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Borealis AG and Nova Chemicals Corporation announced on 15 April 2020 that Borealis has completed the acquisition of Nova Chemicals’ 50 % ownership interest in Novealis Holdings LLC.

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Mondi announced that its Personal Care Components team has found a way to convert a production line at its Gronau plant in Germany to manufacture soft, elastic straps which are now being used for face masks and used by medical professionals and consumers globally.

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The Sonderhoff 3E dosing cell for foam sealing, bonding and potting (Source: Henkel / Sonderhoff)

Henkel has presented the new, compactly designed Sonderhoff 3E dosing cell, which is said to stand for an economic, efficient and ecological production. According to the manufacturer, this mixing and dosing system for two components precisely processes liquid, medium and high-viscosity polyurethanes or other polymer reactive materials. Using the FIP (Formed-In-Place) technology, two-component sealing foams, adhesives or potting compounds are directly applied onto the part, precisely and freely programmable, with the CNC-controlled mixing head.

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The Mindelheim-based German company BBG GmbH & Co. KG announced that it is continuing to manufacture, maintain and repair moulds and mould carriers and to deliver spare parts without any constraints despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Notwithstanding the difficult situation, all contact persons are available during the usual business hours under the known contact details. In case of technical problems, employees will help via remote maintenance and, if desired, also travel to customers’ sites for support, said the company.

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Biesterfeld announced that it is expanding its long-term partnership with South Korean manufacturer Songwon. Building on the partners' successful collaboration in the distribution of stabilisers, UV protection agents and UV initiators for plastics and coatings, the portfolio will now be expanded to include the new functional monomers product group. Biesterfeld will be responsible for the European distribution of approximately 20 new products consisting of bisphenol-based monomers and monomers based on diacid anhydrides and dicyclopentadiene-phenol adducts (DCPD) for the production and modification of bonding agents.

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Lubrizol announced that together with Nike, Inc. it is helping protect frontline medical workers fighting against COVID-19. To support Nike’s efforts to develop and donate full-face shields and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses to hospitals across several U.S. cities, Lubrizol donated Estane thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), an important element in both pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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Due to the continuing Corona pandemic Chinaplas 2020 had to be rescheduled again and has been postponed to 13-16 April 2021. The show venue will be changed from National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai to Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Center in Shenzhen. The major global event for the plastics and rubber industry was supposed to open its doors from 21-25 April 2020 originally, and had at first been rescheduled to 3-6 August 2020 in back in January 2020.

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Plastic products which protect are crucial in the fight against the COVID-19 crisis in Europe. Medical devices and personal protection equipment are only the most obvious examples. European Plastics Converters (EuPC), the professional representative body of plastics converters in Europe, advocates that the implementation of the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive should be put on hold until the situation in Europe has normalised.

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PlasticsEurope Deutschland e. V. mourns the passing of CEO Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann who died suddenly and unexpectedly on 17 April 2020. (Source: Plastics Europe)

Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann died suddenly and unexpectedly in his home town Leun, on Friday, 17 April 2020 at the age of 58. With his death, the plastics industry loses a leading figure with great creative power, an innovator and pioneer who was committed to ensuring that the plastics industry was given the appropriate importance at both national and European level.

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The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) is encouraging members of the SPF community to participate in professional development activities during any downtime resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak in the USA. For a limited time, the alliance is offering Exam Preparatory Courses of its Professional Certification Program (PCP) free to SPFA Members and companies with employees enrolled in PCP. Those who don’t fall into either category may enroll in the PCP and get full access to all courses as they are released. All courses are offered in an online format for easy, safe remote access.

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