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6 July 2015

In this feature for Plastics News Europe, David Eldridge looks at how thermoforming and design came together at Plast 2015. With Expo 2015 currently taking place in Milan, the eyes of the design world are on Italy over the next few months. 6 July 2015

The Hungarian subsidiary of German cable and technical components maker Rosenberger is reported to be planning further investment at a recently expanded plant at Jászárokszállás in eastern Hungary. 6 July 2015

Hungarian parts manufacturer Jász-Plasztik Kft. has announced plans to invest about HUF 2bn (€6.35m) with the aim of modernising its production facility in Jászberény, in the country’s northern part, and increasing the factory’s workforce, reports local news site Autopro.hu. 6 July 2015

Clothing manufacturer Adidas has made a prototype shoe made from recycled ocean plastic waste and deep-sea gillnets. 6 July 2015

Sealed Air Corporation, the US packaging giant behind Bubble Wrap, has come up with a new, ‘pop-less’ version of its world-famous product – prompting fans of the material to take to social media in their droves to complain. 6 July 2015

3 July 2015

Germany’s plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers retained their export dominance in 2014, while domestic orders rose 18% last year, according to trade association, the VDMA. Germany remained the world's most dominant exporter of machinery in 2014, with a share of 23.8%, nearly twice as much as its nearest competitor, China, on 12.9% - with Chinese export volumes including foreign deliveries by German manufacturers based in the country. 3 July 2015

The Brussels, Belgium-based European Plastics Converters (EuPC)'s Alliance for Polymers for Europe is looking into fighting the force majeure situation after 40 separate force majeures were declared by the European polymer production industry in the space of just four months. The EuPC states that production lines across Europe have been forced to stop at the plastics converting level due to material shortage.  3 July 2015

Imagine if eBay had a strong B2B wholesale counterpart in the US that housed more than 10 million companies and 120 million registered business accounts. 3 July 2015

Plastipak has finalised the acquisition of Artenius PET Packaging Europe, or APPE. 3 July 2015

Finland’s Huhtamäki Oyj said July 2 that it bought Pure-Stat Technologies, a small US manufacturer of laminate used in its moulded fibre packaging, for €6m.
 
3 July 2015

Chemours — the spinoff of DuPont’s Performance Chemicals unit — enjoyed a solid first day as a separate public company, with its per-share stock price rising more than 3%. 3 July 2015

Magna International plans to spend $48m (€43.2m) on a new facility in Novi, Michigan, US, for its seating division. 3 July 2015

2 July 2015

Germany-based Albis Plastic, a specialist company for the distribution and compounding of technical thermoplastics, has announced that it has expanded its healthcare product portfolio with two new Purell polypropylene types (PP) from Netherlands-based polyolefins giant LyondellBasell.
 
2 July 2015

Operations of the Hungarian PVC, polyurethanes and chemicals company BorsodChem are to be improved and upgraded with backing from the Bank of China.
 
2 July 2015

Procter & Gamble is adding a bitter taste to the outside layer of its laundry packets, and making other changes, in another move to help mitigate potential child detergent poisoning. 2 July 2015

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