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Cambodia is seeking Vietnamese investment to build factories that can process rubber, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

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The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) has published the 2017 edition of Worldwide Rubber Statistics, which it describes as the "world's leading source for authoritative data about synthetic rubber."

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The Lehvoss Group, Hamburg, Germany, will be presenting its product lines Luvosint and Luvocom 3F for 3D printing at Formnext, held from 14 - 17 November 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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Aurora Plastics, LLC, a PVC specialist, announced on 10 October 2017 the acquisition of compounder S&E Specialty Polymers of Lunenburg, Massachusetts, USA. The move marks Aurora Plastics’ second acquisition this year and represents the company’s initial expansion into thermoplastic elastomers and further expansion into the company’s flexible PVC capabilities. The acquisition of S&E Specialty Polymers further expands Aurora Plastics’ supply chain and manufacturing footprint across the US and Canada.

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Clariant and Huntsman Corporation jointly announced that they have mutually terminated their proposed merger of equals. The decision was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of Clariant and Huntsman.

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Hartalega Holdings Bhd expects stronger revenue growth this year, surpassing its average year-on-year revenue growth of 28 %.

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At Fakuma 2017, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH is presenting a cross-section of its current portfolio of injection moulding machines. Three machines are being displayed on the company's own stand and a further three exhibited in conjunction with partner companies. Highlights include the latest generation of the all-electric IntElect series, a high-speed El-Exis SP machine for injection compression moulding of decorated thin-walled packaging lids and a multi-component Systec Multi injection moulding machine with an Industry 4.0 application. In addition to the IntElect machine, the latest innovation on show is the servoelectric SDR 5P sprue picker.

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The Hamburg-based German company Lehmann&Voss&Co. KG (LuV) is showcasing the new product line Luvocom 3F for 3D printing at Fakuma 2017. The materials are optimised for use in extrusion-based 3D printing processes – including fused filament fabrication. Support for the development comes from the company’s own pilot plant for 3D printing.

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DowDuPont announced that it will increase production capacity at its site in Shenzhen, China, to meet the strong demand for engineered polymers used in the automotive, consumer and electronics markets.

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Kraiburg TPE is presenting a new series of thermoplastic elastomers from its Thermolast K family at Fakuma 2017 that was specially developed for excellent adhesion and UV resistance in two-component applications with ethylene-propylene-diene rubber (EPDM). The new compounds are intended for automotive applications such as EPDM window trim and sealing profiles with moulded TPE corner joints and end elements.

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