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Sabo SpA, a producer of hindered amine light stabilisers (HALS), and Ziko Ltd, a supplier of UV absorbers and heat stabilisers, announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership on the UV formamidine class UV absorber Sabo Stab UV1. Ziko has one of the biggest production capacities for the formamidine class UV absorber. According to Sabo, the demand for the product has been steadily increasing and is expected to continue to grow for applications in polyurethane based thermoplastics and sealants.

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Faurecia announced the creation of a global centre of expertise for hydrogen storage systems at its R+D centre in Bavans, France. The company said it will invest in research and development of new-generation high-pressure tanks that are more efficient and lighter, as well as in a test centre to characterise these tanks.

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Sellados Industriales based in Alicante, Spain, is using dispensing technology from Rampf Production Systems for contract manufacturing in the automotive, electronics, energy, household, medical technology, and packaging industries.

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Tim A. Osswald, Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich, Germany, 2nd ed., 2017, 378 p., hardcover (incl. ebook), EUR 90.00, ISBN 978-1-56990-647‑7, ebook, EUR 69.99, ISBN 978-1-56990-717-7

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As part of an organisational realignment, BASF will reduce its workforce by a total of about 6,000 positions until the end of 2021. As a result, the company expects savings of EUR 300 million as part of the ongoing excellence programme, which is anticipated to contribute EUR 2 billion to earnings annually from the end of 2021 onwards.

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Ingeborg Gross, the owner of the Schill+Seilacher/Struktol Group, died on 17 June 2019 following a short illness. According to the company, Ingeborg Gross was an icon at the helm of the group for many years.

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Covestro has signed an agreement with H.I.G. Capital for the sale of its European Systems Houses business. According to Covestro, the sales proceeds amount to a high-double-digit euro million sum. The decision to sell the systems houses was taken as part of its ongoing portfolio optimisation process that includes the sale of its North American spray polyurethane foam systems house in 2017, said the company.

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Christopher L. Jahn has been selected to become the next president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), effective late October 2019. Jahn currently serves as president and CEO of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and will succeed Cal Dooley, who has led ACC since 2008. Dooley announced his retirement in April 2018.

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The K 2019 trade fair for plastics and rubber will take place from 16 – 23 October 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany, where the VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association will be focusing on the recycling sector. A series of interviews will shed light on why it is doing this and the significance of the "Circular Economy" for member companies of the association. In the first contribution, Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of the Board of Management of the trade association, gives his views on the subject. The amount of plastic waste is growing steadily worldwide. In order to use resources sustainably, waste has to be given a value, it ought to be recycled and not disposed of, as is still the case in many countries around the world. Ulrich Reifenhäuser is convinced that there is a need for a comprehensive change of awareness in society. The end consumers need to be educated and informed. At the same time, an appropriate political framework has to be provided. Mechanical engineering supports resource-efficient production and recycling technologies, but brand owners also play a key role in promoting the acceptance of products made from recycled materials.

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BASF has announced the following changes in its management team: Raimar Jahn, President, Performance Materials, BASF Belgium Coordination Center Comm. V., Waterloo, will retire effective 31 August 2019.

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