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The trade association of the German rubber industry (Wirtschaftsverband der deutschen Kautschukindustrie – wdk) with Stephan Rau, Technical Managing Director, will be the new patron of the innovation forum for end-of-life tyre recycling AZuR (Allianz Zukunft Reifen).

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Eastman Chemical Company announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with an affiliate of One Rock Capital Partners, LLC to sell the rubber additives (including Crystex insoluble sulfur and Santoflex antidegradants) and other product lines and related assets and technology of the global tyre additives business of its Additives & Functional Products segment. The sale does not include the Impera and other performance resins product lines of the tyre additives business.

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According to Messe Düsseldorf, now that the deadline for registrations for K 2022 has been reached, it is clear that the interest taken by exhibitors in the world’s most important trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 19 to 26 October 2022, continues unabated. “K 2022 will again occupy the entire fairgrounds,” said Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf, and added: “When talking to exhibitors we feel that there is an enormous demand for personal exchange on a global level.” 

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On 7 June 2021, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced that it has completed its acquisition of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, finalising the merger agreement made public on 22 February 2021. Goodyear said the combination unites two leading tyre companies with complementary product portfolios, services and capabilities to create a stronger U.S.-based leader in the global tyre industry. The combined company will offer more options across the value spectrum making it easier for customers and consumers to choose Goodyear- and Cooper-branded tyres, said the company.

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The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced a new category for its 50th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event (established in 1970) in the automotive and plastics industries.

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Ulrich Reifenhäuser is now a member of the “Plastics Hall of Fame”. (Source: Reifenhäuser)

Ten leading personalities from the international plastics industry were recently inducted into the "Plastics Hall of Fame" - one of them is Ulrich Reifenhäuser, CSO of the Reifenhäuser Group, Chairman of the Exhibitors' Advisory Board of the “K” plastics show and Chairman of the Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association in the VDMA.

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On 17 May 2021, Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. announced that it has established a new plant in Mexico, the Tapex Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. Monterrey plant, and has started production of the bags that are a main component of automotive airbags in March 2021.

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Elkem Silicones announced that its Saint-Fons plant (south of Lyon, France) has obtained ISO 14001 certification, the international standard for environmental management systems (EMS). The certification comes after an audit in December 2020. According to the company, this environmental approach is part of the Elkem Group's sustainable development strategy. The Saint-Fons site thus joins all the production sites of the company (perimeter 2020) already certified alongside the manufacturing site of Roussillon in France, which is having the dual certification ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 for four years.

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EPDM is used for a very wide range of applications in the automotive industry, e.g., for hoses and seals in the vehicle that come into contact with the aqueous urea solution AdBlue and must therefore have sufficient resistance to urea. Carbon black N990 is often used as a filler in such applications. This study investigates the substitution of this carbon black with a Neuburg Siliceous Earth-based mineral filler.

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Datwyler announced that it is further expanding production capacities for the Healthcare and Food & Beverage businesses as well as logistics capacities of the online distributor Reichelt. The company said this is driven by encouraging order intake and customer demands. In 2021, the company expects to invest a total of CHF 120 million to CHF 130 million. Datwyler said it will invest at least CHF 80 million between 2020 and 2022 in its Swiss plant. With a new competence centre for surface technology, the company will strengthen its position for multi-component parts, which play an important role in systems for electric vehicles.

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