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German compounding firm Lehmann & Voss has acquired Performance Compounding LLC for an undisclosed price. 15 September 2014
LyondellBasell Industries will build a world scale propylene oxide plant on the US Gulf Coast with a capacity of 900,000 tonnes per year. 29 August 2014
Scott & Fyfe has added an exceptionally fire-resistant chopped glass mat to its Polymat reinforcement product line. 28 August 2014
PolyOne Thermoplastic Elastomers has announced that its Versaflex CE TPE materials for consumer electronics are now available in combination with Percept Authentication Technologies. 28 August 2014
Bayer MaterialScience’s research into carbon dioxide has shown that the proportion of petroleum used in the production of plastics can be cut. 27 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
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
North Carolina State University is part of a project team that is researching catalyst technology to produce ethylene and propylene from natural gas. 22 August 2014
The British Plastic Federation’s (BPF) EPS members have signed up to a commitment to product excellence, technical and professional standards and the highest levels of customer care. 20 August 2014
Australia-based Cardia Bioplastics says due to demand for environmentally friendly bags it has set up a film and bag plant in São Paulo, Brazil, which is due to start production in September 2014. 20 August 2014
International polymer distribution company Resin Trade has selected polythene bag manufacturer Duo UK to be the first UK-based manufacturer to produce mailing bags using Green PE, a thermoplastic resin made entirely from sugarcane ethanol. 19 August 2014
An article has appeared in Scientific America entitled “BPA-free plastic containers may be just as hazardous”. 18 August 2014
Raw material pressure sent North American PET bottle resin prices up by an average of 3 cents per pound in July. 15 August 2014
Sabic is modifying its cracker at Teesside to handle shale gas imported from the US. The £9m cracker upgrade, which will enable it to use shale gas-based feedstock, is scheduled to be completed during 2016. 15 August 2014
The Birmingham Assay Office, which tests the safety of a range of consumer products, analysed 16 batches of the charms and found all had more than the legally-permitted maximum 0.1% level of phthalates by weight, and two contained 50% of the plasticiser 15 August 2014

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