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On 6 July 2020, Continental announced that it is merging its global activities in the special-purpose tyre segment. Effective from 1 July 2020, the business areas of Commercial Specialty Tires, Two Wheel Tires and Hoosier Racing Tire are combined in a new “Specialty Tires” business unit.

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On 7 July 2020, at a briefing of Congress entitled “Plastic Production, Pollution and Waste in the Time of Covid-19: The Life-Threatening Impact of Single Use Plastic on Human Health,” Plastics Industry Association President & CEO Tony Radoszewski refuted attacks on a material and industry that have played a critical role in the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus.

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Gerald Steinhoff has been appointed as new General Manager of the Hübner Group. He will join Helge Förster (Managing Director, Mobility business segment) and Ingolf Cedra (Managing Director, Material Solutions and Photonics business segments) in the top management team of the global supplier of gangway systems for buses and railway vehicles. Steinhoff will assume responsibility for the financial and administrative areas of the group.

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Hanwha Total Petrochemical Co., a 50-50 joint venture of Hanwha General Chemicals Co. and Total S.A., has deployed a "big-data" system for smart petrochemical processing at its integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Daesan, South Korea, according to Pulse News.

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AMI (Applied Market Information Ltd) has announced the release of its new report “The Global Mechanical Plastics Recycling Industry 2020 – Capacities, Capabilities and Future Trends”. According to the company, the plastics mechanical recycling industry has never been under the spotlight to such an extent as it is today. Sustainability is ever more relevant across all societies and geographies, as a result plastics waste is at the forefront of many regional and national policy debates in the drive towards a more circular global economy. Accordingly, the issue of waste is on the policy agenda of national governments around the globe, with new policies and legislation bringing new targets for the recycling of plastics.

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PTT Global Chemical (GC) signed a shareholders agreement with Dynachem (Hong Kong) Ltd. for a 41.5 % interest in Dynachisso Thai Co. to advance the polypropylene (PP) compound engineering plastic business. Dynachisso Thai, located in the Amata Industrial Estate in Chonburi Province, Thailand, has an installed capacity of 30,000 t/y of PP compounds. The transaction is expected to be finalized in the third quarter of 2020.

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The cyber security company Kaspersky has a strong interest in supporting technological solutions and innovations that can help remove debris from low Earth orbit and make space exploration safe for future generations. The company supports StartRocket, a startup developing a technology that can clean up space debris, and aims to draw attention to what is a growing problem.

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Engel announced that it will not actively participate in Fakuma in the usual manner this year. The board of management made this decision considering the unforeseeable further development of the Corona pandemic, said the company. In an official statement issued on 8 July 2020, the company explained:

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Kraton Corporation announced that it has joined the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR),  the national trade association representing companies that acquire, reprocess and sell the output of more than 90 % of the post-consumer plastic processing capacity in North America.

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The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) has announced the release of its Natural Rubber Trends & Statistics June 2020. According to the report, the key factor behind the abnormal fall in the prices of natural rubber (NR) since mid-January 2020 is the huge drop in the world demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On 7 July 2020, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag announced that its Management Board and Works Council mutually agreed to refrain from actively participating in Fakuma 2020 – in case the exhibition will be executed this year at all.

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