Karen was named editor of Plastics News Europe in May 2017. Based in the Netherlands, she has worked as a translator, journalist and editor in the plastics industry for the past thirty years, writing for both Dutch and English language online and print publications. Between 2001 and 2007, she served as chief editor of Kunststof en Rubber, the Dutch-language trade magazine for the plastics industry, after which, preferring to write in English, she moved to PlasticsToday, where she was the European and sustainability editor until 2016.
With the launch of its new Yanfeng Technology (YFT) unit on September 4, Yanfeng, a leading global automotive supplier, is integrating its Research & Development (R&D) activities in the areas of interiors, seating, electronics, safety, and exteriors into a single, global unit focused on accelerating the company’s futuristic automotive interiors concept.
Technology development and renewable chemistry company Avantium, headquartered in Amsterdam, has secured a European SPIRE grant of €6m which provides the resources needed to scale up its new biorefinery process called Dawn and a novel catalytic process for plant-based MEG (mono- ethylene glycol) called Mekong.
The flood of first half figures published over the past week has painted a somewhat subdued picture of the industry’s performance in 2019 thus far. Borealis, however, would seem to be bucking the trend, recording a solid second quarter and first half year, according to the results published 5 August.
Arlanxeo and Dhahran Techno Valley Company (DTVC ) have signed a letter of intent that will see the two companies collaborating on the development of products and applications relevant for Arlanxeo’s elastomers businesses.