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28 August 2015

Transit packaging manufacturer Georg Utz is aiming to expand its production facility in Kąty Wrocławskie, in Poland’s south-western part. The project will be carried out by local construction company Awbud SA, the latter firm said in a statement. 28 August 2015

Even with the slowdown in China’s economy, China remains an important market for polyolefins supplier Borouge. 28 August 2015

Bolstered by strong growth in its electric and two-platen offerings, China-based Haitian International the country’s biggest maker of injection moulding equipment, posted modest sales growth in the first half of the year. Overall sales for the first half was CNY3.85bn (€533m), up 1% on the same period last year. Net profit was up 2.9% to CNY657m (€91m). 28 August 2015

A new deal will allow compounder RTP to make and market compounds based on Solvay Specialty Polymers’ polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resins for the commercial aircraft industry. 28 August 2015

27 August 2015

Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers (MCPP), a subsidiary of the Tokyo based Mitsubishi Chemical, has announced it is expanding its distribution network for Tefabloc thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) in Germany. 27 August 2015

Polish auto component manufacturer Boryszew Group has established its first plant in Mexico with the construction of a 4,712 square metre unit for air conditioning parts offshoot Maflow in Silao, Guanajuato state. 27 August 2015

Slovakian polymer producer Slovnaft is nearing completion of a project to upgrade and expand its low density polyethylene (LDPE) capacity, installing the new LDPE4 line at its site in Bratislava. Slovnaft, a petrochemicals offshoot of Hungarian oil and gas group MOL, is due to launch the big new unit, replacing seven old PE lines, this November.  
27 August 2015

Increasing demand in power train and interior and exterior furnishing applications is expected to make the automotive plastics market worth $53bn (€47bn) by 2022, a new report has claimed. 27 August 2015

Italian auxiliary equipment maker Moretto launched a roadshow in March, driving an exhibition truck throughout Europe. The truck arrived from Germany just in time for the Plastpol rubber and plastics trade show in Kielce, Poland, 26-29 May. 27 August 2015

Officials of Kiefel held a ground-breaking ceremony 17 August for a logistics centre at its headquarters in Freilassing, Germany, where the company makes thermoforming and welding machinery. 27 August 2015

Wittmann Battenfeld is setting up a separate sales and service subsidiary in Hungary, in Budaörs, near Budapest. 27 August 2015

26 August 2015

After four months of sharply rising notations, European standard thermoplastic prices took a downward turn in July and August. Lower crude oil prices and feedstock costs, better material availability and higher import volumes are the main reasons for the price decline. Producers attempted to retain as much of the cost reduction as they could in order to swell their profit margins during the first two weeks of August trading. 26 August 2015

Russian industrial holding GS Group has launched a revolutionary wood-plastic composites (WPC) plant, the country’s first using proprietary technology to include ‘hard plastic’ PET in the mixture to produce WPC pellets. 26 August 2015

US luggage producer Samsonite has launched a project to expand its production facility in Szekszárd, in Hungary’s southern part. The investment is estimated to be worth some HUF 2.4bn (€7.6m), reports local news agency MTI. 26 August 2015

Solvay Specialty Polymers has confirmed a licensing deal for RTP Company, a global compounder of custom engineered thermoplastics, to produce and sell Solvay’s Radel R-7000 series of polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resins. 26 August 2015

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