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UK household bottle collections pass 50% mark

The collection of plastics bottles from UK household waste passed the 50 per cent barrier for the first time in 2012, according to a survey conducted by several companies.

Constantia completes Spear deal

Austria's Constantia Flexibles has completed its acquisition of US-based label manufacturer Spear Group, ranking it among the five leading global labels producers.

New York City's Mayor Bloomberg tells residents that if it's a rigid plastic, recycle it

All rigid plastics included in NYC recycling programme

The New York City's (NYC) Mayor office has announced that the residential recycling system is now accepting all rigid plastics - including toys, hangers, shampoo bottles, coffee cups and food containers - due to the capacity at the new SIMS municipal recycling facility in the city.

JV will create third largest PVC producer

Solvay and Ineos have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to merge their European chlorvinyls activities in a proposed 50-50 joint venture with combined sales of €4.3 billion (US$5.6bn).

Mondi cements place in Iraq industry

An industrial bag plant has been opened in Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq, by Mondi Group in order to serve the growing cement industry that is rebuilding the country.

Pregis protects its future with Surface Guard buy

Protective packaging supplier, —Pregis Corporation, has acquired Illinois, US-based Surface Guard for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will add new protective film, cohesive material and single-face corrugated manufacturing capability to Pregis' portfolio.

Equity firm merges five packaging businesses

Five packaging companies owned by private equity firm, Sun Capital Partners, are to combine in order to create the sixth-largest plastics packaging company in the world.

Clariant's chief executive, Hariolf Kottmann

Encouraging start to the year for Clariant

Specialty chemical company Clariant has reported an encouraging start to the year as sales continued to grow and margins remained robust under stabilising economic conditions.

Eco Plastics' Jonathan Short says that the Code of Practice is doomed to failure if firms can simply opt out

UK recycler calls for mandatory targets

Plastics recycler, Eco Plastics, has called on the UK Government to introduce mandatory targets after it completed its consultation on the launch of a Code of Practice for Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs).

Thailand becomes focus of Agr’s Asian business

Agr International has opened a sales and service office in Bangkok, Thailand, to provide a centrally located office for its testing and quality control products over the entire Asian region.

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