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Friday, 29th August 2014

Sovrin Plastics to move to new headquarters
Sovrin Plastics is to move its headquarters into a new £4.5m state-of-art facility neigbouring its existing manufacturing site. ...more

BCC upgrades GDP growth forecast
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has increased its economic growth rate forecast for 2014 and 2015, but has cut its forecast for export growth. In a revision of its previous forecast in May, it has upgraded its GDP growth forecast in 2014 from 3.1% to 3.2% – the highest growth rate since 2007 – and in 2015 from 2.7% to 2.8%. ...more

Cars, drones, dresses get the 3D treatment
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. ...more

NIPA recognises Denroy chairman’s achievements
John Rainey, chairman of the Denroy Group based in Bangor, received a crystal award during a networking event held by the Northern Ireland Polymers Association (NIPA) last week. The award was presented by BPF director-general Philip Law to mark Rainey’s recently awarded MBE and his contribution to NIPA since its inception. ...more

LyondellBasell to build feedstock plant on Gulf Coast
LyondellBasell Industries will build a world scale propylene oxide plant on the US Gulf Coast with a capacity of 900,000 tonnes per year. ...more

California Assembly passes plastic bag ban
In its second attempt of the week, the California Assembly approved a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags statewide, the first such ban in the United States. ...more

Pregis, Sealed Air settle film-foam patent dispute out of court
A couple of US-based packaging companies are settling their patent fight over film-foam underlayment. ...more

Germany's Bolta building £30m US plating plant
A German company is setting up a plastics chrome plating plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US. Bolta Werke said the facility will be its first in the United States for the Leinburg, Germany, firm. ...more

Northern Ireland cuts bag use following levy
A carrier bag levy in Northern Ireland has resulted in a 71.8% reduction in bag numbers in its first year of operation. The 5p levy was introduced in April 2013 and statistics for the year to 31 March 2014 indicate that 84.5 million single use carrier bags were dispensed by retailers across Northern Ireland compared with around 300 million bags in the year prior to the levy. ...more

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