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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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18. December 2020

wdk: Taneja new President

Anish K Taneja (Source: wdk)

On 19 November 2020, Anish K. Taneja, President Michelin Region Europe North, has been appointed as the new President of the German Rubber Industry Association wdk (Wirtschaftsverband der deutschen Kautschukindustrie e. V.). Taneja succeeds Dr. Ralf Holschumacher, Vice President Supply Chain EMEA and LATAM Baby Division Newell Brands, who held the position since 2014.

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ER-WE-PA Davis-Standard GmbH announced that SIFEM Electronique will serve as Davis-Standard’s sales agent in France. SIFEM has more than 40 years of experience in industrial projects and extrusion applications encompassing film, sheet, pipe and profile, and wire and cable. As Davis-Standard’s representative, they will be responsible for facilitating direct contact with plastic converters and stakeholders throughout France, specifically identifying converting needs and marketing packaging solutions.

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Body sealing profiles are highly sophisticated in terms of lip forming and overall extrusion process. Especially the introduction of electrical isolating compounds has increased the demands in this area. The work presented in this paper proposes and describes a lab method to get access to the extrudability of compounds by means of lip shaping: the use of a 5-finger die, where the five lips have an increasing degree of difficulty, and also represent the variety of thin profile lips in sealing profiles. The sensitivity of the methodology is demonstrated by applying model compounds derived from ISO 4097 EPDM polymer testing standard. The standard is slightly modified for the curatives and more relevantly for the flow properties in adding a variation of type and amount of white filler into the recipe. On one hand this represents the need of the market for cost effective recipes. But also, the necessity to compound with low carbon black loadings in order to meet electrical isolating properties requires smart compounding with specific fillers. In total, that compounding approach leads to flow characteristics substantially different from conventional compounds, worth to be analyzed. In order to mirror the derived 5-finger die results to other existing methods, frequency sweep investigations by using an RPA on the model compound, a DoE study is conducted. If the 5-finger die results are summarized into a single number (like a cost function) a general correlation to delta-delta or shear thinning of the complex viscosity curve can be demonstrated.

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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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Chem-Trend has launched two new release agents for FRP applications – Chemlease 5127 and Chemlease 5128. According to the company, the two silicone-free, solvent-based universal release agents combine proven technologies with ease of use.

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Nicolas Beyl (Source: Single)

Nicolas Beyl has been appointed as Managing Director of the Single Group and Single Holding GmbH effective from 1 December 2020. He succeeds Frank Spork, who has led the company on an interim basis since March 2020. Spork will focus on his role as Director Product Management and will continue to be responsible for the company in this area.

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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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F.l.t.r.: Davide Pagliarulo, Tiziano Caprara, Tobias Daniel (Source: KraussMaffei)

Tiziano Caprara has taken the position of Managing Director at KraussMaffei Italia. Caprara succeeds Andrea Bottelli, who headed the Italian subsidiary initially for the Netstal brand (now KraussMaffei High Performance) and since 2013 also for the KraussMaffei brand, successfully developing the Injection Molding machinery business in Italy.

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