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Friday, 28th August 2015

BPI blasts material producers over force majeures
British Polythene Industries reports first half sales down 5% and adds to the debate around force majeure declarations, suggesting producers had acted in a “very opportunistic manner” to increase prices. ...more

Macfarlane’s first half boosted by deals and organic growth
The packaging firm reported overall turnover for the first six months of 2015 of £78.6m, up 12%, with total pre-tax profits up 52% at £1.85m. ...more

Exports and consumer spending boost UK GDP
Data released today confirmed that the UK economy grew by 0.4% in the second quarter, boosted by what one observer called a “surge in exports”. ...more

Haitian sales hold steady in rough waters
Sales of Haitian’s top-selling servo-hydraulic Mars line declined 6.4% to CNY2.74bn (£378m), while sales of two-platen Jupiter machines leaped 64.2% year-on-year to CNY362m (£50m). ...more

Researchers probe microbes for a future plastics building block
Microbes commonly found in moist, natural environments could eventually be a source of ethylene, the building block for polyethylene resin and many other polymers. ...more

RTP to make and market Solvay PPSU for aircraft industry
A new deal will allow US-headquartered compounder RTP to make and market compounds based on Solvay Specialty Polymers’ (Solvay SP) polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resins for the commercial aircraft industry. ...more

Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers to expand in Germany
MCPP has signed an agreement with Grässlin Kunststoffe to strengthen its network of distributors in Germany as part of its continuing expansion in Europe. ...more

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