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Plastics go Under the Hood. Engine cover photo from PolyOne
Plastics go Under the Hood. Engine cover photo from PolyOne

The successful launch of the Under the Hood conference this week is the start of a season of automotive plastics innovation events organised by European Plastics News. High level speakers at the Frankfurt conference from Renault, Ford and Mann + Hummel discussed the rapidly growing market for plastics in the engine compartment, fluid systems and other demanding applications. The programme attracted delegates from leading car companies, including Nissan, Porsche, VW and Jaguar LandRover, while plastic component and system suppliers who attended included Röchling, ContiTech, Calsonic Kansei and Nifco. ...(more)
Flexible packaging manufacturer Scientex, based in Malaysia, is planning investment of Malaysian Ringgit 300m (€72m) over three years to expand its PE and BOPP film production capacity, as well as enter the cast PP film market with new production lines. Scientex’s plans are supported by investments in new extrusion lines supplied by JSW, Reifenhäuser Group and Windmöeller & Hölscher. ... (more)

Fresh attempts to privatise insolvent Romanian PVC producer Oltchim have met with new obstacles, with the European Commission suggesting the government has treated the indebted chemical company too favourably and not enforced its rights as an Oltchim creditor. Commissioners have also criticized a deal being negotiated for Oltchim to acquire the Arpechim refinery, mothballed two years ago, from private company Petrom. ... (more)

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