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Javier Constante, Commercial Vice President, Packaging and Specialty Plastics Business EMEA of Dow Europe, was nominated as new president of PlasticsEurope. He succeeds Daniele Ferrari, CEO of Versalis (Eni), who held this office since 2017 and was elected President of Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) at the end of October 2018.

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Dieter Thewes has been appointed as new Chief Operating Officer (COO) at KraussMaffei Berstorff. In this capacity, Thewes is in charge of controlling and organising all business operations at the Hanover and Munich sites of the KraussMaffei Berstorff brand. Being a member of the management, Thewes reports directly to the KraussMaffei Chief Executive Officer Matthias Sieverding.

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Elkem Silicones announced that it will invest EUR 25 million to build a new Research and Development (R+D) centre at its Saint-Fons site in France for the development of high value-added silicone specialities. Construction is scheduled to start in March 2019. The facility, which is expected to be operational at the end of 2020, will bring together 130 European researchers and will be at the heart of the Chemistry Valley and the Lyon Metropolis.

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The government has planned to allocate another IDR 13 billion in state budget fund to rejuvenate 1,200 hectares of rubber plantations in South Sumatra province next year (2019).

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In response to the European Plastics Strategy, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry SusChem and its partners – the European Chemical Industry Council Cefic, PlasticsEurope, the European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and the European Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform (ECP4) – have issued the new report Plastics Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in a Circular Economy.

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On 3 December 2018, the French Borflex group announced that it has taken over the Mendrisio-based Swiss company Rex Articoli Tecnici SA, a specialist in the design and production of rubber and thermoplastic parts. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Alibaba has told the Rubber Authority of Thailand (RAT) it will provide an auction system for Chinese buyers of Thai rubber in China, anticipating annual sales of at least 200,000 tons. Nakorn Tangavirapat, deputy governor of the RAT, said on Wednesday (12 December 2018) that officials of Alibaba Group visited the RAT offices to ask it to gather and certify sources of natural rubber supply for its online auction project.

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Innovative materials and technology have been a hallmark of all presentations staged at the K trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, the international flagship fair for the plastics and rubber industry. K 2019, which will take place from 16 – 23 October 2019, will also revolve around the key issues of circular economy, resource conservation and digitisation, all of which will be addressed at exhibition stands and by the accompanying programme.

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On 10 December 2018, Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS) announced its incorporation as an independent legal entity and collaboration platform. SCS was founded in 2017 by leading styrenics manufacturers and is a joint industry initiative to drive the shift to a more circular economy for styrenics.

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13. December 2018

Bill Carteaux passed away

Bill Carteaux, President and CEO of Plastics Industry Association, has passed away on 10 December 2018, due to complications from acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

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On 11 December 2018, Continental performed the symbolic ground-breaking ceremony in Pune, India, signalling the start of construction work on a plant to manufacture premium surface materials for the automotive industry.

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