German plastics machinery groups are promoting energy efficiency, recycling and other issues in the Blue Competence campaign. This feature looks at the road to sustainability taken by members of the VDMA association.
29 January 2014
GKV, the association of German plastics processors, has regularly been critical of the effect on its members of the German EEG renewable energy law and has now joined forces with seven other trade associations to issue a joint statement calling for “honest discussion” on energy costs. The rising EEG rate is harming competitiveness of German companies, the associations said.
24 January 2014
Xeros, based in Sheffield, UK, has developed a method for cleaning clothes that largely replaces water with polymer beads.
12 December 2013
Ocean-borne plastic waste could “spell big trouble” for marine worms, according to researchers from the University of Exeter and Plymouth University in the UK who reported their evidence in the Cell Press journal ‘Current Biology’.
10 December 2013
Biodegradable plastic bags need to be collected separately to avoid contaminating the waste stream, according to the European Plastics Converters Association, EuPC.
4 December 2013
A global alliance of plastics associations is calling on governments and other business sectors like retailers and brand owners to do more to combat trash littering the ocean, and said such broader cooperation could be key to future progress.
28 November 2013
Eight multinationals which specify huge quantities of plastics used in consumer goods and cars have formed the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA) with the World Wildlife Fund. Nestlé said in a news release it is part of the alliance which also includes The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Ford, HJ Heinz Company, Nike, P&G and Unilever.
20 November 2013
BMW’s eagerly awaited BMWi3 electric car with a CFRP passenger cell hits the road this month. David Vink
has found out key details of its production, which includes structural foam, recycled carbon fibre and the visible use of kenaf fibres in the door panel.
1 November 2013
Asia's plastics industry may not yet be facing the kind of pressure governments are putting on European industry to address human health and marine litter problems, but the region needs to pay attention early or risk more bans and other restrictions, the head of PlasticsEurope told a meeting of Asian leaders
1 October 2013
As part of an ongoing partnership, DSM and Ravago have created a new portfolio of glass reinforced recycled PA6 compounds
26 September 2013
The Environmental Services Association (ESA), the voice of the UK’s waste and resource management industry, has responded critically to the EU waste target consultation
13 September 2013
Large, lightweight composite façade panels developed by DSM Composite Resins, Büfa and NPSP Composieten, have been used in the construction of an energy-neutral office building in the Netherlands
12 July 2013
Solar Impulse, a solar-powered airplane made with plastic and composite components, is to fly to New York from Dulles airport in Virginia for the fifth and final leg of its Across America flights on 6 July
8 July 2013
Germany’s plastics industry trade body has warned that the US is set to emerge as a petrochemical superpower, thanks to the country’s reserves of cheap-to-produce shale gas
4 July 2013
The Russian Union of Chemists has called on its government to block a proposed ban on the production and import of plastic bags in Russia, as well as their free distribution in shopping centres
4 July 2013