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

BMW i-project cars close the carbon loop
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. ... more
Huhtamaki to evaluate its films business
Finland-based plastics packaging group, Huhtamaki, has announced that it is evaluating its options regarding its films business, due to its growing strategic focus on food packaging. Huhtamaki says that a potential outcome of the evaluation is divestment of its films business segment. ... more

Carlsberg enlists suppliers in upcycling
Carlsberg Breweries in Denmark has started an ambitious project with its suppliers to optimise its drinks packaging for the purpose of “upcycling”. The programme is organised through the Carlsberg Circular Community and involves metal, glass, paperboard and plastics packaging companies. ... more
Kromberg & Schubert to expand Romanian plant
German car components producer Kromberg & Schubert is aiming to expand its production facility in Chişineu Criş, in Romania’s Arad province. ... more

Poland’s Gamrat to acquire Plast-Dach
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. ... more
Polynt and CCP create composite resins giant
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. ... more

Chinese set to invest in Belarus PET project
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. ... more
New Smart cars start production
Daimler has launched new versions of its Smart ForTwo and ForFour city cars, which, in previous models, have made extensive use of plastics in exterior and interior parts. Development of the new Smart ForTwo and ForFour was a joint project between Daimler and Renault, whose Twingo city car shares the same platform as the Smart cars. The ForFour car will be made at Renault’s plant in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, and the ForTwo will continue production at Smart’s plant in Hambach, France. ... more

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