From North America

Sales of PVC are strong, but PP and PS do less well

Marketing - Tuesday, 21 March 2017

In 2016, sales of PVC in the US and Canada rose considerably (+4.4%, taking the total volume to around 7 million tons), while sales of PP and PS saw less marked increases. These figures are among data released by the American Chemistry Council, which, for these materials as a whole, has estimated growth rates of 3.7% and 5.7% for the...

Gefran releases its 2016 results

The board approves the end of year results as of 31 December: turnover and profits up

Marketing - Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The board of directors of Gefran, which met on March 9, unanimously approved the company’s financial statements as of 31 December 2016. These showed a 3.4% increase in turnover, which amounted to 119.3 million euros, with net profits standing at 3.9 million euros. The breakdown of sales by geographical areas showed positive results...

Court of Ivrea

Sandretto is declared bankrupt

Marketing - Wednesday, 15 March 2017

In recent days the company Sandretto was formally declared bankrupt by the Court of   Ivrea. The announcement came following months of waiting after company leaders had filed a request for an arrangement with creditors. This outcome had been requested by the company’s own workers and by union leaders in...

The Arburg Technology Days

Innovations for production efficiency, Industry 4.0 and “smart factory”

Marketing - Wednesday, 15 March 2017

At the Technology Days scheduled from March 15 to 18, 2017 in Lossburg (Germany), Arburg once again presents more than 50 exhibits that demonstrate unique technology, offering an extensive overview of production efficiency in plastics processing. The Arburg Technology Days 2017 offers the opportunity to see more than 50 "live" exhibits...

Three Sipa blow moulding machines at IBG

A virtuous example of Italian manufacturing for the beverages sector

Marketing - Wednesday, 8 March 2017

In the first two months of 2017, Sipa saw its orders increasing by 20% compared with the same period in 2016. The most important contracts driving this increase include one with IBG, a leading Italian name in the beverages sector, which has purchased three rotary blow moulding machines from the company based in Vittorio Veneto (Treviso, Italy)...

GKV figures

2016: a record year for German processors

Marketing - Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Last year, turnover was up by 3.2% on the 2015 figure (which itself had represented a 1.3% increase on 2014), amounting to a value of 60.8 billion euros (compared with the 59.8 billion recorded in 2015). These figures were released at the general assembly of GKV, the German association of plastics processors, a sector that numbers 2,900 companies with a...

Annual press conference of Basf

Turnover 2016: grows in the fourth quarter but decreases on annual base

Marketing - Wednesday, 1 March 2017

In 2016, Basf achieved the growth and earnings goals it set for itself. The chemicals business grew successfully and profitability improved further. As expected, earnings in Oil & Gas did not match the previous year’s level. “As the year progressed, we were able to increase Basf’s growth. Our sales volumes rose from quarter to quarter. Particularly in...

2016: Borealis delivers another record year

A net profit of 1.1 billion euros for a continuing sustainable growth

Marketing - Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins and base chemicals, announces a net profit of 239 million euros for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 242 million euros in the same quarter of 2015. For the full year 2016 the company recorded a net profit of 1,107 million euros, compared to...

New Sepro subsidiary near Zurich

Direct sales and service to support injection moulders in Switzerland

Marketing - Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The robot and automation leader headquartered in La Roche sur Yon, France, Sepro is establishing a new, direct sales and service operation to serve the plastics injection-moulding industry of Switzerland. Sepro Switzerland will have an office east of Zurich, where Thomas Scherz has been hired...

Sidel opens new office in Wrocław

Exploiting the growth of the PET packaging Polish market

Marketing - Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Sidel has opened a new office in Wrocław, Poland, to offer an improved service to customers in the Central and Eastern Europe area. This is part of Sidel’s commitment to better understanding its customers’ products and the markets and value chains in which they operate. It provides the opportunity for more tailored solutions, combining...

Plast 2018

Over 600 exhibitors already registered

Marketing - Friday, 24 February 2017

The first deadline for applications, January 31, registered more than 600 companies which have confirmed their participation in Plast 2018 (the international exhibition for the plastics and rubber industries, which will take place in Milan from May 29 to June 1, 2018), reserving an area about two thirds as big as that occupied in 2015...

Union Ettlinger open house

State-of-the-art technologies for PET processing

Marketing - Wednesday, 22 February 2017

On February 21 and 22 at the headquarters of Union in San Vittore Olona (near Milan), Union and Ettlinger are holding an open house event dedicated to the production of PET sheet from recycled post-consumer bottle flakes. A production line unique in its category is being exhibited live, featuring a corotating twin-screw extruder...