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Radius Systems Plays Key Role In Creating An Industry No-Dig Trenchless Technical Online Guide

25th January 2017

For new installation and rehabilitation of existing water and gas pipelines

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Global Thermoform Packaging Market Expected to Grow by 5.9% Per Year to 2024

3rd January 2017

As Reported By Transparency Market Research

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Global Automotive Market Predicted to Rise from 8.71m tons in 2014 to 18.06m tons in 2022

20th May 2016

As per Global Market Insights Inc. and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Global Composites Automotive Market Expected to Grow to USD 7.13bn by 2022

13th May 2016

As reported by Stratistics MRC and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Polymer Micro Moulding Market Valued at USD 308 m back in 2012 with a growth forecast to USD 764 m by 2019

26th April 2016

As reported by Transparency Market Research and re-reported by plastemart.com

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asdreports.com Values Automotive Composites Market at USD 12.1 bn in 2016

26th April 2016

As reported by asdreports.com and re-reported by plastemart.com

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The Global Market for Bioplastics expected to grow by 14.8% per year to 2020

8th December 2015

As Reported by Allied Market Research and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Global Market for Bioplastics for Food and Beverages Expected to Reach USD 28.5 bn by 2020

1st March 2016

As Reported by Persistence Market Research and re-reported by Plastemart.com

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Worldwide Bio-Based PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) Market Predicted to Grow to 5.8 M tons by 2020

5th November 2015

According to Grand View Research Inc. and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Plastics Post-Consumer Waste Management for Europe in 2014

23rd October 2015

As reported by PlasticsEurope

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Global Plastics Packaging Market to Grow to GBP 240bn by 2020

20th October 2015

As reported by Transparency Research and re-reported by PRW.com

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Northern Ireland Polymers Association (NIPA) in partnership with CITB NI win funding from the UKCES Futures Programme

27th August 2015

To help test, develop and improve innovation and commercial exploitation skills and practices within the polymers and construction sectors in Northern Ireland, through the 'Skills for Innovation in Manufacturing' programme

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Additive Manufacture Grows from Euro 274m in 1995 to Euro 3.7bn in 2014

20th August 2015

As Reported by Wohlers Associates and re-reported by Plastics News Europe

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Global demand for plastic pipe is projected to grow 6.5% a year to 2019

19th August 2015

As predicted by Reportlinker and re-reported by Plastics News Europe

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European Plastics Market Revenues Predicted to Grow by 2.9% Per Year to 2022

17th August 2015

As predicted by Ceresana research group and re-reported by Plastics News Europe

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Plastic Pipe Market (thermoplastic) Predicted to Grow by 5.5% A Year To 2019

21st May 2015

As Reported by MarketsandMarkets and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Northern Ireland Surfboard Manufacturing Company Skunkworks is pitching to expand its business and needs your vote to help.

27th April 2015

The Skunkworks Surfboard CO. vision is to "create the most robust, high-performance soft surfboards and stand-up paddleboards in the world, while making a minimum impact on the environment".

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Global Antimicrobial Plastic Market is predicted to grow by 10% per year to 2020

15th April 2015

As per marketsandmarkets.com and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Global Polystyrene Market predicted to grow by 5.1% per year to 2019

15th April 2015

As Research and Markets and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Global Agricultural Film Market predicted to grow in value by 7.6% per year to 2019

15th April 2015

As reported by Transparency Market Research and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Global Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Market Valued at USD 4.1 bn in 2014

9th April 2015

As Reported by Plastics News based on Wohlers Associates Report

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Medical Superabsorbent Polymer Market Predicted to Grow by 7.5% per Year to 2020

8th April 2015

As Reported by Transparency Market Research and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Reinforced Plastics Global Market Predicted to Grow by 7.6% to 2019

6th April 2015

As Reported by Transparency Market Research and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Bank of England's 'Agents' Summary of Business Conditions' - March 2015

18th March 2015

A monthly summary of business conditions in the United Kingdom, as reported by the Bank's Agents

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Thermoplastic Pipe Market Predicted to Grow by 7.8% per Year

