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Leading plastics industry figures have cast their collective gaze forward to the next 12 months, with a number believing the rising influence of automation is set to hold a greater sway next year.

  12 December 2014

A variety of Stratasys customers will show products made with the group’s technology at the 3D Printshow London, which takes place at Old Billingsgate on 4-6 September. Strakka Racing’s Dome S103 LMP2 race car has parts made using Stratasys 3D printing, including racing parts as well as scale model test parts. 3D printed parts displayed at the exhibition range from wind tunnel aerodynamic components to a race ready cockpit dashboard panel and rear wing spoiler. 29 August 2014
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is planning a pilot introduction of plastic currency notes next year in an attempt to defeat counterfeiters. 26 August 2014
The Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published an international standard on phthalates used as plasticisers in toys and children's products. 19 August 2014
Swedish appliance conglomerate Electrolux has confirmed it is one of the suitors for a possible acquisition of GE Appliances. 18 August 2014
Supply chain expert Axel Hartwig has compared steel beer kegs and kegs from PET, made by England-based Petainer. 14 August 2014
A Central European company is cashing in on the renewed global fashion for collecting music on vinyl. Disc and packaging manufacturer GZ Media of Loděnice in the Czech Republic broke its own production record last year managing to press more than 10 million vinyl discs during 2013. 14 August 2014
A German court has told Motorola it must stop selling cell phones that have antennas made with a patented plastic electronics process. 14 July 2014
Trojan Plastics, a Huddersfield-based bath manufacturer, is on the acquisition trail following the appointment of special advisors from Grant Thornton who have helped the firm develop a growth strategy. 7 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
The joint PDM/PRE event in Telford was lauded by both exhibitors and attendees, with some visitors coming from as far afield as Scandinavia, the Middle East and Japan. 26 June 2014
Nano-film developer P2i has received a £5m cash injection from Clydesdale Bank. The deal includes a mix of term loan and working capital facilities. 24 June 2014
PRW’s 50th anniversary issue, published last week, is now available online in a digital format. 13 June 2014
US researchers have developed a technology that could see plastics replace lithium in battery design. The findings open the door on an array of power applications that could be both lighter and safer than conventional technologies. 12 June 2014
Polymer scientists at the University of Akron have developed a transparent coating that will enable smartphone manufacturers to make cheaper, tougher screens. 10 June 2014

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