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Asset International has been making 3.5 metre diameter structured wall pipe since 2008
Asset International has been making 3.5 metre diameter structured wall pipe since 2008

In this feature James Snodgrass talks to the Welsh licensee of the Weholite and WehoPanel technologies about how HDPE is replacing concrete in sewerage infrastructure in the UK and Norway. Extruded HDPE pipe is increasingly used as a replacement for traditional materials in infrastructure projects. But now even sewerage structures, which traditionally would be built from precast concrete, are being made from extruded polymer. ...(more)
In July, European standard thermoplastic prices continued their upward trend spurred on by rising upstream costs. The conflict in Iraq led to sharp increases in crude oil and naphtha costs, which drove up petrochemical feedstock prices. In addition, cracker outages, capacity cutbacks and limited import volumes restrained supply.  ... (more)

Russian construction products manufacturer TechnoNicol Corporation plans to launch a new plant to produce insulation materials including extruded polystyrene (XPS) in Kazakhstan. The new €12.5m facility, to be established in the Karaganda region of central Kazakhstan, is scheduled to begin producing XPS in 2016. ... (more)

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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has increased its economic growth rate forecast for 2014 and 2015, but has cut its forecast for export growth. In a revision of its previous forecast in May, it has upgraded its GDP growth forecast in 2014 from 3.1% to 3.2% – the highest growth rate since 2007 – and in 2015 from 2.7% to 2.8%. (more)

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