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Eastman Chemical Company announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with an affiliate of One Rock Capital Partners, LLC to sell the rubber additives (including Crystex insoluble sulfur and Santoflex antidegradants) and other product lines and related assets and technology of the global tyre additives business of its Additives & Functional Products segment. The sale does not include the Impera and other performance resins product lines of the tyre additives business.

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According to Messe Düsseldorf, now that the deadline for registrations for K 2022 has been reached, it is clear that the interest taken by exhibitors in the world’s most important trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 19 to 26 October 2022, continues unabated. “K 2022 will again occupy the entire fairgrounds,” said Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf, and added: “When talking to exhibitors we feel that there is an enormous demand for personal exchange on a global level.” 

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On 7 June 2021, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced that it has completed its acquisition of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, finalising the merger agreement made public on 22 February 2021. Goodyear said the combination unites two leading tyre companies with complementary product portfolios, services and capabilities to create a stronger U.S.-based leader in the global tyre industry. The combined company will offer more options across the value spectrum making it easier for customers and consumers to choose Goodyear- and Cooper-branded tyres, said the company.

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The Australian independent polyurethane systems house Era Polymers Pty Ltd with head office in Sydney announced that it is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2021. According to the company, in 1986 George Papamanuel had the dream of owning his own polyurethane business. With the support of his wife Tina Papamanuel, hard work and determination, he realised that dream. George’s business started off small in his garage and he was always pinching Tina’s cooking utensils and crockery to test product.

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Covestro and the Brazilian footwear manufacturer Calçados Beira Rio are jointly developing concept shoes with more sustainable material solutions. An elegant women's shoe and a comfortable casual shoe are used as examples to illustrate the variety of possibilities – from upper to lining, from sole to heel.

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The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced a new category for its 50th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event (established in 1970) in the automotive and plastics industries.

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Ulrich Reifenhäuser is now a member of the “Plastics Hall of Fame”. (Source: Reifenhäuser)

Ten leading personalities from the international plastics industry were recently inducted into the "Plastics Hall of Fame" - one of them is Ulrich Reifenhäuser, CSO of the Reifenhäuser Group, Chairman of the Exhibitors' Advisory Board of the “K” plastics show and Chairman of the Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association in the VDMA.

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On 9 June 2021, Dow announced plans to build an integrated MDI distillation and prepolymers facility at its world-scale manufacturing site in Freeport, TX, USA. The company said this investment supports increasing demand for downstream polyurethane systems products and advances its positions in attractive applications in construction, consumer, and industrial markets that are growing above GDP.

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The Simalfa Competence Center was officially announced and inaugurated on 2. June 2021 during an online event. (Source: Alfa Klebstoffe AG)

Alfa Klebstoffe AG announced that it has opened the world's first competence centre for foam bonding, the Simalfa Competence Center, at its company headquarters in Rafz, Switzerland, on 2. June 2021. Due to the current Covid-19 regulations, the Competence Center was only presented and officially open during an online event.

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On 17 May 2021, Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. announced that it has established a new plant in Mexico, the Tapex Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. Monterrey plant, and has started production of the bags that are a main component of automotive airbags in March 2021.

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