18th March 2015

As Predicted by MarketsandMarkets and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Advanced Polymer Composites Market Predicted to increase by 7.2% per year to 2020

11th March 2015

As reported by Transparency Market Research and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Bioplastics Market Predicted to Grow by 28.8% per year to 2020

4th March 2015

As predicted by Future Market Insights and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Purepipe Invests GBP 250k to Aid Growth

10th February 2015

Purepipe is the composite pipe manufacturing division of Silotank

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Long Fibre Thermoplastics (LFT) Market Predicted to Grow by 7.7% per year to 2020

4th February 2015

As reported by Global Industry Analysts and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Clarehill Plastics Secures Advanced Orders Worth Euro 400k in the Netherlands

3rd February 2015

Clarehill Plastics, who trade under the brand Harlequin, are manufacturers of polyethylene oil, water and waste water storage tanks for the farming, commercial and residential sectors.

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Export Start Guide

29th January 2015

A Practical Guide to doing business in overseas markets

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PP and PE European Markets Predicted to Grow by 7 percent to 2018

13th January 2015

As per Micro Market Monitor and re-reported by plastemart.com

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PS and EPS Global Market predicted to grow by 4.5 percent per year to 2020

13th January 2015

As per Transparency Market Research and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Liferaft and survival equipment company Survitec bought by Onex

12th January 2015

The company with a facility in Northern Ireland that employs around 300 people. Survitec had a revenue income of GBP 230m in 2013/14 purchased by Onex for £450m

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Engineering Plastics Market Expected to Grow by 8 Percent per Year to 2018

7th January 2015

According to Research and Markets and re-reported by plastemart.com

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PMMA Market Predicted to increase by 4.8 percent per year to 2019

2nd January 2015

According to RnR Market Research and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Polypropylene Market Predicted to Increase by 5.8 percent per year to 2021

18th December 2014

According to Ceresana and as reported by plastemart.com

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Bioplastics Market Predicted to Quadruple over the next 5-Years

8th December 2014

According to research by the Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites and the Nova-Institute, and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Encouraging 4% Manufacturing Sales Growth in Northern Ireland in 2013-2014

5th December 2014

According to NISRA's Manufacturing Sales & Export Survey and reported in the Belfast Telegraph

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Bio-based PET Market Predicted to Grow Annually by 40 Percent to 2020

2nd December 2014

According to Grand View Research and re-reported in plastemart.com

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Global nonwoven market expected to rise from USD 26.5bn in 2013 to USD 42.1 bn in 2020

18th November 2014

As Reported by Grand View Research and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Five-fold Increase in the Global Polymer Market in the Last 30 Years

7th November 2014

As reported by AMI Consulting and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Manifesto on the Competitiveness of the Plastics Industry (in Europe)

4th November 2014

Issued by the EUPC (European Plastics Converters) and PlasticsEurope (the Association of Plastics Manufacturers)

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Perceptions that manufacturing is disappearing are "wide of the mark" - according to the UK Office for National Statistics

23rd October 2014

Productivity has grown by 2.8% a year since 1948 even though only 8% of UK jobs are now in manufacturing as compared with 25%, just 35-years ago.

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TG Eakin: 40-Years in Business and Continuing to Grow

16th October 2014

Founded in 1974 the business now employs 280 people with a turnover of GBP 72m

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PS and EPS Market predicted to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% in the period up to 2020

19th September 2014

According to Transparency Market Research and re-reported by plastemart.com

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Smiley Monroe investing GBP 2.4m to help grow the business through export sales

15th September 2014

Aimed at substantially increasing turnover, broadening their customer base and boosting export sales through developing new products, services and growing the company's manufacturing capability

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Click - Unclick Chemistry Appears to allow switching between thermoset and thermoplastic properties

11th September 2014

Based on Research at the University of Ghent in Belgium

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Webtech announce GBP 11m investment with the creation of 35 new jobs in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

9th September 2014

Webtech specialises in the production of labels for the European soft drinks industry and is the largest supplier of flexographic reel-fed labels to the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Schrader Electronics employing 1000 people in Northern Ireland sold to Sensata Technologies in USD 1 bn deal

