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  This Week's Top Stories: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

Commission withdraws Circular Economy plan
The European Commission has withdrawn its Circular Economy initiative from its 2015 work programme, which it will “replace by a new, more ambitious proposal by end 2015”. The Commission revealed the Circular Economy package, which was launched in July, was one of 80 proposals it has axed from its 2015 programme, with its work plans now focused on 23 initiatives. ... more
Spanish group in €15m upgrade of agro film extrusion plants
An expanding Spanish group, manufacturing agricultural films plans to invest €15m to upgrade and modernise its operations at two plants in Andalusia, southern Spain. ... more

Italy's Moretto sets up a US facility
Italian auxiliary equipment manufacturer Moretto has opened its first US operation, in Columbus, Ohio, to handle sales, service and spare parts. Paolo Gasparotto, business development manager, said the 15,000-square-foot facility opened in October to cover the US and Canada. ... more
Schneider Electric acquires Günsan Elektrik
French manufacturer Schneider Electric says it has obtained all required regulatory approvals and subsequently finalised the acquisition of Turkey’s Günsan Elektrik. ... more

Sibur's polymer sales up following plant launch
Russian plastics and petrochemicals group Sibur has announced that in the nine months ending 30 September 2014 revenue increased by 33.5% year-on-year. Sibur’s revenue from sales of basic polymers increased by 57.4% year-on-year from RUB 16.6bn (€231m) to RUB 26.1bn (€364m) mainly from higher PP sales volumes following the launch of the Tobolsk-Polymer Plant in the second half of 2013.  ... more
Izo-Blok opens Polish EPP car parts plant
Poland’s plastic car parts maker Izo-Blok has launched its new production facility in Chorzów, in Poland’s southern region of Silesia. The factory makes its output with the use of EPP, reports local news site ... more

Eco Plastics sold to German investment group
Plastics recycler Eco Plastics has been bought by Aurelius Group, a Germany-headquartered investment firm for an undisclosed sum. ... more
Aimplas collaborates with Solarays
Aimplas, the Technological Institute of Plastics located in Valencia, Spain, has collaborated with the company Solarays to create a new system which generates electricity from solar panels. Aimplas states that thanks to a tracking system, the solar panel system achieves a high concentration level of solar rays and increases efficiency.
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BMW i3 & i8: Special Supplement

BMW i3 & i8: Special Supplement BMW's i3 urban car and i8 sports car are the most startling vehicles launched in recent years. The cars have a groundbreaking passenger cell made of carbon fibre, and they make use of natural materials and lightweight plastics for interior and exterior parts. These achievements have been realised by the innovative drive of BMW, its Tier One suppliers and numerous process, technology and materials specialists. In this special report, European Plastics News explores how plastics and composites have made the BMW i3 and i8 possible.

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