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Michelin has announced plans to build a new production facility for passenger car and light truck tyres in León, Guanajuato state, Mexico. The first tyres are expected to come off the production line in the fourth quarter of 2018. According to Michelin, the new plant is the group’s 21st in North America and 69th worldwide.

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Orion Engineered Carbons announced that beginning 1 September 2016, it will implement selective price increases ranging from 5 – 8 % for speciality carbon black grades.

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DuPont Performance Materials recently inaugurated its largest engineering plastics compounding plant, located in the Guangming New District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China.

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The Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) announced that the Rubber Production Incentive (IPG) scheme will be activated this month (July 2016) with the payment of 25 sen per kg for cup lump at farm-gate level (50% dry rubber content) in Peninsular Malaysia, 65 sen per kg in Sabah and 35 sen per kg in Sarawak.

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The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, Inc. (IISRP) has elected Arlanxeo USA, LLC as their newest producer member effective 1 July 2016.

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VMI announced that it has claimed a huge victory in its fight against patent infringement. The Chinese Intellectual Property Court supported VMI on all claims and awarded the full compensation requested by VMI to be paid by Shuangjun Plastic and Rubber Machinery Ltd.

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DuPont Performance Materials recently unveiled a new 3D suction blow moulding machine –   model ST Aspi Seco by ST Blow Moulding – at its European technical centre in Meyrin, Switzerland. According to DuPont, the project included the installation of a USD 1.1 million 3D suction blow moulding machine for the production of Hytrel and Zytel blow moulded air ducts, as well as a rubber injection moulding press and moulds for Vamac rubber sleeve and moulded air ducts.

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Kuraray has realigned its distribution channels for elastomers in Europe. As of 1 July 2016 the Japanese speciality chemicals company takes over the sales of its elastomer products previously executed by Marubeni in Europe. A distribution agreement between the Business Unit Elastomer of Kuraray Europe GmbH, Hattersheim, and Marubeni Europe plc, Dusseldorf, was terminated on 30 June 2016.

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Perstorp announced the winner in its Innovation Challenge, a competition launched in September 2015 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Capa caprolactone thermoplastic materials. The purpose of the contest was to crowd-source ideas for creatively applying Capa thermoplastic to address future challenges in this ever-changing world.

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DuPont Performance Materials has expanded the existing distribution agreement for Vamac with Safic-Alcan to all countries in Europe. Effective 1 July 2016, the Safic-Alcan Germany GmbH has taken over the distribution of heat and chemical resistant ethylene acrylic rubber in Germany.

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At the first edition of the Europe Rubber Industry Forum that took place from 22 – 23 June 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany, Dr. Gerard Nijman, Head of Extrusion Technology at Harburg Freudenberger, received the Europe Rubber Technologist 2016 Award by the Rubber Technologists Network for his excellent contributions to rubber technology in terms of industrial research, education and training of the next generation. The forum was organised by TechnoBiz Europe.

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