29th August 2014

Schrader Electronics who produce remote tyre pressure monitoring systems for clients including Chrysler, Ford and General Motors

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The global engineering plastics market valued at almost US$53,581 M in 2013

22nd August 2014

It is predicted to grow to US$79,027 M in 2018, a CAGR of 8.0%

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NIPA 'Export and New Business Breakfast Networking Meeting' and Presentation to John Rainey MBE, Denroy Group - Chairman, for his outstanding contributions to the polymer and plastics sector

21st August 2014

Speakers at the event included: Hugh Ross (Canyon Europe & NIPA), Philip Law (British Plastics Federation), Elizabeth McCrory (UK Finance), Philip Steele (Denman International), Lisa Kelland (GlowMetrics)

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Bioplastic global demand - the US accounts for almost half of the Bioplastic demand with the EU accounting for just over a further quarter in 2013

6th August 2014

Bioplastic demand in 2013 estimated at 1.1 m tonnes and expected to grow to 1.4 m tonnes in 2014

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How Businesses Can Save Energy

30th July 2014

BBC Article First Published on 9th May 2014

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GBP 6.8 million Advanced Engineering Competence Centre to be established in Northern Ireland

17th July 2014

The new competence centre will focus on developing innovative solutions in the advanced engineering sector

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Denroy Plastics secures multi-million dollar aerospace advanced plastic components supply contract

16th July 2014

5-Year supply contract with Texas-based Triumph Aerostructures-Vought Aircraft Division

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Bombardier's C Series order book has grown to 495, including firm orders for 203 C Series airliners

15th July 2014

Bombardier in Belfast designs and produces the advanced composite wings for the C Series aircraft.

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The European Commission has announced that it has adopted proposals, including a landfill ban for recyclable materials.

2nd July 2014

The plans ask Europeans to recycle 70 % of municipal waste and 80 % of packaging waste by 2030, and ban burying recyclable waste in landfill as of 2025.

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DELNI Launches "Securing Our Success" - The Northern Ireland Strategy on Apprenticeships

24th June 2014

With the twin objectives of raising skills levels and driving economic growth

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The global automotive plastic consumption is anticipated to grow from 7.1 m tons in 2012 to 11.3 m tons by 2018 at an expected CAGR of 8% from 2013 to 2018

25th June 2014

Growth rate of the industry is attributable to increasing passenger car production and initiatives by automobile manufacturers towards light-weighting of cars, as per RnRMarketResearch.com

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Another Bioplastic is now food contact approved in Europe

25th June 2014

Driven by increasing demand for packaging made from renewable and biodegradable material

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Invest NI Event - Beyond Operational Excellence

20th February 2014



If you want to improve efficiency, reduce costs, increase profits and develop a winning culture you should attend this seminar.

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Thompson Aero Seating Invests GBP 10 M and creates 85 new jobs

19th June 2014

Thompson Aero Seating designs and manufactures business class seats for commercial airlines

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Whale acquired by US firm Brunswick Corporation

16th June 2014

Whale's long-term focus on research and development will have made it an attractive target for acquisition.

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Denroy Group Chairman John Rainey Honored with M.B.E.

13th June 2014

NIPA extends it congratulations to John Rainey for this achievement in recognition for the significant work he has done in the sector and beyond.

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Wrightbus Open A New Middle East Office

11th June 2014

Wrightbus International - the international arm of Co Antrim busmaker Wright Group - has strengthened its presence in the Middle East region with the opening of a permanent office at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

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Denroy attain SC21 Silver Award - In recognition of its Supply Chain Management Practices and Performance

14th May 2014

This is an external recognition and validation of Denroy Plastic's ongoing commitment to supply chain excellence.

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Bank of England Inflation Report Overview

14th May 2014

Bank of England has published its May 2014 Inflation Report

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Wrightbus creates 130 new jobs

12th May 2014

Wrightbus, the Ballymena bus company, is creating 130 jobs. They will be at the firm's factory in Antrim which manufacturers chassis.

