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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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Jeff Uhrig has been appointed as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Novomer, Inc., effective from 18 November 2019. The appointment was announced by Anthony Eisenhut, Chairman and Co-Founder of Novomer. Uhrig will oversee day-to-day business operations and direct efforts to further develop and commercialise Novomer’s catalyst technology.

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Johns Manville (JM), a Berkshire Hathaway company and building products manufacturer, announced on 21 November 2019 that it has signed an agreement to acquire ITW Insulation Systems, a business owned by Illinois Tool Works Inc. that is well known in the industrial industry for its premium, low-temperature polyisocyanurate foam insulations and metal jacketing solutions.

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Elkem Silicones announced the inauguration of a new production line for silicone rubber at its Xinghuo site in Jiangxi Province, China. The new line, with an annual capacity of "two digits thousands metric tons," will help support the company's growth in Asia, Elkem noted. No other details were given.

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Baltic Chemical Plant LLC (BCP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of RusGasDobycha, has chosen Univation Technologies' Unipol polyethylene (PE) process for six new PE reactor lines to be built at the Ust-Luga marine port in Leningradsky region, Russia.

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Medical rubber gloves prices will rise following the government’s decision to raise minimum wages, effective 1 January 2020. In a statement issued on 19 December 2019, Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (Margma) president Denis Low Jau Foo said the latest minimum wage increase for urban workers was inevitable, given the higher cost of living in the cities. He also said it would have a ripple effect on support services such as packaging materials, logistics, chemicals to latex.

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Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP) has inaugurated a new polyethylene (PE) plant in Cilegon, Indonesia. The 400,000 t/y swing PE unit, based on Univation Technologies' XCat metallocene PE technology, includes the production of high-density PE, linear low-density PE (LLDPE) and metallocene LLDPE.

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Evonik announced that it is expanding the production of Rohacell rigid, closed-cell foams at its site in Mobile, AL, USA, due to increasing demand for lightweight construction materials for speciality applications. The expansion is scheduled to be completed by Q4 2020. With this investment, the company will significantly increase production capacity for high-temperature resistant polymethacrylimide (PMI) foams in North America.

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Sika has won the Swiss Technology Award 2019 in the "Innovation Leaders" category. The company received the award for its new adhesive technology used in lightweight construction in the field of transportation. The prize was awarded on 21 November 2019 at the Swiss Innovation Forum in Basel in the presence of 1,000 decision-makers in business, politics, science and the media.

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A collaboration between Dow, Nexus Elastomer Systems and German RepRap enables designers to 3D-print colored parts using Dow’s Silastic 3D 3335 liquid silicone rubber (LSR) and companion colour packs from Mesgo Iride Colors.

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