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  This Week's Top Stories: Wednesday, 23rd April 2014

LSB businesses sold to Cristian Lay Group
Two former businesses of the bankrupt Catalan PET packaging group La Seda de Barcelona (LSB) have been formally sold off to companies controlled by the Spanish industrial conglomerate Cristian Lay Group. LSB operations, the Artenius España PET polymers plant and feedstock chemicals facility Industrias Químicas Asociadas LSB sold. ... more
Oltchim state sell-off postponed again
The long anticipated privatisation of insolvent Romanian PVC producer Oltchim, due to have been settled at an auction in late March, has been postponed again, this time till mid May. ... more

Sibur's subsidiary Polief expands PET production
Russian petrochemicals group Sibur’s subsidiary, Polief, has completed its PET production expansion. Polief has increased PET capacity from 140 ktpa to 210 ktpa.  ... more
Negri Bossi sale may 'bring significant manufacturing' to US
Italian plastics equipment major Negri Bossi may “bring significant manufacturing of injection moulding machines back to the United States” following its acquisition by a US-based equipment firm. ... more

Provertha to build new plastic galvanizing plant
German electronics manufacturer Provertha has announced plans to set up a new plastic galvanizing plant at the Kapuvár Industrial Park, in Hungarys north-west. ... more
Research company predicts rise in bags
Ceresana, a Germany-based research company, has released a report forecasting that by 2020 the sales volume of bags and sacks in Europe will reach 9.12 million tonnes. The report covers bags made from plastic and paper. ... more

Polytechs expands French production facility
French plastic compound manufacturer Polytechs has invested €5m in expanding its production facility in Cany-Barville, in northern France, reported local news weekly L’Usine Nouvelle. ... more
Pregis to sell off its operations in the US
The private equity owner of Pregis is selling off its North American operations for an undisclosed sum. Olympus Partners of Stamford, Connecticut, is buying the business from AEA Investors LP, which acquired the Deerfield, Illinois-based maker of protective packaging materials and systems back in 2005. ... 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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