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Change of CEO at automotive supplier Boge Rubber & Plastics: Torsten Gehrmann (left) succeeds Dr. Torsten Bremer (right). (Source: Daniel Meier)

The long-standing CEO of the Boge Rubber & Plastics Group, Dr. Torsten Bremer, will hand over his position to his successor Torsten Gehrmann as of 1 July 2021. As a member of the management board of CRRC New Material Technologies GmbH, the globally responsible umbrella company of the Boge Rubber & Plastics Group based in Damme, Torsten Gehrmann has been jointly responsible for the Boge Rubber & Plastics Group since 1 December 2020. Dr. Torsten Bremer is moving to the Supervisory Board of CRRC New Material Technologies GmbH, which is currently being constituted.

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The World Rubber Summit 2021 will be held as a virtual event from 8 – 11 June 2021.(Source: IRSG)

The World Rubber Summit 2021 will take place as a virtual event under the theme “Facing the Future: Inclusiveness, Sustainability and Growth for the Next Normal” from 8 – 11 June 2021. According to the organiser, the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG), moving into the current decade, the global economy has witnessed one of the worst economic crisis in history. In addition to the tragic loss of life, the Covid-19 pandemic has rolled back decades of progress on poverty and has exposed social and economic inequalities.

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On 29 April 2021, Aramco and Sabic announced their intention to transfer the marketing and sales responsibility for a number of Aramco petrochemicals and polymers products to Sabic, and the offtake and resale responsibility of a number of Sabic products to Aramco Trading Company (ATC). These changes, planned to be implemented on a phased basis during 2021, will focus Sabic on petrochemical products and ATC on fuel products.

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Jörg Bremer, new CFO of the KraussMaffei Group (Source: KraussMaffei)

KraussMaffei has appointed Jörg Bremer as new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the KraussMaffei Group and the Shanghai-listed KraussMaffei Company Limited (KMCL), effective 1 July 2021. Jörg Bremer will also become a member of the KraussMaffei Group Management Board. He succeeds Dr. Harald Nippel, who has the company effective 31 May 2021 at his own request, after six years of successful cooperation.

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Continental has launched a new telehandler and skid-steer loader tire. The CompactMaster AG tire is the first to be designed with a new Turtle Shield tread layer and twisted steel belt. “This is a reinforced tire with a hard shell and a more flexible steel wire construction to help prevent cuts and damage, whilst offering greater stability for materials handling work,” explains Benjamin Hübner, Product Line Manager Product Line Manager Agricultural Tires at Continental Commercial Specialty Tires.

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Songwon Industrial Co., Ltd., announced the establishment of its new business entity in China, Songwon International-Qingdao Co., Ltd. The new organization will ensure that the South-Korean company remains well-positioned to continue providing customers in this important strategic region with high quality products and service.

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SI Group has announced plans to invest more than USD 50 million across three manufacturing sites in North America to install globally competitive main antioxidant capacity. The company said that this investment demonstrates its commitment to the expanding U.S. chemical market, with a focus on supplying strategically located, critical raw materials to key partners in the region. With SI Group’s current extensive antioxidant manufacturing footprint in the U.S. and backward integration, this planned expansion will increase its security of supply by offering a fully integrated portfolio of phenolic antioxidants in the U.S. These additives are broadly used in growth segments such as food packaging, automotive, construction, adhesives, and other applications.

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The rubber industry in Bangladesh is facing tough times due to a continuous fall in prices. As a result of their growing frustration, many plantation owners in the region are now even considering cutting down their rubber trees to make room for other plants.

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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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