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Thursday, 24th April 2014

Vince Cable opens new Closed Loop line
The new plastic milk bottle recycling line in Dagenham is part of a £12m investment strategy which the company claimed would make it the biggest recycler of milk bottles in the world ...more

Dow's quarterly figures boosted by performance plastics
Dow Chemical reported turnover of $14.5bn (£8.6bn) yesterday, including an adjusted 6% increase in sales at its performance plastics operation, which it attributed to higher prices ...more

UK car output went up a gear in March
UK car manufacturing picked up pace in March with improvements seen in both domestic and overseas markets, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). ...more

CMA Moldform invests in kit and job opportunities
Birmingham-based rapid prototyping and design agency CMA Moldform has been awarded a Business Innovation Programme grant, which has enabled it to buy a computer-controlled liquid resin dispensing machine. ...more

Clariant: 'Asia holds the key to growth'
Addressing journalists before the Chinaplas 2014 trade show got under way the group said its sales in the Greater China region – which includes South Korea, by its own definition – had increased by 7.3% percent last year, to CHF646m (£435m). ...more

KraussMaffei looks to expand in China and Asian markets
KraussMaffei has officially inaugurated a second production hall at its manufacturing plant in Haiyan, China. The move coincided with the company’s attendance at Chinaplas 2014 in Shanghai. ...more

Sabic adding Stamax production line in Shanghai
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. ...more

Champ Chat
Plastic packaging: it's a no brainer
It is clear that ‘lightweighting’ is not the preserve of the automotive industry. Plastics packaging performs an important function in getting products to the consumer in a suitable condition, a point reinforced in a recent Twitter Q&A on the subject. ...more

Clark's Place
Plastics recycling – it’s a mess
I’ve spent the past few weeks talking to plastics recyclers and the overall picture for the sector is generally pretty upbeat. Everyone wants it to succeed – there’s a will, there’s a way… but there’s still not enough momentum. ...more

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