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The developer of injection moulded structural electronics (IMSE) solutions TactoTek has opened sales and business development operations in Mexico with representatives in Monterrey and San Luis Potosí. The Finnish company is partnering with the Prolamsa Group to develop the Mexico IMSE market. Taktotek sees the trend that for many global OEMs, operations in Mexico are evolving from being primarily a manufacturing destination, to including product design and engineering.

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There are various beneficial applications of carbon blacks in thermoplastics - they can contribute colour, opacity, electrical conductivity and protection from ultra-violet degradation to the thermoplastic materials. Thermax medium thermal carbon black (N990), supplied by Cancarb, are proven fillers for thermoplastics and provide low viscosity concentrates and compounds with high volume resistivity which makes then useful in many applications including low voltage cables and films.

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Teknor Apex offers new Sarlink TPV grades specifically for the production of low-density foams. These TPVs are said to exhibit the high resilience required for door and window seals and provide alternatives to widely used polyurethane foams. Available from 40 to 70 Shore A, the Sarlink 8100 series can be foamed to a density of 0.20 g/cm3 range, which is comparable to those of PU foam used in door seals but is difficult to achieve with standard TPEs.

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Kuraray Co., Ltd., PTT Global Chemical Public Company Ltd., and Sumitomo Corporation have announced their decision to establish a JV in Thailand for the production of butadiene derivatives. With Hemaraj Eastern Industrial Estate (Map Ta Phut Complex), Rayong in Thailand, as the candidate of the production site, the JV is scheduled to manufacture and sell high heat resistant polyamide-9T (PA9T) and hydrogenated styrenic block copolymers (HSBC). The name of the JV will be Kuraray GC Advanced Materials Co., Ltd. Kuraray holds a majority share of 53.3 %, while PTT and Sumitomo hold minority shares of 33.4 % and 13.3 % respectively.

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Already for the seventh time Desma Schuhmaschinen GmbH invites to its house fair on Wednesday, 19 September and Thursday, 20 September 2018. Every two years, international shoe manufacturers and suppliers meet up at the headquarters of the shoe machinery manufacturer in Achim near Bremen, Germany.

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Lubrizol, a Berkshire Hathaway company, celebrated its 90th anniversary on 28 July 2018. The company was founded in Cleveland in 1928, moving to Lake County in 1931. The original Wickliffe location remains the site of Lubrizol's world headquarters. Lake County is also home to Lubrizol's Painesville facility. Lubrizol owns and operates 60 manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. The company has approximately 8,700 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2017 were USD 6.3 billion.

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The Dow Chemical Company announced that it has won the “Sustainability Product of the Year” for the second consecutive time in the Business Intelligence Group’s Sustainability Awards programme. The company won the award for Voraguard, a polymer polyol for flexible PU foam mattress production designed to exhibit inherent flammability resistance properties and good load-bearing, in addition to having very low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emission characteristics.

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Davis-Standard will be offering its extrusion seminar “The Basics of Plastics Extrusion” on 9 – 10 October 2018 at its headquarters in Pawcatuck, CT, USA. The two-day class covers the fundamentals of plastics extrusion as well as the composition and properties of various polymers and the mechanics of essential downstream processes. Seminar topics include extruder components, temperature control, maintenance and screw design.

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The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University invites to a symposium on “Reactive Pultrusion” on 9 October 2018 in Aachen, Germany, where specialists from industry and research will present and discuss the latest developments. Dr. Hubert Ehbing from Covestro Germany will be the chairman of the symposium.

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Lanxess announced that it plans to sell its remaining 50 % stake in Arlanxeo to its joint venture partner Saudi Aramco. The two companies, that founded Arlanxeo in 2016 as a 50:50 joint venture for synthetic rubber, signed a respective agreement on 8 August 2018.

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