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The cyber security company Kaspersky has a strong interest in supporting technological solutions and innovations that can help remove debris from low Earth orbit and make space exploration safe for future generations. The company supports StartRocket, a startup developing a technology that can clean up space debris, and aims to draw attention to what is a growing problem.

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Engel announced that it will not actively participate in Fakuma in the usual manner this year. The board of management made this decision considering the unforeseeable further development of the Corona pandemic, said the company. In an official statement issued on 8 July 2020, the company explained:

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Kraton Corporation announced that it has joined the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR),  the national trade association representing companies that acquire, reprocess and sell the output of more than 90 % of the post-consumer plastic processing capacity in North America.

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The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) has announced the release of its Natural Rubber Trends & Statistics June 2020. According to the report, the key factor behind the abnormal fall in the prices of natural rubber (NR) since mid-January 2020 is the huge drop in the world demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On 7 July 2020, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag announced that its Management Board and Works Council mutually agreed to refrain from actively participating in Fakuma 2020 – in case the exhibition will be executed this year at all.

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Wolfgang Thomale (Source: Continental)

On 6 July 2020, Continental announced that it is merging its global activities in the special-purpose tyre segment. Effective from 1 July 2020, the business areas of Commercial Specialty Tires, Two Wheel Tires and Hoosier Racing Tire are combined in a new “Specialty Tires” business unit.

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Arlanxeo announced the successful completion of its first 24-hour online Technical Marathon. 24 Arlanxeo professionals deployed an equal number of presentations during a live interactive discussion with an international audience.

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Pexco LLC announced the acquisition of Exlon Extrusion, Inc. Financial details were not disclosed. Based in Greensboro, NC, USA, Exlon is a precision extruder of plastic tubing founded in 1984 by Dennis Swink. The company offers custom and proprietary lines of nylon, polyurethane, polypropylene and polyethylene pneumatic tubing and recoil hose products, all in a variety of colours and sizes, as well as custom extrusion solutions.

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The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on 30 June 2020 issued a “notice of deficiency” on the Abridged Alternative Analysis Report on Two-component Low- and High-pressure Spray Polyurethane Foam Systems Containing Unreacted Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanates (MDI).

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Nouryon announced that it has completed a project to more than double capacity for organic peroxides at its plant in Itupeva, Brazil. The expansion will add capacity for products including methyl ethyl ketone peroxides (MEKP) as well as dibenzyl peroxide (BPO) pastes and waxes.

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