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Thursday, 17th April 2014

MEPs vote for draft bag ban legislation
European Union (EU) countries could have to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags by at least 80% by 2019 under draft rules backed by the European Parliament yesterday (16 April). ...more

Plastic packaging gets the Twitter Q&A treatment
Questions were invited from the ‘Twittersphere’ on a range of plastics packaging-related issues and were dealt with by Katherine Fleet, environment and sustainability manager at packaging group RPC and by Professor Alan Boobis of Imperial College London ...more

Green light for Braskem’s renewable polyethylene
Brazilian petrochemical major Braskem, a leading biopolymer producer, and Resin Trade, an international polymer distributor, have signed a partnership to distribute ‘green’ polyethylene in the UK. ...more

D’oh! Lego takes The Simpsons to a new dimension
The makers of the Simpsons TV show are to mark the programme’s 550th episode with one featuring the cast as 3D plastic Lego characters. ...more

Pipe dream comes true for Element Hitchin
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. ...more

Negri Bossi sale may 'bring significant manufacturing' to US
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. ...more

Formica tops airport development
The control towers at Kristiansand Airport, Norway, have been clad with a plastic laminate from Formica. ...more

Potocnik calls for action on plastic bag use
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. ...more

Champ Chat
Low inflation is good, but there's still stuff to do
As much as house prices are deemed by some to be a good barometer for one’s economic fortunes personally I’d prefer to see more of this ‘rebalancing of the economy’ that we’ve all heard about for the last four years ...more

Apprentice Facebook Q&A misses an opportunity
As well as pub companies and giftware firms the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Bis) could have done the manufacturing sector a big favour by highlighting the good work being done by a UK manufacturing business in the area of apprenctices ...more

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