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Friday, 24th October 2014

BASF reports 9% third quarter earnings hike
German chemicals giant expects 2014 earnings to be slightly higher than expected but has reined in its "ambitious" financial targets for next year  ...more

New robotics research centre opens in Leeds
Backed by £4.3m in government funding the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems has what those connected with the project called the “most advanced suite of robotic building equipment in the UK”.

UK economy grew 0.7% in the third quarter
While growth lagged the previous three months the slowdown had been expected, and with some anticipating the figures for the last three months to be weaker were not as bad as had been feared

PolyOne reveals 45% rise in third quarter profits
President and chief executive Robert Patterson pointed out that the third quarter was PolyOne’s 20th straight with double-digit growth in adjusted earnings per share.

Dow Chemical's third quarter sales rise 5%
Sales gains were led by the company’s performance plastics division, up 9% on the same period of 2013 to $3.9bn (£2.4bn), and performance materials division, up 8%

US warns bag makers over biodegradeability claims
The agency sent letters to 15 plastic waste bag companies, warning that their oxodegradable, oxo-biodegradable, or biodegradable claims may be deceptive, since consumers understand those terms to mean the same thing as “biodegradable.”

Exports dip hits UK manufacturing, says CBI
Despite what it called “sustained above average growth” in orders and output volumes being reported by the 448 companies it polled the CBI said the pace of growth was the slowest for a year ...more

Scotland accounted for 21% of UK construction contracts awarded in September
Big ticket projects included the wind farm, while £730m has been set aside for major transport infrastructure projects.

PRW Video News: UK car production, plastics in schools, bag levies and more...
This edition of PRW Video News looks at the latest UK car production numbers, plastics in schools and reaction to the Scottish carrier bag levy ...more

Champ Chat
'The mainstream media doesn't 'get' UK manufacturing: discuss'
Listening to a piece on the ‘Today’ programme on BBC Radio 4 (yes, no Heart FM for me in the morning, I’m afraid) one could be forgiven for thinking that broadcasters had it in for manufacturers in this country

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