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WMG at the University of Warwick, UK, has established a new National Plastics Processing Centre (NPPC) which will provide a national hub for innovation and research in plastics processing. 17 August 2015
Fire has ravaged a Polish plastics processing plant operated by the German technical mouldings producer Coko-Werk in the city of Łódź. The huge blaze, thought to have broken out in the 6,700 square metre plant's warehouse early on Monday morning (27/8), wrecked the site’s production hall destroying nearly 30 injection moulding machines and damaged the finished component paint shop, according to Polish media. 30 July 2015
Italian plastics processor De Prà Materie Plastiche has established a new subsidiary in Romania as a result of plans by the firm to expand its operations in the country, reports local news daily Corriere delle Alpi. 17 July 2015
IQMS, which makes enterprise resource planning software, said 65 new manufacturing plants were added to its customer base in the first six months of 2015. 16 July 2015
An American industry report has revealed healthy optimism in the plastics industry for 2015. The Manufacturers Association of Plastics Processors (MAPP) found that more than 70% of the 170 plastics processing executives surveyed said their sales today are better than they were a year ago. 25 March 2015
In this feature James Snodgrass profiles the UK family-owned rotomoulder, Excelsior, with an interview with its managing director, Giles Fielding. We were established in 1896,” says Giles Fielding, Excelsior’s managing director. “We were incorporated in 1902. So we’re quite an old company. Originally the business was a horse-drawn coal carting operation in Rochdale, only a few miles from here. We’ve always been in the north west [of England].” 16 March 2015
Scandinavian plastics processor Rosti Group has achieved strong growth, reporting sales up 18% over the past year. 25 February 2015
Indian plastics processor Vectus Industrie is using $16.7m (€14.6m) in private equity investment to dramatically expand its manufacturing capacity to meet growing demand for water infrastructure like tanks and pipes. 13 February 2015
The Society of Plastics Engineers in the US has named Russell Broome, an SPE activist and former society president, as its new managing director. 29 September 2014
Rising costs and economic challenges caused China’s plastics processing industry to see its growth slow to about 5% in the first nine months of the year, prompting the head of the country’s largest plastics association to make a forceful call for companies to innovate and adopt new technology. 11 November 2013
A new US report on industrial production points to a recovering manufacturing base, but one researcher has warned that the numbers are not as good as they appear and that the domestic plastics industry in particular still has a lot of ground to make up. 18 July 2013
Mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity in the global plastics sector fell by nearly a quarter in the first half of 2013 compared with the same period last year 2012, according to new figures. US-based M&A firm P&M Corporate Finance (P&M) tracked 146 global plastics and packaging deals up to 11 June, a decline of 23% when compared with the first half of 2012. 17 July 2013
Politicians, the Pentagon and even the State Department are getting riled up about a plastic gun made by Texas law student Cody Wilson with a three-dimensional printer 13 May 2013
A wide range of additive manufacturing technologies were on display at Euromold in Frankfurt, Germany. European Plastics News takes a look at selective laser sintering developments 14 February 2013
Tampoprint of Germany has developed a water cooling solution to the problem of rotary printing wheels warming up during their operation 2 October 2012

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