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Sabic Innovative Plastics announced 23 April at Chinaplas that it is investing in a production line for Stamax-brand long glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene resin at its manufacturing site in Shanghai. 24 April 2014
Eight major renewable electricity projects have been unveiled as part of the government’s electricity reforms, giving a boost to green jobs. 23 April 2014
Colloids is adding masterbatch manufacturing capacity to its Chinese operation, Colloids Plastic (Suzhou). The initial investment is £3.6m. 22 April 2014
Italian plastics equipment major Negri Bossi may “bring significant manufacturing of injection moulding machines back to the United States” following its acquisition by a US-based equipment firm. 17 April 2014
Test and development lab, Element Hitchin, has completed a proof-of-concept project to design and build equipment for the continuous quality control and repairing of reinforced thermoplastic pipes during the manufacturing process. 17 April 2014
Janez Potocnik, Europe’s commissioner for the environment, told the European Parliament yesterday [15 April] that plastic carrier bags are a “highly visible environmental problem” and that their over-consumption and littering need to be addressed. 16 April 2014
Challenges and opportunities facing international plastics and chemicals markets were tackled by a trio of top executives at the IHS World Petrochemical Conference in Houston, US. 16 April 2014
The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) has taken “a major step forward”, with work now underway on the construction of the UK’s first dedicated ‘faculty on the factory floor’. 16 April 2014
A legacy Revenue and Customs debt and the loss of a key customer contributed to the demise of Bourne Technical Mouldings, according to administrator Quantuma. 15 April 2014
Sacmi has finalised the sale of its plastics division to the New York’s Kingsbury Group. According to the companies, the deal will provide “manufacturing synergies” for the new owner, which has clients including Ford, Chrysler and Whirlpool. No sum was revealed. 15 April 2014
Banbury-based Glazpart, a specialist injection moulder with experience in the windows industry, has completed a two-year, £1m investment programme that included additional equipment and upgraded facilities. 15 April 2014
New North American polyethylene capacity eventually will mean lower selling prices for that material. While in polypropylene, new supplies of propylene monomer will lead to some new resin capacity as well, making the material more competitive vs. high density polyethylene. 14 April 2014
Bourne Technical Mouldings (BTM) will cease trading on 28 April due to “cash flow problems” despite being “busier than ever”, according to a company employee. 11 April 2014
The results of the fifth round of the UK Regional Growth Fund (RGF) have been announced, with the automotive industry securing a substantial slice of the £300m on offer. 11 April 2014
Taghleef Industries has entered an agreement to acquire Derprosa Film, based in Spain, which will add to Taghleef’s growing capacity for production of biaxially orientated polypropylene (BOPP) film. 11 April 2014


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