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Schrader Electronics Ltd is investing over GBP 56 million and creating 241 new jobs at its Carrickfergus and Antrim facilities

29th April 2014

Schrader Electronics, a division of Schrader International, is the global market leader in the design, development and manufacturing of remote tyre pressure monitoring systems for the automotive sector.

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Gerry McNally Back from a 10-Day Industrial Trip to South Africa

11th April 2014

Northern Ireland Polymers Association Develops Further Links to South Africa

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Helping Inform Career Advice - Making People Aware of What Industry Has to Offer

11th April 2014

Industry Insight Initiative 2014 - Invitation to Participate

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Science Without Borders - Summer Placement Scheme

4th April 2014

Opportunity to engage a student this summer

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Denroy Plastics Ltd was delighted to host a full meeting of the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment at its Balloo Road site

3rd April 2014

The meeting is part of an ongoing initiative by the Committee to take its meetings outside  Parliament Buildings, and host them in a range of businesses across Northern Ireland

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Denroy Plastics lands a GBP 1m order for the supply of parts for the Typhoon Eurofighter

21st March 2014

Denroy Plastics now manufactures 180 parts for the Typhoon Eurofighter

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JF McKenna Invests GBP 4m To Develop External and Export Markets

10th March 2014

The investment will allow JF McKenna to service a much wider range of plastic packaging for punnets and trays for mushrooms and other food and horticultural products and expand its exports to 75% of its output.

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PrimePac Achieving Efficiency Gains

25th February 2014

PimePac - A Carbon Trust Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme Case Study

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Sepha Packaging Secure Orders in US and India for Seal Scanning Equipment

19th February 2014

Sepha Packaging designs and manufactures high-quality equipment used to accurately detect leaks and weak seals in packaging and in making pharmaceutical blister packs.

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British Plastics Federation - Managing Your Climate Change Agreement Workshops

11th March 2014

Four separate one day workshop aimed at responsible person(s) of facilities holding an  underlying agreement in the Plastics Sector Climate Change Agreement (CCA)

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PrimePac Ltd. Achieving Efficiency Gains

25th February 2014

PimePac - A Carbon Trust Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme Case Study

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Bank of England's February 2014 edition of the 'Agents' Summary of Business Conditions'

20th February 2014

Bank of England's latest edition of the 'Agents' Summary of Business Conditions' - a monthly summary of business conditions in the United Kingdom, as reported by the Bank's Agents

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Invest NI Event - Beyond Operational Excellence

20th February 2014



If you want to improve efficiency, reduce costs, increase profits and develop a winning culture you should attend this seminar.

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Ideas Connected to Business

17th February 2014

Queen's University Helping Connect People With Ideas to People Who Can Turn Their Ideas into Reality

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Manufacturing Northern Ireland - Energy Guides

4th February 2014

Energy Guides on the Manufacturing Northern Ireland website

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Delivered through Invest NI in N. Ireland

Technology Strategy Board Support for Northern Ireland Business - Delivered through Invest NI

3rd February 2014

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) helps businesses grow by providing government with novel solutions to specific public sector challenges and needs.

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PlasticsEurope - "Plastics the facts - 2013"

11th November 2013

An analysis of European latest plastics production, demand and waste data

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Northern Ireland Presence at Singapore Air Show

15th January 2014

Denroy are pleased to announce that they are part of the UK / Ireland trade mission to the Singapore Air Show in February 2014

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Creative Marketplace

6th January 2014

Help in Getting More Creative

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UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) - Exporting

19th December 2013

Bringing home the benefits - how to grow through exporting

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Global Market Survey Summaries

18th December 2013

Reports Resource

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Queens University Seeks Employers for Student Placements

17th December 2013

The School of Mechanical and Aeronautics Engineering has issued a guide to student engagement through work placement and invites Northern Ireland Polymers Association companies to avail of the opportunities offered.

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Growing Consumption in Various End-Use Industries Drives the Global High Temperature Plastics Market

4th December 2013

According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

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Creative Composites achieves TS 16949 Quality Award.

3rd December 2013

Creative Composites supplies high quality composite components to the automotive, truck, bus, vending and construction sectors.

