European Union and Canadian plastics exporters are to benefit from a new free trade deal. Once the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been ratified (probably in 2015), it will lead to all existing non-food duties imposed on good traded between the parties being scrapped.
3 December 2013
Cefic, the pan-European representative body for the chemicals industry, has welcomed the adoption by the European Commission of a proposal for a directive on the protection of trade secrets. The directive, announced on 28 November, would aim to protect innovation know-how and confidential business information (CBI) on a harmonised basis at the EU level.
29 November 2013
A consumer watchdog group in Hong Kong said it has found levels of phthalates in plastic toys up to 380 times that allowed in the United States and Europe, releasing its research as the government there considers tougher rules on the chemicals.
26 November 2013
German media coverage of the European Commission’s proposal for reducing carrier bag usage has been criticised by the IK Association of Plastic Packaging, representing packaging producers in Germany. In a statement, IK pointed out that in Germany 98% of all plastic packaging is disposed of in its recycling system.
11 November 2013
Fresh controls on the manufacturing of plastics in the EU are under consideration as a result of comments submitted to the European Commission’s green paper on plastic waste. Brussels says there have been more than 270 responses since its March publication
8 November 2013
Insolvent PET and packaging producer La Seda de Barcelona has been given the green light by the Spanish commercial court hearing its insolvency case to put up for sale two of its plants in Spain
29 October 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released new guidance on complying with the EU’s biocidal products regulation, which came into force on 1 September
10 October 2013
EuPC, the EU-level trade association representing European plastics converters, has come out in favour he European Commission’s green paper on plastics waste while criticising the bioplastic industry
8 October 2013
The Environmental Services Association (ESA), the voice of the UK’s waste and resource management industry, has responded critically to the EU waste target consultation
13 September 2013
PlasticsEurope has come out in support of a European Parliament commitment to help cut youth unemployment. The commitment – backed by politicians and business leaders – was made at an event organised by PlasticsEurope in close collaboration with EU40 – a network of young MEPs who were 40 or under at the time of their election
11 September 2013
China's PVC pipe manufacturers, which are among the industry's biggest users of lead-based additives, are coming under pressure to phase out the heavy metal in favour of more environmentally-friendly stabilizers
9 September 2013
The European Union might accept US-made plastics as being safe enough to sell in the EU without them being subject to full-scale European chemical controls, under a planned EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
4 September 2013
A Europe-wide initiative to reduce food waste aims to boost use of waste oils, fats, gelatin and other materials in the European plastics industry
3 September 2013
Niigon Technologies, a moulding plant run by the Pottawatomi First Nation reserve on Canada's Georgian Bay, is closing down as a legal battle rages between Robert Schad, and his former company Husky Injection Molding Systems
8 August 2013
Plastics processors have been warned that EU proposals to tax and ban commonly used HFC refrigerants could result in higher cooling costs
30 July 2013