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22 August 2014

Remarks from Reinhold Festge, the president of the Germany plastic machinery association, the VDMA, made at a press conference in Tokyo turned into sensational headlines in China. 22 August 2014

Burnley’s flexographic print specialist, Learoyd Packaging, has been sold to US-based Coveris the world’s sixth largest packaging company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 22 August 2014

21 August 2014

Britain is exporting cars at a record rate partly as a result of strong international demand for luxury models, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 21 August 2014

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is investing £64m into a new energy from waste plant in Derby. The project is being developed by Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils, alongside sponsors Interserve and Shanks Group. 21 August 2014

The automotive industry’s current favourite target for lightweighting efforts is the powertrain, according to a recent survey. 21 August 2014

Cincinnati-based Milacron plans to invest £18m over the next three years in India. 21 August 2014

Possehl Group’s acquisition of TPS Technical Plastic Systems will bring together companies which specialise in the manufacture of hybrid plastic-metal components for the automotive industry.  21 August 2014

British households saw no improvement to their incomes during August, according to the latest Household Finance Index, compiled by financial data firm Markit. 21 August 2014

20 August 2014

Expectations for manufacturing output growth in the next three months are strong, despite an easing of pace over the past quarter, the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey shows. 20 August 2014

Faerch Plast, one of Europe’s leading producers of plastic containers for the food industry, is set to double production capacity in the UK by early 2015 following the planned installation of an additional extrusion line and associated thermoformers at its Durham-based manufacturing facility. 20 August 2014

The British Plastic Federation’s (BPF) EPS members have signed up to a commitment to product excellence, technical and professional standards and the highest levels of customer care. 20 August 2014

Irish building material manufacturer Kingspan is acquiring the insulation business of US-based Pactiv Building Products for $82m (£50m) as part of a strategic move to gain access into the North American market for energy-efficient houses. 20 August 2014

Bentley Motors has become the first automotive manufacturer to be awarded the triple Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste reduction. 20 August 2014

Australia-based Cardia Bioplastics says due to demand for environmentally friendly bags it has set up a film and bag plant in São Paulo, Brazil, which is due to start production in September 2014. 20 August 2014

19 August 2014

International polymer distribution company Resin Trade has selected polythene bag manufacturer Duo UK to be the first UK-based manufacturer to produce mailing bags using Green PE, a thermoplastic resin made entirely from sugarcane ethanol. 19 August 2014

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