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In Brief; Feb. 23-27, 2009

Window and door profile extruder Profine (Troisdorf, Germany) has just opened a €3 million processing operation in Zaporozhie, Ukraine with three extrusion lines. The plant has a nameplate capacity of 11,000 tonnes/yr. “Despite the current global financial crisis, we are convinced of this investment’s importance since the Ukraine is expected to play a major part in the future of developing regions,” says company COO Achim Judt.


Sartomer (Exton, PA), a producer of specialty resins, has opened a plastics lab at its headquarter to help develop its global plastics business.

A study conduct last year by Consultic (Alzenau, Germany) has concluded that 95% of all post-consumer plastics packaging is collected for recycling and 100% of all post-production plastics waste in the country is in some form reused rather than disposed of in landfill.

The German plastics processors’ association GKV (Frankfurt) is joining the country’s plastics producers (PlasticsEurope), and the producers of plastics and rubber processing machinery (VDMA) to create the WVK as a consolidated organization within the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI), so that it can better lobby the country’s federal government on issues such as energy costs and resource efficiency. The new organization will be introduced on June 18 in Frankfurt.

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