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18 September 2014

Bayer, the German chemicals giant, confirmed today that it planned to float off its MaterialScience plastics division as a separate company and focus on being a Life Sciences business. Earlier unconfirmed reports had suggested a decision would be made today in what has been one of the sector’s worst-kept secrets for several months. 18 September 2014

Germany-based Bayer MaterialScience has announced it has developed a material solution (Apec) that extends the service life of the lenses of smartphones as well as improving image quality. 18 September 2014

PET to PET Recycling Austria, a bottle-to-bottle PET recycling operation backed by Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling and several beverage manufacturers, has invested €2.3m to upgrade its Austrian plant. 18 September 2014

Chinese materials maker Polymax Elastomer Technology Co. has opened a North American production site and headquarters in Waukegan, Illinois. 18 September 2014

Georg Fischer Central Plastics (GFCP) closed its manufacturing operation for pipe components in Abbeville, South Carolina, US, on 15 September, putting 17 employees out of work and a 21-acre complex with a rail spur back on the rental market.
18 September 2014

17 September 2014

Sabic has announced the use of its new polypropylene medical grade Sabic PP PCGR40 in a ultra clear PP liquid medicine dosage delivery system launched by pharmaceutical packaging company Bormioli Rocco. Sabic states that the new plastic will be mainly used by Bormioli Rocco to produce dosing cups that are more transparent and stronger than previous versions. 17 September 2014

US-based PolyOne, a polymer materials company, has announced its partnership with WaterStep, a non-profit water purification agency, to help it assist a greater number of disaster victims around the world. 17 September 2014

Russian injection moulder Plastiform has launched a new PET bottle preforms and caps production plant in the community of Borinskaya near Lipetsk in western Russia. 17 September 2014

Dutch brewer Heineken is to replace all its wooden pallets in Mexico with a high impact-resistant plastic pallet, co-designed and produced by Mexican company Plásticos Técnicos Mexicanos SA de CV (PTM), which has plants in Monterrey, northern Mexico, and Querétaro, in the center of the country. 17 September 2014

Increased packaging demand is leading materials giant DuPont to spend more than $100m (€77m) to increase capacity for ethylene copolymers at its plant in Orange, Texas, in the US. 17 September 2014

16 September 2014

Russian plastics and petrochemicals group Sibur has announced that overall sales increased by 32.1% to RUB 171,712m (€3.4bn) for the first half of 2014 from RUB 130,030m (€2.6bn) in the first half of 2013. 16 September 2014

Swiss plastic consumer products manufacturer Rotho Kunststoff has been granted a development permit to construct a production plant in Poland’s Slupsk special economic zone. 16 September 2014

Latvian plastics waste recycler Nordic Plast has invested more than €2.5m to expand the production capacity through a modernisation project at its plant in Olaine, Latvia. 16 September 2014

Ties between one of the world’s biggest oil producers and one of its biggest consumers grew tighter 12 September with the announcement of a five-year agreement between petrochemical giant Saudi Basic Industries and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 16 September 2014

TRW Automotive Holdings, in a supply chain mega-deal that has been in the works since mid-July, said it has agreed to be acquired by German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen for $13.5bn (€10.4bn) in cash. The transaction, for $105.60 per share, will create the world's second-largest auto supplier with pro forma combined revenue of about €30bn and 138,000 employees TRW and ZF said. 16 September 2014

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