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Drumming to the beat with Octavia the octopus at Greensboro Science Center’s underwater themed exhibit (Source: Ruocchio Designs)

Ruocchio Designs, Inc. is a design firm specialising in fabricating high-end museum exhibits, signage, sculptures and more – specifically, large-scale projects that have a high “wow-factor” to them. Their most recent project is an ideal example of this.

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F. l. t. r.: Irina Zschaler and Marco Bröning (Source: Georg Nordmann Holding)

Irina Zschaler has taken over responsibility as Chairman of the Board of the Georg Nordmann Holding AG (GNH). Since January 2019, she has been managing the GNH and its affiliated companies, Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH and Rowa Group Holding GmbH, in an operative matrix structure together with her colleague on the board, Marco Bröning. Whereas Marco Bröning is in charge of the Finance and Controlling portfolios, Irina Zschaler continues to be responsible for the Sales and Marketing portfolios.

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On 6 February 2019, the American Chemistry Council’s Spray Foam Coalition (SFC), the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced a cooperative effort aimed at developing solutions to help prevent subterranean termites from entering homes. 

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Colorite, a Tekni-Plex business, has expanded its portfolio by adding twelve grades to its previously available 28 Cellene TPE formulations for healthcare and a wide variety of other applications. Cellene TPE compounds are available in four series:

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BASF announced that it will present new material developments together with Ultrasim computer simulation, targeted specifically at manufacturing optimised shanks for shoes, at Simac 2019. The international machinery and technology exhibition for shoes will take place from 20 – 22 February 2019 in Milan, Italy.

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Magnus Berglund has been promoted to Senior Vice President VP Strategy, M&A and member of Group Management as of 1 February 2019. The company said that the change is a further step in its focus on acquisitions and to enhance strategic growth in attractive segments.

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LCY Chemical Corp. and investment firm KKR have announced the completion of the previously announced share exchange and purchase transaction under which the KKR-led consortium has acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of LCY. As a result of the completion of the share exchange and purchase, LCY has become a private company and was delisted from the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

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At MD&M West Conference and Exposition, held from 5 – 7 February 2019 in Anaheim, CA, USA, Covestro presented its portfolio of thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU), TPU films, polyurethane-based adhesives and foams, and polycarbonate resins, blends and films, designed for the healthcare industry.

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At two major recent trade fairs for the medical industry - MD&M West in Anaheim, CA, USA, and Pharmapack EU in Paris; Trinseo highlighted its portfolio of thermoplastic elastomers for medical devices.

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Chem-Trend announced the opening of an advanced research and development (R+D) laboratory space in Maisach, Germany, about 25 km west of Munich. The company said the new lab space will enhance its existing R+D capabilities and joins its network of laboratories across the globe. Chem-Trend is a supplier of release agents, purging compounds, and other process chemical specialities.

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