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On 22 September 2020, the ZEBRA (Zero wastE Blade ReseArch) consortium was launched. Led by IRT Jules Verne, it brings together leading players and technical centres around an ambitious project addressing the design and production of the first 100 % recyclable wind turbine blade. Alongside Canoe, Engie, LM Wind Power, Owens Corning and Suez, Arkema is contributing to the development of environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions for wind power with its high performance materials.

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Trinseo announced that it has reached definitive agreements with Tyre Recycling Solutions (TRS) on a commercial collaboration and an equity investment in TRS. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2020, subject to ordinary closing conditions.

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At next year’s NPE2021: The Plastics Show, the Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) will present its inaugural William R. Carteaux Leadership Award to an industry professional who has achieved distinction working for the betterment of the plastics industry.

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Since July this year, Ravago Manufacturing's Steinfurt production site has been certified to international medical devices quality management standard DIN EN ISO 13485. This was announced by the company in late November. The Steinfurt site produces compounds based on amorphous and semi-crystalline thermoplastics for applications in medical and pharmaceutical technology and in in vitro diagnostics. This standard focuses on compliance with regulatory requirements and product safety including risk management. Its requirements may also be extended to manufacturers of the raw materials used in medical devices. Ultrapolymers, a member of the Ravago Group as well, distributes these medical compounds throughout Europe. The compounds produced in Steinfurt complement the range of Ultrapolymers' thermoplastics for this sector which also include polyolefins, styrenics, polymethyl methacrylates, polycarbonates and TPS produced by leading polymer manufacturers.

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Continental is expanding its plastics expertise at three German specialist tech centers in Hamburg, Kohren-Sahlis and Hann. Münden. Continental already operates a number of tech centers in China and North America.

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On 7 December 2020, Huntsman Corporation announced its agreement to acquire Gabriel Performance Products, a North American manufacturer of speciality additives and epoxy curing agents for the coatings, adhesives, sealants and composite end-markets, from funds owned by Audax Private Equity. Under terms of the agreement, Huntsman will pay USD 250 million, subject to customary closing adjustments, in an all-cash transaction funded from available liquidity.

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According to JEC Group, the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic that has been affecting the world's economy since last winter has had a tremendous impact on many major industries, including aerospace and automotive, at the heart of the composites industry. Although the outlooks seem uncertain for the latter, the composites industry has remained resilient and shows strong adaptability during this crisis.

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On 1 December 2020 SI Group announced a price increase for its rubber and adhesive additives. Accoroding to the company, pricing for affected products will increase by 15-20 % effective immediately, or as contracts allow.

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According to several expert projections, the world may produce over 400 million tons of plastic waste annually by 2030. In the face of these forecasts, many brands have committed to increasing the amount of recycled plastics in their products. Avient developed recycled-content materials to enable customers to achieve their goals and add options for the circular economy. The company has launched several new post-consumer recycled (PCR) and post-industrial recycled (PIR) portfolios under the reSound R brand name: reSound R VX TPEs, reSound R ND polyamides, and reSound R PC polycarbonates.

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The Sanitized antimicrobial additives for hygiene function and material protection for polymers will be marketed in Italy now by Ferro-Plast. The additives protect end products from bacterial infestation, growth of algae and mildew, material degradation, biofilms, pink stain, and odours caused by microbes. Applications are in flooring, industrial coatings, artificial leather, roof membranes, pool liners, tarpaulins, and all extruded products.

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