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26 January 2015

Italy-based materials company Novamont has announced that its 50/50 joint venture with Versalis, Novamont and Matrìca, has signed a deal with Coldiretti and Consorzi Agrari d’Italia, for the creation of innovative agro-industrial chains to create short-chain biolubricants and bioplastics. 26 January 2015

Polish plastic packaging manufacturer Plast-Box has unveiled plans to boost its exports to Austria by 20% this year. 26 January 2015

The Belarussian plastics industry posted lower output of PE and CPL in 2014 compared with a year earlier, according to data released by the state-run National Statistics Committee of the Republic of Belarus (BELSTAT). 26 January 2015

Windmöller & Hölscher will get more involved in flexible packaging machinery through its bigger stake in machinery maker BSW Machinery Handels. 26 January 2015

Constar UK, the Leeds-based blow moulder, has been bought by Esterform Packaging for an undisclosed sum. Esterform, which claims to be the largest independent converter of PET in the UK, said the deal would double its PET preform and container capacity to in excess of three billion units a year. 26 January 2015

23 January 2015

L’Oreal Americas and Avery Dennison have announced that they are working together to reduce the environmental impacts of packaging labels throughout the entire label lifecycle. 23 January 2015

Switzerland-based composite materials group Gurit has announced that it has been selected as the supplier for carbon fibre based automotive body panels at a value of more than CHF 30m (€30.5m), calculated on a multi-annual basis. 23 January 2015

The European Central Bank (ECB) has introduced quantitative easing (QE) to stimulate the troubled Eurozone economy in the face of deflation and recession. 23 January 2015

There will be a leadership change at the helm of Australian packaging company Amcor starting in July. 23 January 2015

Michigan, US-based Cooper-Standard Holdings said 21 January it plans to consolidate its operations in Europe, including reducing manufacturing in France and Germany and moving some production to Eastern Europe. “Restoring our competitive position in Europe is critical to our strategy of driving profitable growth and becoming a top 30 global automotive supplier,” said Jeffrey Edwards, chairman and chief executive officer. 23 January 2015

22 January 2015

Following the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluding there is no health risk to consumers of any age group from current exposure levels to Bisphenol A (BPA), associations around the world have come forward to support its findings. PlasticsEurope’s PC/BPA group has stated that following the EFSA’s conclusions the French restriction on BPA is disproportionate and should be withdrawn. 22 January 2015

South Korean car parts maker Hyundai Mobis has unveiled plans to invest about €21m in modernising and expanding the output capacity of its production facility in Gbeľany, in Slovakia’s northern part. 22 January 2015

Japanese car parts maker Takata has launched test production at its production facility in Miskolc, in Hungary’s north-eastern part. 22 January 2015

Faerch Plast, the Danish-headquartered plastics packaging manufacturer, has announced that Joe Iannidinardo will relinquish his role as managing director of the UK business in order to become group sales director (new markets), with effect from 1 February. 22 January 2015

A recent equipment failure at a polypropylene resin plant operated by Ineos Group could affect short-term supplies of that material in North America. 22 January 2015

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