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Thursday, 24th July 2014

UK automotive – still performing well
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has reported a ‘robust’ first half of 2014 for UK car manufacturing, with volumes up 3.5% to 791,314 units. ...more

BPF calls for coordinated action on marine litter
Coordinated action is needed to tackle marine litter, according to Philip Law, director-general of the British Plastics Federation (BPF). ...more

How to frame your dragon – in 3D
3D printing specialist, Stratasys, has collaborated with the Stan Winston School of Character Arts to create a 14-foot tall giant creature, which will be showcased at the Comic-Con International 2014 conference. ...more

EU new Italian presidency wants to cut plastic bag use
Amongst the key priorities of the new Italian presidency of the European Union is to reduce plastic bag consumption and boost the green economy. ...more

BASF second quarter figures miss market expectations
BASF has announced a lower than expected 1% growth in sales for the second quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, reporting sales of €18.5bn (£14.6bn) and warns that sales for the full year will be "slightly lower than in 2013" ...more

‘Unknown mechanism’ removing plastic from the oceans
There’s as much as 100 times less plastic floating on surface of the world’s oceans than would be expected given the mushrooming use of the material in recent decades, a new study has found. ...more

Shale activity to shrink Asia’s chemicals crown
US-based IHS Chemical has forecast that global spending on additional chemical production capacity will peak in 2014 at $120bn (£70.5bn) and then will begin to decline.  ...more

National recognition for Nylacast’s apprenticeship scheme
Leicester’s Nylacast made it into the last nine finalists in the apprenticeship and training scheme category of the Made in the UK Awards, alongside Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Steel and FSG Tool & Die, which won. ...more

Champ Chat
Teaching kids about personal finance: a good or bad thing?
With lessons on saving and budgeting set to become part of the national curriculum from September one organisation is helping youngsters get to grips with money and personal finance ...more

Clark's Place
Let’s redefine what ‘green’ means
The problem with the ‘green’ agenda is that it was set in biodegradable cement many decades ago – at a time when ‘green’ meant hemp, boy scouts collecting newspapers and a lentil-based diet. ...more

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