Industry News

A great deal is written in the trade media for the plastics and rubber industry. Our “Industry News” gives compact summaries of the reports that appear in these media.

Overview: Industry News

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AUTONEUM: Mobility competence centre in California / Acoustic and thermal management solutions

17/01/2017

Swiss automotive OEM supplier Autoneum, a specialist in acoustic and thermal management solutions, is establishing a competence centre for new forms of mobility in Sunnyvale, California / USA. With the new US location, it hopes to profit ...
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BAERLOCHER: Installing third metal soaps reactor in US / Rising regional demand for polyolefin and PVC additives

17/01/2017

German additives producer Baerlocher will add a third reactor to its site in Cincinnati, Ohio / USA. The company called the decision a "major capital investment,” although financial details were not disclosed. The reactor, which will ...
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COOLREC: Dutch recycler opens new plant in Emmen / Highly specified recyclate

17/01/2017

Dutch recyclate producer Coolrec has opened a new plastics compounding plant in Emmen / The Netherlands. Situated on the facility formerly operated by bankrupt recycling specialist Plastinum - which Inverko Compounding had ...
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SICOMIN: Suter Kunststoffe appointed official distributor for Switzerland / Agreement applies to entire epoxy systems portfolio

17/01/2017

Epoxy systems manufacturer Sicomin has appointed Suter Kunststoffe as its official distributor in Switzerland. On 1 January 2017, the Swiss company started handling all sales of Sicomin's advanced epoxy systems portfolio in the country. ...
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SOLVAY: Sale of Neolor business to China / Refocus on high-end automotive and electronics

17/01/2017

Belgian chemicals and plastics producer Solvay completed the sale of its "Neolor” business to Baotou Hongbo Te Technology at the end of 2016. Following the divestment, the company said its Special Chem Global Business Unit will refocus ...
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FLOREON: Developing additive for PLA bioplastic / Opportunities in new rigid and durable applications / Patents sought for proprietary formulation

16/01/2017

Floreon, an early stage technical company, has developed a high-performance bioplastic compound that is added to PLA to make it less brittle and four times tougher, opening up new application possibilities. Andrew Gill, Floreon's ...
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KETER PLASTIC: New plant for outdoor products in New Mexico / USD 36m investment

16/01/2017

As it awaits the approval of its recent purchase of plastic storage containers manufacturer ABM Italia - see Plasteurope of 09.12.2016 - Keter Plastic is proceeding with its next expansion. The consumer goods giant in mid-January announced ...
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ZOTEFOAMS: Foams specialist acquires full control of Chinese joint venture / "T-FIT” high-performance closed-cell insulation products

16/01/2017

UK foam producer Zotefoams has acquired full control of its Kunshan Zotek King Lai joint venture with King Lai Group. Financial details of the deal, which was completed in late 2016, were not disclosed. Zotefoams and King Lai first set ...
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ASSOCIATIONS: Simon Storer becomes new CEO of British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers' Association

13/01/2017

Simon Storer has been appointed the new chief executive of the British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers' Association. The industry veteran - whose 30-year career included stints at BACTA, the Construction Products Association and the ...
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PLASTIC FANTASTIC: Eggs à la surprise

13/01/2017

For visitors to the German island of Langeoog the new year got off with a surprise - well, thousands of surprises to be exact. The storm that raged in the region in early January swept ashore dozens and dozens of Kinder Surprise eggs, ...
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