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16 April 2014

Turkeys industrial group Sabanci has sold its 51% share in local plastics maker Sasa to PET manufacturer Indorama. 16 April 2014

The European Commission’s plans to cut consumption of lightweight plastic bags are at odds with the principals of free trade, according to an alliance of trade bodies including PlasticsEurope, the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union and the Toy Industries of Europe. 16 April 2014

Challenges and opportunities facing international plastics and chemicals markets were tackled by a trio of top executives at the IHS World Petrochemical Conference in Houston. 16 April 2014

Greiner Packaging International, one of Europe’s largest makers of rigid plastic packaging, now wants to make its mark in the US. The Kremsmünster, Austria-based company plans to open a new location to in Pittston, Pennsylvania, in phases starting next month. 16 April 2014

15 April 2014

Tokyo-based manufacturer of extruding machinery, Japan Steel Works (JSW), and Stork asset integrity management services have formed a partnership. JSW made the deal, it says, to formally set out the most appropriate framework conditions for smooth servicing on JSW extrusion equipment in Europe. 15 April 2014

RKW, a Germany-based films and flexible packaging group, has announced it has acquired Belgium’s Hyplast. 15 April 2014

Lanxess the Germany-based rubber and thermoplastics group, has announced the expansion of its Dormagen material testing centre for high-tech thermoplastics. 15 April 2014

UK-based Plastic Logic, the developer of flexible organic electronics, and Germany-based Novaled, the maker of organic electronic materials and OLED technology, have announced a partnership through which they hope to accelerate the market for flexible electronic displays. 15 April 2014

Italian plastics equipment major Sacmi Group’s offerings are getting a US identity. Sacmi has sold its plastics division to Kingsbury, a machinery firm based in Rush, New York, for undisclosed terms. The deal became official on 11 April, when Sacmi announced it. 15 April 2014

14 April 2014

Distribution company Velox has added a new polystyrene (PS) material to its portfolio which targets the selective laser sintering (SLS) market. 14 April 2014

Germany-based Krahn Chemie has purchased a majority share in Italy-based speciality chemical company Pietro Carini. 14 April 2014

Netherlands-headquartered TenCate Advanced Composites has partnered with high-performance supplier Performance Polymer Solutions to develop and market prepreg materials to the aerospace industry, TenCate announced 11 April. 14 April 2014

Lanxess has officially opened its auto-oriented thermoplastics compounding plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil. 14 April 2014

Engel Holding has formed a new subsidiary in China that will sell injection moulding machinery in Asia under a new brand name: Wintec. The Schwertberg, Austria-based machinery company announced the news 10 April. 14 April 2014

11 April 2014

Automotive and aeronautic supplier Hutchinson, based in France, has opened an innovation centre dedicated to the development of new composite products, materials and processes. The centre is working on new manufacturing processes with the aim of reducing cycle times. 11 April 2014

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