has sold its plastics division to Kingsbury, a machinery firm based in Rush, New York, for undisclosed terms. The deal became official on 11 April, when Sacmi announced it. ... more
Greiner moves into US rigid packaging market
Greiner Packaging International, one of Europe’s largest makers of rigid plastic packaging, now wants to make its mark in the US. The Kremsmünster, Austria-based company plans to open a new location to in Pittston, Pennsylvania, in phases starting next month. ... more

JSW and Stork sign cooperation agreement
Tokyo-based manufacturer of extruding machinery, Japan Steel Works (JSW), and Stork asset integrity management services have formed a partnership. JSW made the deal, it says, to formally set out the most appropriate framework conditions for smooth servicing on JSW extrusion equipment in Europe. ... more
Lanxess expands its material testing centre
Lanxess the Germany-based rubber and thermoplastics group, has announced the expansion of its Dormagen material testing centre for high-tech thermoplastics. ... more

Europe still key market in global plastic picture
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. ... more
RKW announces acquisition of Hyplast
RKW, a Germany-based films and flexible packaging group, has announced it has acquired Belgium’s Hyplast. ... more

Sabanci sells Turkish manufacturer to Indorama
Turkeys industrial group Sabanci has sold its 51% share in local plastics maker Sasa to PET manufacturer Indorama. ... more
Krahn Chemie acquires Italy’s Pietro Carini
Germany-based Krahn Chemie has purchased a majority share in Italy-based speciality chemical company Pietro Carini. ... more



PD+I 2014 to address automotive design


The Product Design + Innovation conference, returning for its fourth year, takes place on 22-23 May at the Guoman Tower hotel in London. The overriding theme of PD+I 2014 is 'Making stuff happen', and a key session looks at automotive design. Speakers include Gregory Votolato, Course Director at the V&A and tutor at RCA; David Hilton, Auto Designer, formerly Bentley Head of Exteriors and Consultant; and Carole Favart, General Manager, Kansei Design, Toyota.
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