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17 April 2014

Test and development lab, Element Hitchin, has completed a proof-of-concept project to design and build equipment for the continuous quality control and repairing of reinforced thermoplastic pipes during the manufacturing process. 17 April 2014

16 April 2014

Janez Potocnik, Europe’s commissioner for the environment, told the European Parliament yesterday [15 April] that plastic carrier bags are a “highly visible environmental problem” and that their over-consumption and littering need to be addressed. 16 April 2014

Researchers at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Kit) and Evonik Industries have developed a self-healing polymer that can fully restore its mechanical properties when heated. 16 April 2014

Challenges and opportunities facing international plastics and chemicals markets were tackled by a trio of top executives at the IHS World Petrochemical Conference in Houston, US. 16 April 2014

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) has taken “a major step forward”, with work now underway on the construction of the UK’s first dedicated ‘faculty on the factory floor’. 16 April 2014

16 April 2014

Research commissioned by the British Plastics Federation's (BPF) packaging group shows that when it comes to the nation’s favourite tomato ketchup, 77% of consumers would rather squeeze it out of a plastic container than shake it out of a glass bottle. 16 April 2014

15 April 2014

A legacy Revenue and Customs debt and the loss of a key customer contributed to the demise of Bourne Technical Mouldings, according to administrator Quantuma. 15 April 2014

Nottingham-based Far-UK has started the development of four processes under the Composite Innovation Cluster project. The company expects to bring at least two to market during its run. 15 April 2014

The European Commission’s plans to cut consumption of lightweight plastic bags are at odds with the principals of free trade, according to an alliance of trade bodies including PlasticsEurope, the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union and the Toy Industries of Europe. 15 April 2014

Inflation reaches a four and half year low as the price of a litre of petrol at the pumps declines, while construction output dipped in February as new work fell by nearly 3% 15 April 2014

Stock in Polypipe went on sale last Friday at 245p a share as the plastics piping group sought to 'take advantage of market opportunities' 15 April 2014

Sacmi has finalised the sale of its plastics division to the New York’s Kingsbury Group. According to the companies, the deal will provide “manufacturing synergies” for the new owner, which has clients including Ford, Chrysler and Whirlpool. No sum was revealed. 15 April 2014

Banbury-based Glazpart, a specialist injection moulder with experience in the windows industry, has completed a two-year, £1m investment programme that included additional equipment and upgraded facilities. 15 April 2014

14 April 2014

Melksham-based Avon Rubber said as a result of strong trading they expect their half year result to be substantially better than in 2013 and believe the Group’s full year adjusted operating profit will be towards the upper end of current market expectations. 14 April 2014

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