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22 July 2014

Carlsberg Breweries in Denmark has started an ambitious project with its suppliers to optimise its drinks packaging for the purpose of “upcycling”. The programme is organised through the Carlsberg Circular Community and involves metal, glass, paperboard and plastics packaging companies. 22 July 2014

Turkish plastics producer Yiğiter Teknik Makine is planning to increase its output from 10m plastic pieces per month to 40m. The robust increase will be enabled by the launch of a new factory in 2014, reports local business daily Dunya. 22 July 2014

Head-up displays with "augmented reality," the technology that employs much of the windshield as a display area for data and images, is poised to significantly change how drivers see the road. 22 July 2014

Sabic has reported £7.5bn in second-quarter net income, a rise of 7%. Earnings were £1bn, broadly in line with analyst forecasts. 22 July 2014

21 July 2014

Finland-based plastics packaging group, Huhtamaki, has announced that it is evaluating its options regarding its films business, due to its growing strategic focus on food packaging. Huhtamaki says that a potential outcome of the evaluation is divestment of its films business segment. 21 July 2014

Germany-based research company, Ceresana, has released a study saying that it expects the global market for plastic containers to rise to 46.2 million tonnes in 2021. 21 July 2014

China is preparing to invest in a major bottle grade PET production project planned by the Belarus PET and polyester fibres producer Mogilevkhimvolokno to start up by 2016. 21 July 2014

Polish plastics producer Gamrat has announced plans to take over local plastic guttering systems producer Plast-Dach. The firms have signed two preliminary deals for the sale of a 95% stake in Plast-Dach, Gamrat said in a statement. 21 July 2014

PSA Peugeot Citroen Group is using plastic for both design and protection on the exterior of one of its newest cars. 21 July 2014

Thermoforming Technology Group (TTG) has expanded its thermoforming equipment presence with the acquisition of Lyle Industries. TTG, which owns thermoforming equipment maker Brown Machine, could help propel Lyle into new market geographies and new products. 21 July 2014

Gepack, a maker of PET bottles in Portugal, is setting up new a manufacturing facility in Arizona. And it could be just the start for the company in the US.
21 July 2014

18 July 2014

Daimler has launched new versions of its Smart ForTwo and ForFour city cars, which, in previous models, have made extensive use of plastics in exterior and interior parts. Development of the new Smart ForTwo and ForFour was a joint project between Daimler and Renault, whose Twingo city car shares the same platform as the Smart cars. The ForFour car will be made at Renault’s plant in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, and the ForTwo will continue production at Smart’s plant in Hambach, France. 18 July 2014

Total of France has agreed to sell CCP Composites to Polynt Group, based in Italy, for an undisclosed price. CCP produces unsaturated polyester resins, gelcoats and vinyl ester. Its combination with Polynt’s unsaturated polyester resins business would create the largest composite resins producer in Europe and number three globally, the companies claim. 18 July 2014

Intarema, a recycling plant system launched at K 2013 by Erema, has exceeded the Austrian company’s sales expectations. 18 July 2014

Brown Water Plastics (BWP) in the US has won an order for barge covers made from mixed plastics waste, said Environmental Recycling Technologies (ERT) whose powder impression moulding process was used to produce the covers. 18 July 2014

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