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Foam Expo North America 2020, one of the world’s largest dedicated exhibitions and conferences for the technical foam industry, will take place from 24 – 26 March 2020 in halls A, B and C of the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI, USA. According to the organiser, Smarter Shows (Tarsus) Limited, the event is a meeting place for the manufacturers, suppliers and buyers of technical foam products and technologies, offering attendees access to innovative machinery and services from across the entire foam supply chain. Moving into its fourth year, the event provides a unique opportunity to network with OEMs and suppliers and keep up-to-date with the latest industry trends.

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On 19 December 2019, PolyOne Corporation announced that it has entered into an agreement with Clariant to purchase its global colour and additive masterbatch business.  In addition, PolyOne has entered into an agreement with Clariant Chemicals India Ltd. to purchase its colour and additive masterbatch business. The combined net purchase price is USD 1.45 billion. The closing of both transactions is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals and is expected by by mid-2020.

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Teknor Apex has developed a new series of Medalist medical-grade thermoplastic elastomer compounds for overmoulding exhibit strong adhesion to medical grade polycarbonate (PC) and PC alloys and include formulations with enhanced resistance to chemicals encountered in wearable applications.

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South Korea said Wednesday (8 January 2020) it will spare no efforts to revitalize the country's petrochemical industry facing a prolonged slump amid growing protectionism and competition.

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The General Directorate of Rubber announced a joint study on family-owned rubber plantations in three provinces to better understand how growers have responded to the sharp drop in rubber prices over the past nine years. The average cost of rubber has fallen from around USD 4,600 per ton in 2011 to about USD 1,350 per ton in early 2020, according to its report.

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The International Rubber Conference – IRC 2020 will be held under the theme “Sustainable Technology, Innovation and Mobility” from 15 – 17 October 2020 at the Chennai Trade Centre in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The event will comprise a conference and an exhibition. It is being organised by the Indian Rubber Institute (IRI) under the auspices of the International Rubber Conference Organisation (IRCO), an association of rubber societies from around the world which plan the calendar for the annual IRC.

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Safety for patient and user is an essential requirement for medical products, in-vitro diagnostics and pharmaceutical packaging. Subsequently, plastics grades used in medical have to fulfil particular requirements, i.e. constant properties, formulation lock or biocompatibility. Surprisingly, no standard has existed to define the requirements for medical grades so far. This gap has been filled recently by the new guideline VDI 2017 developed and launched by a work group of the German Engineer’s Society (VDI). This article addresses the development of the new guideline VDI 2017 “medical grade plastics” and presents the essential requirements to be covered by medical grade plastics (MGP).

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James Xue has been appointed as Michelman’s new Country Manager for Greater China. Hired in 2017, he has lead the company’s sales efforts over the past two years, developing customer relationships and building its regional sales team.

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Over 70 polyurea industry representatives from across Europe but also the Middle East and the USA attended the PDA Europe Annual Conference and Exhibition from 21 – 22 November 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

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On the back of a positive results season, the rubber gloves sector is seeing signs of an uptick in demand in subsequent quarters, says Kenanga Research. In a note, the research house said the 3Q results season came within expectations with volume growth of 6 % and 14 % recorded by Top Glove and Hartalaga respectively. It said its ground checks showed demand for nitrile gloves is picking up again and players' new capacities are being swiftly taken up. Based on its analysis, nitrile gloves market share could experience 30 % growth in 2020.

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