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Cancarb and IMCD announced a new partnership for the distribution of Cancarb’s Thermax brand Thermal Carbon Black products in the Czech Republic effective 1 September 2007.

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Stephan G. Braig, 46, is new CEO of Engel North America.

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For the fiscal year 2006, which was also the year of Arburgs 50th anniversary, the consolidated turnover of Arburg and all national companies reached an historic peak: Arburg accounted for EUR 328.9 million.

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The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) and the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) Inc. have released their 2007 version of the study, entitled Demand for Natural Rubber (NR) and various forms of Synthetic Rubber (SR).

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Dow Corning (DC) announced the creation of DC Silicone Rubber (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of DC established to offer an expanded range of its silicone rubber products and solutions in Asia.

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From Alpha Technologies comes a series of automatic hardness and density testers.

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Swedish Hexagon Polymers AB has acquired Gold Key Processing, a rubber compounding company founded in 1997 and located in Middlefield, OH, USA with estimated sales of USD 75 Mio. for 2007.

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Albemarle Corporation, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, has completed definitive agreements with its Chinese partner to increase Albemarle’s ownership from 25 % to 75 % in two joint ventures:

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Lati S.p.A., Vedana Olona, Italy, is concluding a business reorganisation and will focus on the production and marketing of thermoplastic compounds for engineering purposes.

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Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. has signed an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Moldflow Corporation’s Manufacturing Solutions Division for USD 7 million.

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