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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.

Company results were helped by price decreases for raw coffee

Coffee and plastics blend for good results

Miko, a Belgium-based coffee service and plastics packaging supplier, has announced a 1.8 per cent rise in 2013 first quarter turnover compared to the same period last year, primarily due to its acquisition of Swedish coffee service company, Kaffekompaniet.

Chris Keller, chief executive of IPEG

IPEG deal aligns auxiliary assets

The parent company of The Conair Group and Rapid Granulator, IPEG, has acquired the assets of Thermal Care, a manufacturer of temperature controllers, portable and central chillers, cooling towers and pump tanks used in heat-transfer applications in plastics processing.

WPG on the right path

Despite intensive pressure on prices, Germany's Weidenhammer Packaging Group (WPG) has reported positive results for 2012, with sales revenues up 6.5 per cent on 2011 at €245 million ($320m).

Polythene UK plants Polyair on market

UK polyethylene broker, Polythene UK, has launched a 100 per cent recyclable, carbon positive material, called Polyair.

Size is everything for new cooperative

UK-based Malvern Instruments and Netzsch Grinding & Dispersing of Germany have entered into a cooperative marketing agreement to develop both companies' business in sectors including pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology, food and surface coatings.

Pan-Asian pigments expansion by Clariant

A pigment preparations plant is to be built in Indonesia in a series of investments to strengthen chemical firm Clariant's support for customers in China, India and Indonesia.

BASF targets performance with European restructuring

Chemical company BASF is to take a number of steps to strengthen the competitiveness of its Performance Products segment, including restructuring the businesses and eliminating about 500 jobs by the end of 2015. The news follows its rival Sabic's announcement earlier this week that it is to cut more than 1,000 jobs in Europe.

Stagnant sales in German packaging sector

Sales of packaging and films in Germany remained stagnant in 2012 on the back of the Eurozone financial crisis and a meagre domestic economic growth.

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