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The specialist exhibitions and conferences organiser Smarter Shows announced that Foam Expo Europe 2019 – the region’s only free-to-attend trade show and conference uniting the entire foam supply chain – has disclosed its full conference agenda, packed with exciting sessions, essential information and a stellar line-up of speakers. Taking place 10 – 12 September 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany, the conference covers key industry topics, market trends and regulatory updates, and highlights R+D and innovation in foam materials, technologies and properties.

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Tony Radoszewski has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) effective from 16 September 2019. Radoszewski, a plastics industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience in the field, joins the association after serving since 2006 as the president of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI).

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Bayer and Lanxess announced that they will sell their stakes in the chemical park operator Currenta to funds managed by the infrastructure investor Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). Both companies signed corresponding agreements with MIRA on 6 August 2019. The transaction still requires the approval of the responsible authorities.

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The Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is now accepting online abstract submissions for its 197th Technical Meeting to be held 28 – 30 April 2020 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Cleveland Rockside, in Independence, OH, USA.

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The Japanese Toyo Tire Corporation announced it will establish a subsidiary in Indijia City, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, the Republic of Serbia in September 2019. According to the company, the subsidiary will construct and operate a new manufacturing plant for radial tyres for passenger vehicles and light trucks on a 600,000 m2 (about 150 acres) site.

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Dirk Elvermann, until April 2019 Member of the Board of Wintershall Holding GmbH, Finance, Sales and Commercial, has been appointed as new President of the division Finance at BASF. He succeeds Marc Ehrhardt, who will assume responsibility for the establishment of the new division Global Business Services, effective from 1 September 2019, and subsequently its leadership.

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Dow announced it will showcase collaborative, innovative and sustainable solutions at K 2019 that reflect its changing company culture and brand. The company said it is looking to encourage debate across the industry at the world’s No. 1 trade fair for plastics and rubber.

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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 shine the spotlight on the recycling sector and show how closed loops can work effectively. 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 this interview, Michael Baumeister, Managing Director Technology and Logistics at Brückner Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, gives his views on the topic.

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Evonik said it will vigorously defend itself against the action of the Federal Trade Commission, which announced it will file a lawsuit seeking to block Evonik’s proposed acquisition of PeroxyChem, a worldwide manufacturer of speciality peroxygen chemistries.

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Effective from 1 August 2019, Sucheta Govil has been appointed as new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and member of the Management Board of Covestro. She succeeds Dr. Markus Steilemann, who has so far continued to work as CCO on top of his role as CEO. Govil will be responsible for the three business segments Polyurethanes, Polycarbonates as well as Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties.

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The Commerce Ministry has made rubber and oil palm the top priority farm products for the new government to tackle under the income guarantee scheme. Whichai Phochanakij, director-general of Internal Trade Department, said it is preparing data and guidelines for the income guarantee scheme for five crops, starting with rubber and oil palm, to submit to the new government. The other three crops under the scheme are rice, tapioca and corn.

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