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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. RĂ¼diger 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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Subject to safeguards to protect occupational health, Fill Machine Engineering is now resuming work at its headquarters in Gurten, Austria. Individual working time models tailored to the situation have been devised for the 900 and more employees.

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According to Covestro, the climate gas carbon dioxide could be used as a raw material for a sustainable vodka or for tangible products like yogamates. Also filters that can capture and store CO2 with the help of renewable energy sources are possible: The start-ups that have applied for the prestigious award for the most innovative use of climate gas at the nova Institute's digitally-held “8th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers” show how carbon dioxide can be useful.

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The JEC Group announced that the next JEC World will take place from 9 – 11 March 2021 at Paris Nord Villepinte. According to the organiser, the coronavirus pandemic is currently affecting the whole world. The health crisis is developing unpredictably every day, leading to longer lockdowns throughout Europe and reinforced travel restrictions all over the world. Unfortunately, this uncertain context makes it impossible to hold JEC World as planned from 12 – 14 May 2020, said JEC Group.

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