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The Lehvoss Group announced that its participation at NPE2018 was very successful. The company showcased products from the areas of customised material solutions for compounds, 3D printing materials, as well as additives and concentrates.

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The South Korean company Songwon announced that it has started to manufacture Songnox 5650 at its Panoli plant in Gujarat, India, ensuring global availability of the additive. The product is a high molecular weight, multifunctional phenolic antioxidant primarily used as a post-polymerisation process stabiliser for unsaturated elastomers. According to the company, phenolic antioxidants are effective, non-discolouring stabilisers for organic substrates that are prone to oxidation, including plastics, synthetic fibres, elastomers and waxes.

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Following extensive experiments, lab testing, road testing and more, Goodyear has introduced soy-based technology in its Assurance WeatherReady tyres, a broad line tyre that covers 77 % of cars, SUVs, crossovers, pickups and minivans. The company will expand its line of tyres containing soy with the addition of Eagle Enforcer All Weather for police vehicles that count on high-performance traction and handling.

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Covestro plans to build its own chlorine production plant in Tarragona, Spain. With the so-called oxygen depolarized cathode (ODC) technology, a sustainable manufacturing process is to be used. In Tarragona, the company is building the first industrial-scale plant based solely on this technology. According to the company, Covestro is currently investing around EUR 200 million at Tarragona in order to increase the competitiveness of the location.

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At Achema 2018, the Fulda-based German company Uth GmbH has presented a new solution for feeding and exact dosing of viscous to highly viscous polymers as well as adhesive and sealants. The continuous polymer dosing system enables the feeding, plasticising and dosing of mixing components with different types and shapes. Based on the modular designed roll-ex system, it is composed of a gear pump combined with a suitable feeding unit like a single screw extruder or conical twin screw extruder. According to the manufacturer, this dosing solution guarantees an easy handling and also offers the prerequisites for simple process integration.

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After two years of fine preparation and a year of trial operation of ISO17025 system, Arlanxeo’s Rubber Technology Center (RTC) passed the expert evaluation of the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) in November 2017, and obtained the Laboratory Accreditation Certificate issued by CNAS in January 2018.

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Sabic has presented a new portfolio of polypropylene compounds that deliver a soft feel combined with good scratch performance in unpainted, low-gloss automotive interior components at NPE2018. According to the manufacturer, the new Sabic PPcompounds offer luxurious haptics and finishes. At the same time, these injection moulding materials can help automotive OEMs and tiers reduce costs by as much as 50 % by avoiding secondary operations such as applying soft paint, fabric, foam or other surface coverings.

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At the German Rubber Conference – DKT 2018 – Arlanxeo is showcasing its newly developed terpolymer Therban ST 3107 VP and with Levapren PXL a new ethylene-vinyl acetate rubber (EVM).

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Evonik Industries and LWB Steinl GmbH & Co. KG are combining their expertise to manufacture a rotation-symmetrical plastic/rubber composite part at the DKT 2018: Evonik supplies the polyamide 612 Vestamid DX9325 for adhesive free bonding with EPDM, while LWB Steinl provides its expertise in two-component injection moulding. This automated manufacturing process can be viewed at the German Rubber Conference – DKT 2018 – at LWB Steinl’s stand 309 in hall 12.

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Chemours is showcasing its portfolio of Viton fluoroelastomers and Viton Free Flow processing aids at the German Rubber Conference – DKT 2018 – on the stand of its distributor for the EMEA region, Safic-Alcan.

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Lanxess is showcasing its comprehensive portfolio of additives for the manufacture of high end rubber components for a significant number of diverse applications at DKT 2018. One focus is on an extensive range of colouring and non-colouring antioxidants and antiozonants.

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