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Whale's Award Winning 3D Printing Service

25th November 2013

CIM Ireland Award

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Cogent and the National Skills Academy Process Industries, launches Skillsstore.com, an online tool that helps companies locate training

12th November 2013

Cogent and the National Skills Academy Process Industries, has today launched Skillsstore.com, an online tool that helps companies locate quality assured training for the sector, delivered by a national network of accredited providers.

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PlasticsEurope - "Plastics the facts - 2013"

11th November 2013

An analysis of European latest plastics production, demand and waste data

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Perkins Report - Addressing Engineering Skills & Talent

4th November 2013

Employers, educators and engineering professionals called on to encourage more people into engineering careers

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Changes to the Climate Change Levy

29th October 2013

Phase 2 of the CRC scheme starts April 2014. Changes from Phase 1 and how it may impact you

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BPF Packaging Bulletin - 28th October 2013

28th October 2013

British Plastics Federation's Packaging Bulletin

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Does the UK Polymer Processing Industry Need Government Support?

17th July 2013

How can we get government to put more resource into our industry, and help you and your company deliver?

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Nominations Sought for Prestigious Polymers Apprenticeship Award

15th July 2013

The Worshipful Company of Horners and Cogent Gold Standard Polymer Apprentice of the year is a prestigious award to recognise the commitment and drive of young apprentices in the Polymer industry.

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Save the Date! 3rd EU-US eHealth Business Marketplace & Conference scheduled for October 2013

4th July 2013

Global connected health innovators, public officials and business leaders will convene for the 3rd EU-US eHealth Business Marketplace and Conference October 22nd-23rd, 2013.

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Major Expansion for Tyrone Packaging firm

11th June 2013

Latest investment follows a steady trend of growth for Greiner Packaging

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Greiner Packaging Delighted to Receive Investors in People Award

10th June 2013

Greiner Packaging is among 30 companies to scoop the coveted employment award

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Dungannon Integrated College gets free heating all year round

10th June 2013

Greiner Packaging's Energy Conversation Strategy gives a neighbouring school a huge boost.

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Boris Johnson opens Wrightbus plant in County Antrim

10th May 2013

The London mayor, Boris Johnson, has opened a new Wrightbus plant in Northern Ireland (photo credit: BBC News Northern Ireland)

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Start Building Your Dream Team at Co-Founders Wanted!

15th April 2013

Co-Founders Wanted supports the development of strong founding teams for Northern Ireland's most innovative start-ups.

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Longstone Special School, sponsored by Denroy Plastics, win rocket challenge for 2nd year in a row!

22nd March 2013

Longstone Special School in Dundonald has gone one better in this year's NI Schools Rocketry Final and won again, for the second year in a row! Now they plan to go all the way to the Paris Air Show.

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Green Future for Northern Ireland's Plastics Industry

13th March 2013

Representatives from Northern Ireland's plastics and composites industry were welcomed to Stormont by the province's Private Secretary for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

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Presentations and Pictures from Stormont Breakfast Meeting, March 2013

8th March 2013

Presentations from March's Breakfast Meeting are now available to download

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Creative Composites achieves TS 16949 Quality Award

1st March 2013

Creative Composites, the UK's most advanced composites manufacturer, demonstrated their commitment to providing the highest levels of customer service by achieving accreditation to the TS 16949 global automotive quality standard.

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Creative Composites meets HRH Duke of York

28th February 2013

HRH The Duke of York visited Belfast on 29th January and attended an exhibition to mark the opening of 'The Museum of Here and Now' within the Northern Ireland Science Park, Belfast.

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M&C Energy Group rebranded to Schneider Electric

15th February 2013

As of today M&C Energy Group, the world-leading, Scottish-headquartered energy consultancy will become branded under the world-renowned Schneider Electric livery.

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Caterpillar to Create 200 Belfast Jobs

14th February 2013

Manufacturer Caterpillar is to create 200 new jobs in west Belfast.

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2013 UK Life Science Skills Awards: nominate your stars now!

8th February 2013

Calling all employers and providers, universities and colleges...

