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BASF and Solvay have signed an agreement for the sale of Solvay’s integrated poly­amide business to BASF.

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Kuraray Europe GmbH will highlight its latest developments for the tyre industry at the Tire Technology Expo 2018.

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Mike Dwyer has been appointed as chief marketing officer, and Mike Dauberman has been named as chief digital officer – a newly created role – for Goodyear’s North America consumer business. Both will report to Scott Rogers, who was named president, North America Consumer, for Goodyear.

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The HF Mixing Group has acquired 100 % of the shares of Mesabi Control Engineering, Ltd. in St. Paul, MN, USA.

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Interface Polymers Ltd, a spin-out company from the University of Warwick, has developed an anti-drip additive that is said to improve the performance and longevity of agricultural films, enhancing their cost-effectiveness in a wide range of applications.

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Orion Engineered Carbons announced that it will increase the prices for all rubber carbon blacks globally, beginning from 1 January 2018. The increases vary depending on the grade, the sales region and the end market.

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Effective from 1 January 2018, VersaFlex Inc. and Raven Lining Systems have merged into one company, combining expertise in polyurea, polyurethane, epoxy and cementitious technologies. Financial details of the merger agreement were not disclosed.

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On 6 February 2018, Kraton announced a general price increase of 250 USD/t for all its HSBC polymers. Subject to the terms of any applicable contracts, these price increases will take effect immediately.

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Lubrizol announced that it has selected Simko S.A. as the new distributor for its thermoplastic polyurethane portfolio throughout Argentina. Simko distributes engineering plastics, synthetic rubbers, rubber chemicals and industrial equipment for rubber and plastic industries in Argentina. The company has warehouse and office facilities in San Martin near the Buenos Aires highway network.

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Jeff Downing, a founding member of VersaFlex, passed away on 25 January 2018 at age 71 after fighting for almost two years against the spread of cancer.

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