Borealis net profit dips following base chemicals slowdown
Polyolefins and base chemicals specialist Borealis saw net profits drop by 12% year-on-year in its second-quarter results. The firm announced a net profit of €309m compared to €351m over the same period last year.
Solvay doubles carbon fibre manufacturing capacity in US
Belgium-headquartered chemicals giant Solvay has announced that it has inaugurated a new carbon fibre production line at its US site in Piedmont Facility, South Carolina.
Recovering sugar from juice industry to make bioplastics
Four years of research have led to a biodegradable prototype juice bottle made from sugars recovered from wastewater from the juice industry. But will this become a commercial proposition, asks James Snodgrass in this feature for Plastics News...
Some global plastics machine makers see potential in Taiwan
In the last year, European injection moulding machinery makers Arburg and Wittmann Battenfeld both set up technical centers in Taiwan, a small but significant sign of increased interest in the local market on the part of global firms.
Sharp rise in UK rejected household recycling
Rejected household rubbish put out for recycling in England has increased by 84% over the past four years, government figures show.