Mourning in the chemical and plastic industry

The founder of Huntsman Corporation died at age 80

Marketing - Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Jon M. Huntsman, founder and chairman emeritus of Huntsman Corporation, passed away today at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, surrounded by family. Widely regarded as one of his generation’s great industrialists, Huntsman leaves behind an extraordinary legacy. He was a pioneer in the chemical industry, having founded the Huntsman Container Company...

The largest shareolder

Sabic acquires 24.99% stake in Clariant

Marketing - Wednesday, 31 January 2018

In recent days Clariant acknowledged the investment by chemical industry peer and partner Sabic, which has acquired a 24.99% stake in Clariant. The acquisition of these stakes, which were previously held by White Tale and 40 North, makes Sabic the largest Clariant shareholder...

Kistler Group

“One step ahead through innovation”

Marketing - Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The Kistler Group posted strong growth in 2017: with a growth rate of 18%, an increase of 17% after adjusting for currency effects, sales revenue in the past year grew to approximately 422 million Swiss francs including acquisitions. Worldwide, 123 positions were created. The year 2018 at Kistler will be marked by digital transformation...

Rubber 2018

A theme zone for specialized operators

Marketing - Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Among more than 1,000 exhibitors applied at Plast 2018, in the related section named Rubber 2018, almost one hundred exhibitors have already joined and their list is available in the online catalogue, selecting the theme section Rubber, while several contacts with renowned companies interested in exhibiting are still in course. Moreover...

Interplastica 2018 and more

The Made-in-Italy rides the recovery wave in Russia

Marketing - Wednesday, 24 January 2018

+109%: this is the increase in Italian exports of machinery, equipment and moulds for plastics and rubber processing to Russia in the first nine months of 2017 with respect to the same period one year earlier, based on analyses of Istat foreign trade data by the Statistical Studies Center of Amaplast - trade association within Confindustria including...

Change of ownership

Plastech acquires majority share in the Kautex Maschinenbau

Marketing - Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Vienna-based Plastech Beteiligungs is the Kautex Maschinenbau Group’s new majority shareholder after acquiring a 74.9% stake. The Austrian company takes over from the previous investor capiton (Berlin), which had acquired its shares in the Kautex Holding in January 2013. The Kautex management team under Olaf Weiland and Andreas Lichtenauer...

Seward succeeds Al-Fageeh

World Plastics Council elects news chairman

Marketing - Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Following a meeting of the World Plastics Council’s (WPC) executive committee in Dubai, Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh (Sabic) announced that James Seward (LyondellBasell) had been elected to succeed him as the next Chairman of the WPC. “The WPC is fortunate to have an exceptionally talented group of visionary executive...

Plast 2018: organization in full swing

Preregistration open

Marketing - Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Visitor preregistration opened on January 15 for Plast 2018, the international exhibition for the plastics and rubber industries taking place at FieraMilano in Rho-Pero (Milan) from Tuesday May 29 to Friday June 1, 2018. By preregistering (on the visitors page of, operators intending to visit the...

Cesap and SSMI

The Six Sigma Management Institute’s first Italian academy

Marketing - Wednesday, 17 January 2018

With the specific aim of seeing Lean Six Sigma methods applied in the chemicals industry and in the fields of plastic, rubber and paper/card processing, Cesap and Six Sigma Management Institute (SSMI), with the support of the Italian Plastics Institute, are launching a Six Sigma Management Institute academy in Italy. Cesap’s commitment to...

Saso rules

New environmental restrictions on exports to Saudi Arabia

Marketing - Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The Saudi government has introduced new and more stringent rules, in force as of December 12, 2017, on all polyethylene and polypropylene products with thicknesses of up to 250 micron (0.025 cm), including packaging, entering the country. With some exceptions for products used in the medical and food industries, polyethylene...

MacPlas: the magazine of Plast 2018

Let’s talk about you!

Marketing - Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Covering for over forty years the field of technical information for the plastics and rubber industry, MacPlas is the house organ of Amaplast - the Italian plastics and rubber processing machinery and moulds manufacturers’ association - and also the official media partner of Plast, the international trade fair which takes place every three years in Milan...

An anniversary and a new extrusion line

Friul Filiere turns 40 and launches Futura40

Marketing - Wednesday, 10 January 2018

On January 17, 2018 Friul Filiere will be 40 years old, and to mark this landmark birthday it is lauching Futura40, a new extrusion line. As explained by the manufacturer, the new solution encapsulates the company’s four decades of experience, whose technological value is reflected in its modern aesthetics, attractive design and “minimal” style. Its...