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The German company Gummiwerk Kraiburg GmbH & Co. KG has developed an elastomer-based solution to protect the leading edges of wind turbine rotor blades. According to the company, during their operations, the rotor blades are exposed to enormous loads. The leading edges of the blades, in particular, are subjected to a disproportionate degree of stress from raindrops and other particles.

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CocaCola European Partners (CCEP) said it has decided to invest in CuRe Technology, a recycling start-up that transforms difficult to recycle plastic waste to high-quality recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET).

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Celanese has reached a definitive agreement to sell its 45% stake in Polyplastics to its joint venture partner Daicel for USD 1.575 billion, making Daicel sole owner.

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Lanxess has launched a group initiative for e-mobility, which will manage all activities in technologies relating to new mobility in the future. The new strategy unit will be headed by Philipp Junge, currently head of the Rhein Chemie business unit, as of 1 August 2020.

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Evonik has opened a technology centre for 3D printing in Austin, TX, USA. The site will play a key role in the development of new, ready-to-use materials for powder bed fusion manufactured by the Structured Polymers technology.

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The next Fakuma will take place from 12 – 16 October 2021 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. (Source: P. E. Schall)

The trade fair organiser P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG announced in a special press release issued on 23 July 2020 that it has decided – in cooperation with the exhibitor advisory board for Fakuma 2020 – to "postpone" the 27th Fakuma to the year 2021. The international trade fair for plastics processing will now take place from 12 – 16 October 2021 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. In this regard, the "postponement" of the trade fair is de facto equivalent to a cancellation, because the next Fakuma was already planned for 2021 anyway.

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The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) said it has chosen a group of Japanese companies for its project to develop the world's "most advanced" technology for the production of paraxylene (PX) from carbon dioxide (CO2).

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Cariflex said it will build a new large-scale polyisoprene latex plant at its facility in Paulinia, Brazil, to meet the current strong demand for medical protective equipment.

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Nordmann announced that it is now distributing electronic materials for Momentive Performance Materials Inc. in Germany. According to Nordmann, this represents an extension its existing distribution activities with the US company, which is a leading supplier of silicones.

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Nouryon announced that it will start development of a new manufacturing facility at its current site in Ningbo, China, to produce two key intermediates for its organic peroxides business: tert-Butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) and tert-Butyl alcohol (TBA).

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From 8 – 11 September 2020, the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) will, for the first time, stage the 30th International Colloquium Plastics Technology in a completely digital form, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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