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“2015 European Biopolymer Summit” to be held in London in December
22.07.2015
ITALY
Plastics consumption down in 2014 / Lack of investment / Too many small businesses / Only slight signs of recovery / Efforts to switch to "green" chemistry not sufficient / Study by Plastic Consult
17.03.2015
ENI / VERSALIS
Operating loss in Q4 halved / Demand weakness bites / Intermediates and PE margins improve / Plan to close Porto Marghera cracker put on ice
20.02.2015
YEAR IN REVIEW 2014
Part 1 – Overview: European plastics industry ploughs on / High energy costs and bag bans still an issue / Realities of shale revolution start knocking on Brussels' doors
11.12.2014
ITALY
Petchem industry trying to shake off an uncertain past / Going green / Many obstacles still remain
05.12.2014
ENI / VERSALIS
Porto Marghera cracker to be permanently closed / Conversion to bioplastics hub confirmed
25.09.2014
AGRICULTURAL FILM
Global market to reach 7m t at value of USD 10.5 bn in 2020 / LLDPE most dominant material / China as leading consumer / Grand View Research report
29.08.2014
MATRICA
First biochemical plant begins operations in Porto Torres / Additional downstream facilities set to start up in near future
18.06.2014
CARRIER BAGS
European parliament approves legislation on lightweight carrier bags / Latest legal hurdle mounted / Decision welcomed by European Bioplastics and Novamont
17.04.2014
EVENTS
“7th International Conference on Bio-Based Materials” to be held in Cologne in April
19.03.2014
NOVAMONT
Majority share in Mater-Biopolymer acquired from Mossi & Ghisolfi / Upstream integration through production of “Origo-Bi” renewable polyester used as “Mater-Bi” feedstock / Capacity for 100,000 t/y
05.03.2014
BIOCHEMICALS
European Union established BIO-QED project to drive production of chemicals based on renewable resources
04.03.2014
NOVAMONT
Italian supermarket chain Unicoop Firenze to use "Mater-Bi" bioplastic bags across outlets in Florence and Tuscany
25.02.2014
NOVAMONT
Italian bioplastics producer collaborates with Swedish firms on bioplastic coating for new eco-package
14.02.2014
YEAR IN REVIEW 2013
Part 1 – General overview: US shale gas boom has European plastics players worried / Commodity sectors dogged by overcapacity, insolvencies / Italy goes all out for biopolymers / Mixed picture for European converters
13.12.2013
BIOPLASTICS
Politics of biodegradable plastics misleading? / Compostability only deemed necessary for fruit nets and root balls / Drop-in solutions for better ecological efficiency / Production remains expensive
20.11.2013
NOVAMONT
Generation 4 “Mater-Bi” from renewable oil and sugar / Genomatica process
01.07.2013
PEOPLE
Novamont: Gunter Pauli new chairman
19.06.2013
VINYLS ITALIA
Bankruptcy staved off once again / Ministry of economics roundtable slated for June
30.05.2013
VERSALIS
Ambitious recovery plan for Italian producer / Set to reduce commodity dependency
02.05.2013
LYONDELLBASELL
Job cuts at Italian research centre in Ferrara / Sale of Terni site to Novamont in progress?
28.02.2013
GENOMATICA
First large-scale commercial production of bio-based 1,4-butanediol / Collaboration with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products in the US
20.02.2013
BIOPLASTICS
Novamont-coordinated ReBioFoam project publishes findings / Microwave process to manufacture 3-D components
07.02.2013
VERSALIS
Partnering with US biomaterials group Yulex on guayule-based bio-rubber materials / Projected southern European production plant to focus on medical, consumer and tire industries
06.02.2013
NOVAMONT
Italian ice cream maker Grom switches all packaging and utensils to “Mater-Bi” bioplastic
24.01.2013
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