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Zeon Corporation and Sumitomo Chemical Company announced that they have reached a basic agreement to commence a joint study on the possible consolidation of both companies' S-SBR businesses.

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At the K show the German injection moulding machine manufacturer LWB-Steinl introduces, as main innovation, the new FlexEvo machine control, which is said to set new standards in operating logic and process precision. 

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Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Sri Lanka Tire Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2021" report to their offering.

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On 9 August 2016 the Dätwyler Holding AG signed an agreement to take over the German company Ott (which consists of Ott GmbH & Co. KG and Ott Geschäftsführungs GmbH). The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

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Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) has announced completion of its leading-edge polyethylene pilot plant at its research and technology facility in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

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The Hamburg-based German company Weber & Schaer GmbH & Co. KG announced that it will take over the plastics distributor Polymer Service PSG GmbH, Buchholz, Germany, in two stages by the end of 2018. Weber & Schaer is thereby strengthening its position in the areas of thermoplastic raw materials and additives for the plastics industry. Financial details were not disclosed.

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China must shut down outmoded facilities, consolidate production and reduce pollution to increase the competitiveness of its petrochemical industry, according to a guideline issued in Beijing Wednesday (3 Aug 2016).

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TechnoBiz Europe has issued a “Call for Papers” for the third Europe Rubber Industry Forum – ERIF, which will be held from 9 – 10 May 2017 at the Gartenhotel Altmannsdorf in Vienna, Austria. The theme of this event will be “All about Rubber Compounding”. The conference language is English. The organiser is inviting prospective presenters to submit an abstract on latest technological developments in the area of rubber compounding. Focused topics are:

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The Elastomer Training Action Group (ELTAG) has confirmed to start an expanded rubber technology training course in autumn 2016.

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Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) and an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) are considering the potential development of a jointly owned petrochemical complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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Supermax Corp Bhd, one of the world’s top four rubber glove producers, will allocate more than RM2.4 billion on capital expenditure (capex) over the next 10 to 15 years to bolster its glove and contact lens manufacturing operations, according to group managing director Datuk Seri Stanley Thai.

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