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23 October 2014

Dow Chemical has announced its third quarter results for 2014 showing a 5% increase on the third quarter of 2013, rising to $14.4bn (€11.4bn) from $13.7bn (€10.8bn). 23 October 2014

Reinhausen Plasma has been renamed Relyon Plasma following a management buyout in July 2014 by Dr Stefan Nettesheim and Klaus Forster.  23 October 2014

With the aim of expanding its Poland-based production facility, German cable maker Voss Automotive has opened a new production hall in Legnickie Pole, in the country’s south-western part. 23 October 2014

Gurit, the Swiss composite materials group, said net sales for the first nine months of 2014 had risen 21.9% compared with the same period last year, but said third quarter revenues were down on the previous three months. 23 October 2014

Equipment maker Wittmann Battenfeld expects sales this year to increase 7%, to €295m, as it said some key markets, including in Europe, were performing better than general economic news might suggest. 23 October 2014

NGR Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen demonstrated its A:GRAN-series systems to recycle bulky or thick-walled plastic parts at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany. 23 October 2014

Executives with materials maker A. Schulman have to be smiling after seeing full results for the firm’s 2014 fiscal year. Sales at Ohio, US-based Schulman grew almost 15% to more than $2.4bn (€1.9bn) in the year ended 31 August, while profit more than doubled to almost $57m (€45m). 23 October 2014

22 October 2014

Aimplas, the Technological Institute of Plastics located in Valencia, Spain, has highlighted its involvement in Banus, a research project which has the primary objective of ensuring the safety of functional barriers in food packaging, regardless of the quality of the recycled material. 22 October 2014

Plastic sheet leader Klöckner Pentaplast Group is no longer for sale, according to a 21 October Reuters article. Connecticut, US-based investment firm Strategic Value Partners canceled plans to sell Klöckner Pentaplast after bids came in “well below” the firm’s asking price of $1.9bn (€1.5bn), according to the article.  22 October 2014

Lifocolor s.r.o. is investing more than €4m to construct a new 4,200 square metre colour masterbatches production complex in Brno in the Czech Republic.  22 October 2014

Materials firm Celanese has acquired most of the assets of conductive polymers maker Cool Polymers for an undisclosed price. 22 October 2014

The number seven seems to be special for European plastics machinery makers at the moment — injection press giant Engel Holding said 15 October that sales this year will likely go up 7%, the same increase that rival Wittmann Battenfeld projected a day earlier for its 2014 global sales. 22 October 2014

BASF is using polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), which is normally used to manufacture high-end electronics, in a food consumer packaging product. 22 October 2014

21 October 2014

Soma, a water filter that is 100% biodegradable, has been designed using bioplastic Bio-Flex, a material made by Germany’s Fraunhofer UMSICHT in cooperation with bioplastic compound producer FKUR. 21 October 2014

Large-scale investment in African countries makes the region “one of the most exciting markets for polymers in the world today”, says Applied Market Information (AMI), the UK-based research consultancy. 21 October 2014

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