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BPF Press Release 30th January 2013

30th January 2013

Energy Policy a "Sticking Plaster", says Plastics Federation President

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The InnovateUs Programme

30th January 2013

A DEL funded programme providing up to 15 days time of an industry professional at a local College at no cost to the employer.

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Wired Magazine: Polymer film converts water vapour to electricity

18th January 2013

Biotechnology engineers at MIT have created a polymer film capable of generating electricity by harnessing the power of water vapour.

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Photos from NIPA AGM, November 2012

7th January 2013

See photographs from our Annual General Meeting, held on 29th November 2012.

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Cherry Plastics Act as Environmental Case Study

6th December 2012

Cherry Plastics has been acting as a case study for the Sustainable Together Through Environmental Management programme (STEM).

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Employment support for FG Wilson Engineers

1st November 2012

NIPA as an industry body and its wider polymers networks has been investigating the possibility of supporting FG Wilson engineers through specific skills sets within our industry.

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Employing the Right People through Invest NI: Creative Composites Casestudy

31st October 2012

Creative Composites talk about how Invest NI helped them employ the right people

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Opportunity to meet UKTI Commercial Officers with Aerospace, Automotive and other Engineering, Manufacturing and Transport responsibilities

26th October 2012

The UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Commercial Officers from Brazil, China, India, Mexico and Russia will attend The Advanced Engineering UK 2012 Group of Events on Wednesday 07 November, NEC Birmingham, and are eager to meet UK companies interested in exporting to their market.

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Photos from Plastic Contact Materials in the Food Industry Seminar

18th October 2012

Photos from the Plastic Contact Materials in the Food Industry seminar held on 18th of October can now be viewed here.

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Belfast Metropolitan College opens new E3 Innovation Centre in Belfast

17th October 2012

Belfast Met has unveiled an £18 million boost to the North and West Belfast economy in the form of its high-spec, ultra high-tech 'e3' economic development building.

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Employer Skills Clinics

15th October 2012

The National Skills Academy Process Industries (the Academy) is proposing to hold a number of Employer Skills Clinics throughout the UK, for a 12-month period starting from Q4 2012.

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Creative Composites Invests in Quality

12th October 2012

Creative Composites has officially opened a new state-of-the-art quality laboratory at its manufacturing facility in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

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Creative Composites invests in state of the art CNC trimming Centre

18th April 2012

Investment in a state of the art 5 axis CNC trimming Centre as part of the company's £1.5m expansion programme

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Northern Ireland Polymers Industry Goes Global

4th November 2011

One of Northern Ireland's largest manufacturing sectors launched their future outlook entitled 'Our members are the forefront of global polymers' at a recent event at Belfast Castle.

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Polymer Industry Annual Report

1st November 2011

Cogent has published its Annual Report for the Polymer Industry.

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Educator of the Year Award

13th December 2011

Senior academic from Queen's has become the first European academic to win an Educator of the Year Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

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Creative Composites Unveils Factory Extension

27th October 2011

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today officially opened Creative Composites' new factory extension in Lisburn and announced that the company has created 30 new jobs.

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Primepac enter a collaboration deal with Cherry Polymers

7th October 2011

Primepac enter a collaboration deal with Cherry Polymers which will see recycled high density polyethylene being  re-used in retail packaging.

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Women and Work Programme

7th October 2011

The Cogent SSC Women and Work programme is a successful and established initiative for the science - using industries to support the skills development of women, particularly into non-traditional technical roles*. Employers are encouraged to review the skills development needs of their business and where a skills gap or a career progression opportunity is identified among female staff they may be eligible for a maximum £600 grant (per person) for their development.

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Boomer Plastics in new export business in Saudi Arabia

4th October 2011

Boomer Industries in Lisburn has won significant business from a new customer in Saudi Arabia for its PVC products including pre-hung door systems.

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Cherry Pipes/Polymer Processing Research Centre KTP nominated for Best UK KTP at Awards ceremony in London

5th October 2011

As the winner of the award for Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) for Northern Ireland, the Cherry pipes/PPRC KTP is now a finalist for consideration for the Best UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award.

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