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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has increased its economic growth rate forecast for 2014 and 2015, but has cut its forecast for export growth. In a revision of its previous forecast in May, it has upgraded its GDP growth forecast in 2014 from 3.1% to 3.2% – the highest growth rate since 2007 – and in 2015 from 2.7% to 2.8%. 29 August 2014
Belgium-based Tessenderlo has announced a 4.3%  drop in sales for the first half of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013 27 August 2014
European building products manufacturer Deceuninck Group has acquired 81.2 % of Pimas Plastik Insaat Malzemeleri AS, the leading PVC window profile producer in Turkey, for about 57.7 million Turkish lira ($26.5 million).

  26 August 2014

Romanian plastics manufacturer Teraplast has unveiled plans to invest €1.3m this year to expand its output capacity and launch new products.  26 August 2014
Irish building material manufacturer Kingspan is acquiring the insulation business of US-based Pactiv Building Products for $82m (£50m) as part of a strategic move to gain access into the North American market for energy-efficient houses. 20 August 2014
Britain’s manufacturers have called for the creation of a permanent UK Infrastructure Authority to address the nation’s long-term strategic infrastructure requirements. 18 August 2014
Indian plastic pipe maker Astral Poly Technik is making significant investments in new capacity, including setting up its first plant in South India, as it expects that the country’s new government will dramatically speed up home building programmes. 11 August 2014
Longbenton’s Aquaseal Rubber has secured a project as part of the development of the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm. 30 July 2014
The UK composites sector should use its cross-industry knowledge to win contracts for the construction of the HS2 high-speed rail link, according to Jacobs and Atkins, an engineer and design contractor working on the project. 23 July 2014
The Sendenhorst, Germany-based Veka Group, a leading extruder of PVC-U profiles for doors and windows, has announced the completion of its acquisition of its competitor Gealan Holding. 14 July 2014
The 2014 glittering black-tie event takes place on Friday, 24 October at the London Hilton on Park Lane and will be hosted by comedian Al Murray, aka The Pub Landlord. 7 July 2014
Bayer builds on its material expertise in response to trends in glazing activity. 4 July 2014
Fibreglass membranes in the shape of palm leaves, tensioned between steel beams and coated with 3M Dyneon PTFE, are protecting spectators from the rain in Brazil’s Porto Alegre’s venue for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 4 July 2014
A surge in house building helped the UK construction sector to grow at its fastest annual pace in the four months to June. The monthly Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the construction sector rose to 62.6 in June, its highest level since February. 3 July 2014
Spectators at this year’s World Cup in Brazil are enjoying a clear view of the matches thanks to Sabic’s Lexan polycarbonate sheet, which was used in the construction of two of the tournament’s stadiums. 2 July 2014


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