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Lehmann&Voss&Co.’s Luvomaxx group will offer the vulcanization accelerator Luvomaxx OTOS.

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Wickert Maschinenbau has developed an extremely compact, setup-free multifunctional gripper for the handling of multilayer-stacked or chaotically deposited components with layer separation.

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Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) and its consolidated subsidiary Mitsubishi Chemical Methacrylates Japan Co., Ltd. (MCM) have decided to construct verification facilities in Japan in June 2021 to implement verification testing with the goal of commercializing molecular recycling operations for PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate; acrylic resin).

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Chem-Trend, a specialist in the field of release agents, purging compounds and other specialised process chemicals, has founded a subsidiary in the Czech Republic on 1 April 2021: Chem-Trend CZ s.r.o., also opening an office in Prague.

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The article in RFP Rubber Fibres Plastics 02 2021 will explain the chemical constitution of Butyl Rubber (IIR), the resulting chemical properties and describe some of the unique cure properties of this class of polymers and will highlight the versatility of brominated butyl (BIIR).

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Marcel Gruendken, Senior Manager EMEA MD&TS, R&D and Regulatory Affairs, Kuraray Europe, Germany, is going to give a presentation at the Tire Technology Virtual Conference ‘Live’. His presentation “Low-molecular-weight ‘liquid’ polymers – an alternative ingredient” will discuss chemicals and innovations in the tire industry as well as the differentiation of plasticizers, resins and polymers. Co-reactivity with main polymers and interaction with fillers is described as well as Kuraray’s liquid rubber and applications in tires.

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Birla Carbon has launched its Conitnua product line of new sustainable carbonaceous material in May 2021. For the company this represents a ground-breaking step forward in the availability and know-how of sustainable solutions in the carbon black industry.

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Trinseo has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its synthetic rubber business based in Schkopau, Germany to Synthos S.A. and its affiliates (collectively Synthos) for an enterprise value of approximately USD 491 million, comprised of USD 449.4 million of cash and the assumption of approximately USD 41.6 million of pension liabilities. The expected net cash proceeds are approximately USD 400 million after transaction-related costs and taxes. The strategic deal was signed on 21 May 2021.

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UKi Media & Events will hold a Tire Technology Virtual Conference ‘Live’ during two weeks in June 2021. It will take the place of Tire Technology Expo in 2021, which will return 5-7 April 2022 in Hannover with the same layout, exactly as it was run in recent years.

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Seven Fraunhofer Institutes are pooling their expertise in the lighthouse project Waste4Future to develop new solutions for adjustments in the value chains, from the raw material base to material flows and process engineering right to the end of a product's life cycle. In particular, they want to increase energy and resource efficiency in the use of plastics and thus pave the way for a chemical industry that requires fewer fossil raw materials and produces fewer emissions.

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