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Huntsman’s Polyurethanes division has commercially registered the new legal entity Huntsman (Chile) SpA, based in Santiago de Chile. Huntsman now has South American polyurethanes operations in Cartagena and Bogota, Colombia, in Santiago, Chile, in São Paulo and Taboão da Serra, Brazil, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With the recent acquisition of Demilec Inc., the company now has a total of 17 polyurethanes locations in the Americas region.  

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Huntsman has announced new strategic machinery purchases ahead of SIMAC 2019. The company revealed that it has completed a series of equipment investments to boost the research and development services it offers to footwear producers and their manufacturing partners, worldwide.

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Lanxess has hosted its fourth seminar for the leather and apparel industry from 10 – 11 January 2019 at its headquarters in Cologne, Germany. The event was attended by more than 60 representatives of leading brand manufacturers and certification institutes. In addition to the multifaceted aspects of leather as a material, the event presented the handling of emissions and odours as well as the current legal requirements.

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Askoll is one of Italy’s leading manufacturers of electric two-wheelers. The company has specified the use of Thermolast K from Kraiburg TPE for two precision gasketing applications on the new battery boxes of a growing range of power-assisted bikes and electro-scooters. The company based in Dueville near Vicenza is using the TPE material for an anti-rattle overmoulding of the battery connector and for water-tight sealing of the battery box. Key requirements to be met included a direct adhesion to glass-filled PBT on small contact surfaces.

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Korean tire manufacturers are working on high-tech and innovative products in step with the fast-changing car market. For example, Kumho Tire is developing plastic tires for launching within this year. Tires to which special plastic materials are applied do not become flat and, as such, are regarded as futuristic tires. Kumho’s plastic tire can become the first one of its kind in South Korea if released as planned.

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Ineos Styrolution has introduced a new Styroflex grade for medical applications. The company said that the new grade provides an attractive mix of properties making it ideal for various medical tubing applications – ranging from use in traditional IV sets to more complex multi-layer tubing structures. Key material properties include good bonding performance, good kink resistance and clarity, and the ability to be processed on standard tubing extrusion equipment at superior processing rates when compared to other materials. This combination of properties makes Styroflex 4G80 an attractive option for tubing applications that historically have been developed with different polymers, Ineos said.

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APS Elastomers, a TPE supplier serving markets in North America, has appointed SAW Thermoplastics as its exclusive distributor for the West Coast. Scot Wiesemann, owner of SAW Thermoplastics, will provide commercial and technical support to companies located in California, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Utah.

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In order to regulate the quality of raw materials for sealing applications, there are two important certifications which are valid worldwide but especially in Europe: CSTB and RAL. Over time, CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment) has become the most important certification required by customers.

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Hexpol has acquired the business of Kirkhill Rubber from the founder Edward Reker, his family and co-owners. The acquisition price amounts to approximately USD 49 million on a cash and debt free basis. Kirkhill is a US-based rubber compounder with experience in aerospace, automotive, medical and other demanding industry segments. Most recently, the company has expanded into the fields of silicone and perfluoroelastomer compounds.

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Effective from 1 January 2019, Lehmann&Voss&Co. KG has taken over the business operations of the Osthoff Omega Group, Norderstedt, Germany, consisting of the companies Heinrich Osthoff-Petrasch GmbH & Co. KG and Omega Minerals Germany GmbH, in the course of an asset deal. The business operations of the Osthoff Omega Group will be integrated into the Surface Technology division of Lehmann&Voss. The Norderstedt site will be retained temporarily and the employees will be taken over.

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