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The specialist Dubai-based performance materials company Pearl Polyurethane Systems LLC announced that it is accelerating its growth course with its parent entity Pearl Overseas Industries Ltd signing an agreement to acquire the remaining 51 % shareholding in Pearl Covestro Polyurethane Systems LLC. Pearl Overseas Industries will take ownership in the company to 100 %, acquiring the additional shareholding from its former joint-venture partner, Covestro AG. Financial details were not disclosed.

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Marketing and communications company Rubber Heart has launched a new website that is now live at www.therubberheart.com.

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The Munich-based machinery manufacturer KraussMaffei Group is selling its subsidiary KraussMaffei Austria to the Austrian family-owned company Luger GmbH.

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Bridgestone, Arlanxeo and Solvay together have launched Techsyn, a new, co-developed tyre technology platform enabling tyres to deliver unrivalled strength and environmental performance. Transformed from concept to reality in just 24 months, Techsyn was made possible thanks to the cooperation between the three companies and a profound combined knowledge of molecular mechanisms. The platform has the ability to balance a tyre’s performance across rolling resistance, wear and wet grip, and can be further adapted to meet varying needs. The flexibility is made possible thanks to Solvay’s unique advanced silica developments, Arlanxeo’s expertise in developing, manufacturing and delivering novel tyre polymers and Bridgestone’s innovative compound technology.

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Michelin announced that it is launching construction on its first tyre recycling plant in collaboration with Enviro, a Swedish company that has developed a patented technology to recover carbon black, oil, steel and gas from end-of-life tyres. Based in Chile’s Antofagasta region, the plant will be able to recycle 30,000 t/y of earthmover tyres, or nearly 60 % of such tyres scrapped every year nationwide. Work will begin in 2021, with production scheduled to get underway in 2023. More than USD 30 million will be invested in building Michelin’s first new-generation end-of-life tyre processing plant.

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According to Europur, the European Association of Flexible Polyurethane Foam Blocks Manufacturers, every year over 30 million mattresses are discarded in the European Union. Were they all stacked on top of each other, the pile would be 678 times as heigh as Mount Everest. In the Netherlands alone, 1.5 million mattresses are discarded on annual basis. That’s a potential waste pile of 100 times the height of the Eiffel Tower, said Europur.

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Rubber Division, ACS is taking the first step in bringing the industry back together in-person at this event: the Rubber Division, ACS Spring Technical Meeting is going to take place in Independence, OH, USA 27-29 April 2021.

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The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is calling for presentations for the ASC 2021 Annual Convention & Expo to be held at Championsgate, FL (Orlando), USA from 25-27 October 2021. The guidelines and speaker agreement are available at www.ascouncil.org. Deadline to submit is 9 July 2021.

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Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd predicts rubber glove demand to remain robust for the financial year 2021 (FY21) with average selling prices (ASPs) to remain high despite the rollout of vaccines to treat the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide.

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With a new web seminar series, the Elastomer Coffee Talks, Kuraray offers customers knowledge-based insight into innovative elastomer materials. The webinar series will be launched on 9 April 2021. The first edition will focus on medical and pharmaceutical equipment.

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According to a news item published by Arno Schuetze at Reuters on 18 February 2021, Dow Inc has put German infrastructure assets up for sale.

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