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UK legislators debate fracking


January 26, 2015 12:19 pm ET

LONDON — An influential group of members of Parliament has called for a moratorium to be imposed on fracking for shale gas as politicians prepared to debate proposed amendments to the Infrastructure Bill.

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Oxo-biodegradable lobby slams 'scaremongering'


January 26, 2015 12:16 pm ET

Single-use plastic carrier bags made from biodegradable material should be exempted from the government’s proposed 5p-a-bag levy in England, supporters of biodegradable plastic said today.

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W&H buys bigger stake in BSW


January 23, 2015 10:43 am ET

Windmoeller & Hoelscher KG will get more involved in flexible packaging machinery through its bigger stake in machinery maker BSW Machinery Handels-GmbH.

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Esterform buys Constar UK, doubles PET preform capacity


January 23, 2015 10:07 am ET

Constar UK, once part of global packaging firm Constar International Holdings LLC, has a new owner.

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Gurit wins carbon fiber auto contract using new processing technology


January 23, 2015 9:22 am ET

Switzerland-based composite materials group Gurit Holding AG has been selected as the supplier for carbon fiber based automotive body panels at a value of more than 30 million Swiss francs ($34.4 million), calculated on a multi-annual basis.

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Auto supplier Cooper-Standard to trim operations in Europe


January 22, 2015 11:08 am ET

Novi, Mich.-based Cooper-Sandard Holdings Inc. said Jan. 21 it plans to consolidate its operations in Europe, including reducing manufacturing in France and Germany and moving some production to Eastern Europe.

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Hyundai Mobis investing $24 million to expand in Slovakia


January 22, 2015 9:28 am ET

South Korean auto parts maker Hyundai Mobis has unveiled plans to invest about 21 million euros ($24.1 million) to modernize and expand the output capacity of its production facility in Gbeľany, in Slovakia's northern part.

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European study finds 'no consumer health risk' from current BPA levels


January 21, 2015 9:45 am ET

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded there is no health risk to consumers of any age group from current exposure levels to bisphenol A (BPA) after it completed a comprehensive evaluation of data.

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Report: Global machinery sales to India continue to fall


January 21, 2015 9:53 am ET

Difficulties in India's manufacturing sector are continuing to hit German plastics and rubber machinery exports, with sales to India down 15 percent in the first 10 months of last year, after dropping 25 percent in 2013.

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Recycler MTM expanding in Germany, seeking second site


January 20, 2015 9:58 am ET

MTM Plastics GmbH, which produces recycled polyolefins from mixed plastic waste, is planning to invest 8 million euros ($9.2 million) to expand its production facilities in Niedergebra, Germany by the end of 2016.

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