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New grades from Covestro’s Desmopan DP 96xx line are used in the Salomon X-Pro 70 W ski boot. The boot’s lower shell is made of an exceptional transparent grade of this thermoplastic polyurethane.

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Peter Schmidt, shareholder of the German Kraiburg Group, has died in early February 2017, a few weeks after his 85th birthday.

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Total world consumption of biopolymers is projected to reach the size of 300 million t in 2016, and to be valued at USD 670 million, according to a new market research from Smithers Rapra. The report The Future of Global Bioplastics to 2021 forecasts that demand for bioplastics will grow at a rate of around 19 % year-on-year in volume terms across the period 2016 – 2021.

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The Italian plastics and rubber processing machinery and moulds manufacturers’ association Assocomaplast has analysed data from the Italian national institute of statistics Istat on Italian foreign trade in the sector for the first three quarters of 2016, comparing them to the same period in 2015. The general results are that imports continued to rise by 8.5 % and exports increased by 1.5 % (tab. 1).

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On 27 January 2017 Kraton announced a general price increase of 450 EUR/t in Europe, Middle East, and Africa and 500 USD/t in USA and accordingly in the other geographies for all Kraton SBC polymers. Subject to the terms of any applicable contracts, these price increases will take effect 1 February 2017.

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On 16 January 2017 Kraton announced a general price increase of 450 USD/t for all Kraton HSBC polymers. Subject to the terms of any applicable contracts, these price increases will take effect 1 February 2017.

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On 30 January 2017, Kraton Corporation, a global producer of styrenic block copolymers and speciality polymers, announced a global price increase of 330 USD/t for all its SIS polymers. Subject to the terms of any applicable contracts, these price increases took effect on 1 February 2017.

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The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) is sponsoring with around EUR 1.5 million a joint research project of BASF SE, Heidelberg University, LMU Munich and hte GmbH.

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Zeiss Industrial Metrology has opened a new facility in Wixom, MI, USA, dedicated to the latest developments for the process chain in car body metrology and automated inspection.

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According to a new study by Applied Market Information Ltd., the global artificial turf market is expanding rapidly. Artificial turf is increasingly meeting the needs of sports facility owners that require their fields to be consistently available for more intensive use. For home owners and architects it is providing a desirable landscaping option. In each application it has developed from being a valuable solution where climatic conditions are challenging e.g. because there is too much or too little rain, or because heat or freezing temperatures cause the ground to be too hard, to being a product of choice because of its lower maintenance needs compared to natural grass.

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Repsol’s Chemicals division has signed a technology licence agreement with Chinese company Tianjin Bohua Chemical Development, a subsidiary of Bohai Chemical Group, to produce propylene oxide (PO) and styrene monomer (SM) – raw materials for products like polyols, glycols, polystyrene, EPS, ABS and synthetic rubber.

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