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Boost for UK bioplastics production

UK-based Biome Technologies has been awarded a £150,000 (US$229,487) government grant to investigate a bio-based alternative for the oil derived organic chemicals used in the manufacturer of bioplastics.

Clariant concentrates on Polish addition

Specialty chemicals producer, Clariant, has broken ground on a new plant in Konstantynów Lódzki, Poland, which will commence production of colour concentrates for producers of plastics materials within one year.

Growth dominates Borealis agenda into 2013

Polyolefins producer Borealis continued to deliver strong results in its 2012 financial year, despite a volatile market environment.

Emerging markets keep Clariant buoyant

Specialty chemicals producer Clariant has announced an 8 per cent improvement in full-year sales on the back of its 2011 acquisition of Süd-Chemie and double-digit growth across all regions, except Europe.

Resurgence for North American chemical industry

Abudant shale energy resources have sparked a massive u-turn in the chemical industry in North America, which is now registering a significant upturn in capacity additions. Until recently, ethylene producers in the region had been facing the prospect of production shutdowns.

LyondellBasell benefits from market opportunities

Chemical giant LyondellBasell Industries has reported record income of $2.85 bilion for the year ended December 2012, despite a drop in sales, on the back of strong North America olefins margins.

Touchdown to less waste

The Plastics Make it Possible initiative by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has published a list of helpful consumption tips to consumers ahead of this weekend's iconic American Football Superbowl.

Film festival as BASF ramps up capacity

Chemical giant BASF has increased its capacity for Ultramid B (polyamide 6) film product materials at its Ludswigshafen Verbund, Germany site by 21,000 tonnes per year.

Plastics associations to work together

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) have announced a partnership that aims to increase the value of both associations to their members and increase awareness that plastics materials and products are contributing to a more sustainable future.

Borealis posts solid third quarter

Net profit was up €22 million (US$28m), to €129m ($164m), in the third quarter of 2012 at polymer company Borealis, as the company's base chemicals business and Borouge joint venture continued to perform well in a challenging European economy.

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