The European plastics industry has set an ambitious target: total elimination of plastics waste going to landfills by 2020. PlasticsEurope, with the support of other representative bodies, declared the industry’s intent last year when it called for a Europe-wide landfill ban. Read more.
The Klöckner Pentaplast Group broke ground on its first manufacturing facility in China on 18 January 2012. Located 80 km west of Shanghai in the Suzhou Industrial Park in Suzhou, China, the new site will produce packaging films for the growing domestic Chinese market. The first phase of production capacity will focus on transverse-direction oriented shrink-label films, used primarily for full- or partial-body shrink-sleeve applications. Klöckner Pentaplast is the only producer of shrink-label films with global manufacturing in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Read more.
Many nations have set challenging targets for renewable energy production, as was evident at the latest global conference on Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture in December 2011 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The UK Minister for the Environment announced potential plans for another 29,000 wind turbines, mainly offshore, and Siemens Energy unveiled its latest 6MW turbine with rotor diameters of 120 and 154 metres. In the same month the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced that more than 1200MW were installed in the United States in the third quarter of 2011, which is more than any quarter since 2008: the U.S. wind energy market has been boosted by the federal Production Tax Credit. In January the Spanish wind turbine company Gamesa announced a new blade manufacturing plant in the emerging market of India. China is a leading nation in windpower and has two new wind farm projects; one near the Mongolian border that has just come online at 300MW and Longyuan Power, which connected 99.3MW in December on the coast in Jiangsu Province. Read more.
Angst+Pfister affirmed its commitment to building a sustainable future through ecologically sound business practices by attaining the ISO 14001:2004 environmental management certification. Read more.