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  This Week's Top Stories: Wednesday, 20th May 2015

Polyolefins soar on very tight supply
In May, European producers of most standard thermoplastics have obtained margin-widening price hikes for the third month in a row. Once again the increase in polyolefin prices was way above the rise in feedstock costs. The rise was mainly attributable to a spate of production issues that have shortened supply.  ... more
Techne Graham's new products will make it a 'total solution provider'
After 30 years of making extrusion blow moulding machines, Techne Graham is rounding out its product offering with a new leak tester and an integrated blow-fill-cap machine. ... more

Solvay developing all-plastic car engine
Having played a major role in the development of the Solar Impulse 2, Belgian chemical specialist Solvay Group now is taking its lightweighting innovations to the road, working on the Polimotor 2 all-plastic automotive engine project. The company made a global announcement of the new project on 18 May.
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Lego facility in China to start production this year
Lego, known around the world for its tiny toy bricks in primary colors, has begun construction on its Jiaxing, China, manufacturing site on a 75-acre plot of land. ... more

Erema announces record sales for 2014/15
Austria-based recycling technology company Erema has announced that it hit record figures with its annual sales for the fiscal year of 2014/15, reporting €115m in sales, an increase of 21% and €20m on the previous year. The sales for the group (including Erema, Pure Loop and 3S) stood at €130m for the year. ... more
DuPont wins board battle with activist investor
DuPont has prevailed in a battle with an investor over the makeup of the company’s board of directors. ... more

Reifenhäuser sees great gains in US market
In this Q&A feature for PNE Ulrich Reifenhäuser, managing director of Reifenhäuser, says he sees some good signs in the European market, but that the USA is the highlight for Reifenhäuser Group among the global markets in which it operates. ... more
Shale gas expected to continue feeding US plastics
There has been much speculation on the renaissance the US shale gas boom has created for the plastics industry, and a new report finally provides quantifiable proof that plastics jobs have not only recovered from the recession but are expected to continue to grow by more than 20% over the next decade. ... more

PD+I 2015: 20-21 May, London

The PD+I conference is back on 20-21 May 2015 and turns five! With a brand new London venue and – building on the great work of Kevin McCullagh in the first four years – a new conference chair, Chris Lefteri. Chris is an internationally recognised authority on materials and their application in design. Join us to celebrate five years of providing a place for the design community to meet and discuss innovation.

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