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The Dutch rubber compounder Polycomp has collaborated with the company RIS Rubber to develop and manufacture seals based on perfluoroelastomers (FFKM) for deck hatches of an offshore platform from HSM Offshore.

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Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations announced that it will invest USD 164 million over the next five years to expand the ­capacity of its 42-year-old passenger tyre manufacturing facility in Wilson, NC, USA.

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Sustainable technology companies Anellotech and Suntory, one of the world's largest consumer beverage companies, have entered into the next phase of a strategic partnership to develop 100 % bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for use in beverage bottles.

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CTCI Corp. has won a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract from Sabic for an ethylene oxide (EO) and ethylene glycol (EG) debottlenecking at Saudi Kayan's Jubail site.

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Alujain Corp. announced that its National Petrochemical Industrial Co. (Natpet) subsidiary experienced a sudden "technical problem" on 11 Jan. 2016, which was beyond the control of its technical team, resulting in a temporary suspension of production at its propylene and polypropylene complex in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.

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Trelleborg announced in November and December 2015, respectively, the signing of agreements to acquire CGS Holding a.s. and Standard Tyres Group.

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Major tire makers, concerned about rubber shortages in light of growing demand for tires in emerging countries, are turning away from rubber trees to other rubber-yielding plants.

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Plastics industry growth in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region has been impressive during the last decade, but plastics producers--attending the recent GPCA PlastiCon conference in Dubai--were encouraged to diversify their product portfolio to realize untapped potential of differentiated and specialized higher value plastic products in the future.

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On 10 November 2015, MOL Group commissioned a 130,000 t/y butadiene extraction unit at its site in Tiszaújváros, Hungary.

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Martin Pugh, Senior Vice President and Business President for Performance Materials, has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Trinseo.

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The interior component made of Vestamid HTplus R1033 can be firmly bonded to the exterior HNBR elastomer without the use of an adhesion promoter.

The polyphthalamide grade Vestamid HTplus R1033 from the Resource Efficiency Segment of Evonik, Essen, and a newly developed HNBR elastomer by Kaco GmbH & Co. KG, Heilbronn, Germany, are used in the manufacture of cooling circuit parts installed by renowned automotive manufacturers.

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