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Coatings maker Hempel makes another acquisition

Global coatings specialist Hempel has expanded its business with the acquisition of Dutch coatings manufacturer Schaepman, and said it will benefit from Schaepman's proven expertise in protective coatings.
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European plastics industry concerned about plastic bag bans

The European plastics industry has expressed concerns over plans to limit the use of plastic bags across the European Union, suggesting that the move might have a negative impact on trade in packaged goods in Europe.
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Researchers in Belgium turn sawdust into gasoline

A new chemical process developed at KU Leuven's Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis converts the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains.
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Seven in 10 supermarket chickens contaminated with campylobacter, UK survey shows

Supermarkets and food producers in the United Kingdom have faced criticism after it emerged that more than seven in 10 fresh chickens on sale across the country are contaminated with campylobacter.
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Ineos plans $1 billion investment in UK shale gas exploration

Chemicals company Ineos said on Thursday that it is planning to invest $1 billion in shale gas exploration and appraisal in the United Kingdom.
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UK retailers address Campylobacter issue

In an effort to reduce the rate of Campylobacter infections, two U.K. retailers are extending the use of "roast-in-the-bag" packaging.
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New Eastman copolyester for medical products could allow faster processing

A styrene-free alternative to high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) for opaque medical packaging has been introduced by Eastman Chemical Company in the European market.
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UK proposes sovereign wealth fund for shale gas revenues

A sovereign wealth fund could be created in the United Kingdom to help protect revenues generated by shale gas extraction, Chancellor George Osborne said on Monday.
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Ineos adds two more 'Dragon' ships for US ethane export

Chemicals company Ineos has ordered another two state-of-the-art vessels to transport U.S. shale gas ethane to its facilities in Scotland and Norway.
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New process improves taste of alcohol-free beer

A new process developed by researchers in Spain helps improve the smell and the taste of alcohol-free beer by adding aromas from regular beer.
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