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New plastics policy welcomed but further steps needed, LGNZ says

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the Government’s proposals to ban products containing plastic microbeads and hopes it signals a new approach to removing plastics from the environment. Minister for the Environment Nick Smith yesterday announced plans to ban products containing tiny plastic microbeads from sale in New Zealand, following the lead of several other countries.Read More

K 2013: Vinnolit presents new paste PVC products

K 2013: Vinnolit presents new paste PVC products

From 16 to 23 October 2013, Vinnolit will participate in the K 2013, the international Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber. Also this year, the focus is on the company’s new products. “Vinnolit is one of the most innovative PVC manufacturers in the world and annually invests around 9 million euros in research and developmentRead More

Saved by the bottle

London 2012: Going green is the new gold

With 10,500 Olympic athletes and 4200 Paralympic athletes competing, an estimated 11 million visitors, 21,000 journalists and around 200,000 staff members, there will be a lot of mouths to feed at the games, which in turn, means a ton of packaging required. With the eyes of the world set on London, the London Organizing CommitteeRead More

MEPs call for more prudence on nanomaterials

MEPs call for more prudence on nanomaterials

The European Parliament, the parliamentary institution of European Union, has recently called for the provision of information to consumers on the use of nanomaterials in consumer products: all ingredients present in the form of nanomaterials in substances, mixtures or articles should be clearly indicated in the labelling of the product (e.g. in the list ofRead More

EC moves against heat stabiliser cartel

EC moves against heat stabiliser cartel

The European Commission has started legal proceedings against manufacturers of heat stabilisers involved in a cartel. It has been investigating cartel allegations since 2003 and now has issued Statements of Objections to at least two companies. The start of the investigations in 2003 saw co-ordinated action by regulators in Europe, Japan, the USA and Canada.Read More

Import duty exemption on naphtha being sought by Indian polymer industry

NEW DELHI: With polymer makers facing a slump in demand and pressure on margins, the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilzers has sought five per cent import duty exemption on naphtha, used in making the chemical compounds stating that the import duty had added to the cost of productionRead More

Profile of the Rubber and Plastic Industry, 2nd Edition -US

Printed copies of this document are available free of charge from EPA’s document warehouse, the National Service Center for Environmental Publications. Be sure to search by the EXACT title or EPA publication number. In addition, you can order a set of Notebooks, which profiles numerous industries and government operations, see Obtaining Copies for more information.Read More