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Lanxess has hosted its fourth seminar for the leather and apparel industry from 10 – 11 January 2019 at its headquarters in Cologne, Germany. The event was attended by more than 60 representatives of leading brand manufacturers and certification institutes. In addition to the multifaceted aspects of leather as a material, the event presented the handling of emissions and odours as well as the current legal requirements.

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APS Elastomers, a TPE supplier serving markets in North America, has appointed SAW Thermoplastics as its exclusive distributor for the West Coast. Scot Wiesemann, owner of SAW Thermoplastics, will provide commercial and technical support to companies located in California, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Utah.

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In order to regulate the quality of raw materials for sealing applications, there are two important certifications which are valid worldwide but especially in Europe: CSTB and RAL. Over time, CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment) has become the most important certification required by customers.

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Hexpol has acquired the business of Kirkhill Rubber from the founder Edward Reker, his family and co-owners. The acquisition price amounts to approximately USD 49 million on a cash and debt free basis. Kirkhill is a US-based rubber compounder with experience in aerospace, automotive, medical and other demanding industry segments. Most recently, the company has expanded into the fields of silicone and perfluoroelastomer compounds.

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Effective from 1 January 2019, Lehmann&Voss&Co. KG has taken over the business operations of the Osthoff Omega Group, Norderstedt, Germany, consisting of the companies Heinrich Osthoff-Petrasch GmbH & Co. KG and Omega Minerals Germany GmbH, in the course of an asset deal. The business operations of the Osthoff Omega Group will be integrated into the Surface Technology division of Lehmann&Voss. The Norderstedt site will be retained temporarily and the employees will be taken over.

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The speciality chemicals group Altana has invested in the Israeli industrial digital printing company Velox Ltd. Financial details have not been disclosed. 

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Goodyear will invest approximately EUR 94 million to increase the capacity of its Slovenian facility in Kranj. The investment will add 5,400 m2 to accommodate new tyre building machines, increasing the site's overall capacity by approximately 25 %.

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Wacker Chemie AG announced that it will invest approximately EUR 100 million to increase its global production capacities for silicone rubber. With expansion measures at several sites, the company will gradually raise its capacities by a total of 40,000 t/y by 2021.

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Despite an increase in shipments, Cambodia earned less than USD 287 million from dry rubber exports last year, a decrease of 4 percent year-on-year caused by lower prices. In 2018, Cambodia exported 217,500 tons of dry rubber, a jump of about 15 percent compared to 2017, according to a report released by the General Directorate of Rubber. However, the same report highlights that the average price of the commodity fell to USD 1,319 per ton, resulting in a revenue drop of 3.9 percent.

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The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) and SingEx Exhibitions, together with Enterprise Singapore as Strategic Partner, are organizing the World Rubber Summit (WRS) 2019, to be held on 18-19 March 2019 in Park Royal on Beach Road, Singapore. ‘'From Evolution to Revolution: New Paths for the Rubber Economy'' will be the theme of the WRS 2019.

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