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A portable, folding baby bathtub from Hong Kong-based Karibu Baby Ltd. features a custom overmoulded Versaflex TPE from GLS and non-toxic PolyOne OnColor colourants. For the production of the safe, regulatory compliant and aesthetically appealing product Karibu switched from a local supplier to PolyOne to obtain a TPE made without bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, or heavy metals. The material is also compliant with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food contact requirements and the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) European regulation.

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Effective 1 October 2016, Ian Mills becomes new Chief Sales Officer (CSO) at Albis Plastic.

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Walter Baumann has assumed the position of managing director of PTS Plastic-Technologie-Service, Tauberzell, Germany. He follows Uwe Stenglin who has taken on a new role as principal consultant to Teknor Apex.

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Kuraray, Sumitomo, and PTT Global Chemical have signed a Head of Agreement (HOA) to jointly perform a Detailed Feasibility Study (DFS) for potential project development of manufacturing and sales of butadiene derivatives in Thailand. This has been announced by the companies on 13 September 2016.

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LG Chem said Sunday (28 Aug 2016) that it will focus on high value petrochemicals as part of its moves to boost its competitiveness and sales.

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Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara) announced that it has started up its mixed feed cracker (MFC) on 28 August 2016. The MFC is the only one of its kind in Saudi Arabia and will allow Sadara to produce a diversified range of plastics and chemical products.

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The Pocket Guide – Rubber & TPE is a free-of-charge service for visitors and exhibitors at K2016, offered by Messe Düsseldorf in cooperation with Dr. Gupta Verlag and with kind support of the German Rubber Manufacturers Association wdk (Wirtschaftsverband der Deutschen Kautschukindustrie).

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LG Chem said Sunday (28 Aug 2016) it will focus on high-value petrochemicals in the basic materials business to respond to rising oversupply concerns.

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At K2016 the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University will highlight the topics additive manufacturing and integrative production technology in the form of a Cyber Physical Production System (CPPS) for plastics processing.

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The environmental cost of using plastics in consumer goods and packaging is nearly four times less than if plastics were replaced with alternative materials, according to a new study by Trucost, which the American Chemistry Council (ACC) commissioned.

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Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) has announced completion of its leading-edge polyethylene pilot plant at its research and technology facility in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

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