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Rampf Eco Solutions GmbH & Co. KG has been tasked to develop chemical solutions for the recycling of building materials in the EU backed project Iceberg. Using solvolysis, the company based in Pirmasens, Germany, is producing recycling polyols from post-consumer PU/PIR waste such as polymeric insulating foams.

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Elkem Silicones announced that its Saint-Fons plant (south of Lyon, France) has obtained ISO 14001 certification, the international standard for environmental management systems (EMS). The certification comes after an audit in December 2020. According to the company, this environmental approach is part of the Elkem Group's sustainable development strategy. The Saint-Fons site thus joins all the production sites of the company (perimeter 2020) already certified alongside the manufacturing site of Roussillon in France, which is having the dual certification ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 for four years.

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EPDM is used for a very wide range of applications in the automotive industry, e.g., for hoses and seals in the vehicle that come into contact with the aqueous urea solution AdBlue and must therefore have sufficient resistance to urea. Carbon black N990 is often used as a filler in such applications. This study investigates the substitution of this carbon black with a Neuburg Siliceous Earth-based mineral filler.

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According to Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, the environmental demands placed on the hydraulic systems in large, heavy equipment can be extreme. Pressure, abrasive fluids, extreme temperatures and dirt can all impact the reliability and performance of the seals used to protect their mechanics. Fortunately for manufacturers producing construction, agricultural and mining machinery – among other, heavy-duty industrial applications – Freudenberg Sealing Technologies’ proprietary 94 AU30000 polyurethane provides an optimal solution – a fact that sealing distributors confirm through increasing sales of this material, said the company.

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Bryan Whitfield (Source: Texon)

Bryan Whitfield has been appointed as new Group Sales Director at Texon, a producer of sustainable footwear components, materials for consumer accessories and performance fabrics. He succeeds Matt Smith, who leaves Texon after almost a decade of successful service. Whitfield will be based in Dallas, TX, USA.

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Datwyler announced that it is further expanding production capacities for the Healthcare and Food & Beverage businesses as well as logistics capacities of the online distributor Reichelt. The company said this is driven by encouraging order intake and customer demands. In 2021, the company expects to invest a total of CHF 120 million to CHF 130 million. Datwyler said it will invest at least CHF 80 million between 2020 and 2022 in its Swiss plant. With a new competence centre for surface technology, the company will strengthen its position for multi-component parts, which play an important role in systems for electric vehicles.

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Change of CEO at automotive supplier Boge Rubber & Plastics: Torsten Gehrmann (left) succeeds Dr. Torsten Bremer (right). (Source: Daniel Meier)

The long-standing CEO of the Boge Rubber & Plastics Group, Dr. Torsten Bremer, will hand over his position to his successor Torsten Gehrmann as of 1 July 2021. As a member of the management board of CRRC New Material Technologies GmbH, the globally responsible umbrella company of the Boge Rubber & Plastics Group based in Damme, Torsten Gehrmann has been jointly responsible for the Boge Rubber & Plastics Group since 1 December 2020. Dr. Torsten Bremer is moving to the Supervisory Board of CRRC New Material Technologies GmbH, which is currently being constituted.

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The World Rubber Summit 2021 will be held as a virtual event from 8 – 11 June 2021.(Source: IRSG)

The World Rubber Summit 2021 will take place as a virtual event under the theme “Facing the Future: Inclusiveness, Sustainability and Growth for the Next Normal” from 8 – 11 June 2021. According to the organiser, the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG), moving into the current decade, the global economy has witnessed one of the worst economic crisis in history. In addition to the tragic loss of life, the Covid-19 pandemic has rolled back decades of progress on poverty and has exposed social and economic inequalities.

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On 29 April 2021, Aramco and Sabic announced their intention to transfer the marketing and sales responsibility for a number of Aramco petrochemicals and polymers products to Sabic, and the offtake and resale responsibility of a number of Sabic products to Aramco Trading Company (ATC). These changes, planned to be implemented on a phased basis during 2021, will focus Sabic on petrochemical products and ATC on fuel products.

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Jörg Bremer, new CFO of the KraussMaffei Group (Source: KraussMaffei)

KraussMaffei has appointed Jörg Bremer as new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the KraussMaffei Group and the Shanghai-listed KraussMaffei Company Limited (KMCL), effective 1 July 2021. Jörg Bremer will also become a member of the KraussMaffei Group Management Board. He succeeds Dr. Harald Nippel, who has the company effective 31 May 2021 at his own request, after six years of successful cooperation.

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