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Study: Plastic packaging enables significant energy and greenhouse gas savings in U.S., Canada

Washington, 03/03/2014 - A new study has determined that six major categories of plastic packaging help to significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions compared to packaging alternatives made with other materials. The study, “Impact of Plastics Packaging on Life Cycle Energy Consumption & Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States and Canada,” provides a transparent, detailed assessment that quantifies the energy and climate benefits of using various types of everyday plastic packaging compared to alternatives. more...


E-mobility: Japan increases its leadership in industry

Munich/Aachen, 01/03/2014 - Japanese OEMs continue to grow in e-mobility, with Japan hot on the heels of the leaders in terms of new vehicle sales and the technological development of vehicles and functions. These are the results of the new E-mobility Index for the first quarter of 2014 prepared by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen (fka). more...


Social media, mobile come of age with shoppers around the world

London, 24/02/2014 - With consumers increasingly shopping via tablet and mobile phone, over half (55%) of internet shoppers globally say they now buy online because they get better deals than in-store, according to new research from PwC. more...


Study: Little relevance of plastic carrier bags to waste

Frankfurt/Bad Homburg, 24/02/2014 - Consumption of plastic bags in Germany is low in comparison with the rest of Europe. Moreover, bags are often used again and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. This has been confirmed in a study by GVM, the German Society for Packaging Market Research, on occasion of today’s congress of the Federal environment agency UBA. more...


Mobile health shows big potential

Nuremberg, 19/02/2014 - Mobile connected health devices, such as blood pressure monitors and personal weighing scales, are showing strong increase in sales in European countries, despite still being a minority market. According market data from GfK, the number of mobile-connected blood pressure monitors purchased last year rose by 42% across Great Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands, compared to 2012, while connected personal weighing scales rose by an enormous 88%. more...


Economic crime rising globally

New York, 19/02/2014 - Economic crime against businesses and other organisations continues to rise around the world. Some 37% of respondents, a 3% rise since 2011, say they have been victims of economic crime, according to PwC's 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey. And, about 25% say they have been victims of cybercrime, as fraudsters increasingly turn to technology as their main crime tool. more...


SEPA saves €22 billion and unlocks €227 billion in liquidity

Frankfurt/Main, 14/02/2014 - SEPA will potentially lead to €21.9 billion in annual savings and the cancellation of 9 million bank accounts in the European Union. In addition, SEPA may unlock €227 billion in liquidity and credit facilities. These are the key findings of an economic analysis of SEPA. more...


interplastica 2014: Increasing importance of energy efficiency and recycling

Moscow, 12/02/2014 - The CIS market for plastic and rubber products stands for solid business and positive prospects. Despite the dampening effect of political vagaries and the current weakness of the rouble on the demand for plastic and rubber products, the country still has a significant need for investment. Production capacities are being modernized and expanded, particularly in the packaging and medical technology segment more...


Once more slight decline of economic expectations for China

Mannheim, 11/02/2014 - In the current survey the CEP-Indicator of Economic Sentiment for China slightly worsened by 3.7 points reaching a value of 20.7 points. The CEP-Indicator captures the expectations of financial market experts regarding the economic development in China over the course of the next twelve months. more...


Purchasing Managers Index: Eurozone retail sales return to growth at start of 2014

London, 06/02/2014 - January eurozone retail PMI data from Markit showed the first rise in sales for five months. And although only slight, the increase was the fastest since April 2011. Germany was the driver of growth, posting its most marked improvement in trade since August. more...


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The world wide web has continued its ascent in popularity and is considered a must in all spheres of life. It allows businesses to attract custom and new ventures to source financing. Research calls on the input of thousands of online participants. More, accessible information calls for faster and stronger internet connections, and amplus AG is up to that challenge. Nothing less than the cutting edge is good enough for the tech company.

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