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Friday, 1st August 2014

PRW Online News reports on ‘a great UK manufacturing story’
In this edition of PRW Online we look as Rosti’s £14m investment, new plans for fracking in the UK, recycling proposals for England, how bubble wrap could help saves lives and how to 3D print your own space station… ...more

Expansion among UK manufacturers slowed in July
The Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing Index registered 55.4 last month, the lowest reading for a year and down on June’s score of 57.2.

Brussels clears Ineos/Doeflex deal
The European Commission said it had concluded that the transaction “would not raise competition concerns because the merged entity would continue to face strong competition after the merger and customers would still have sufficient alternative suppliers in the market for S-PVC compounds and its sub-segments” ...more

World’s first fully automated waste sorting plant
Stadler is celebrating the win of a prestigious award for its design and manufacture of a fully automated municipal solid waste (MSW) facility in Norway. ...more

Repak gets into a festive recycling mood
Repak, Ireland’s waste compliance organisation, is sponsoring this weekend’s Castlepalooza music festival at Charleville Castle in County Offaly to encourage better recycling practices at outdoor events and elsewhere

New SPE UK president outlines her vision
Maryann Wilcox, whose presidency lasts two years, said she wanted member firms to be able to access the global networking opportunities that came with being a part of the SPE

EU Commission launches £2.9bn biochemical research programme
The European Commission has launched a €3.7bn (£2.9bn) public-private research partnership, designed to create new ways of processing bio-based materials and which could potentially create biochemicals of value for the plastics sector

Finns create bioplastic from rice starch
The bioplastic creation was reported by Virginia Nykänen and colleagues at Aalto University in their Green Chemistry paper entitled: An efficient and stable star-shaped plasticizer for starch ...more

New tech moulds plastic with consumable liquid
By combining the bottle forming and filling processes into one step, the outfit behind the technology claimed it eliminates numerous manufacturing steps, reducing cost and waste ...more

Champ Chat
Will ministers go on supporting UK manufacturing?
The transitory nature of governments means that unless they get a good run at it things are likely to change as administrations come and go, and often not always for the better ...more

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