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Hexpol TPE has developed several new customisation options for their Dryflex Green compounds. The hardness range has been expanded to include 20 Shore A to 50 Shore D grades, with amounts of renewable biocontent to over 90 % (ASTM D 6866-12), depending on the hardness.

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Trustech is the new international trade fair for card manufacturers which is taking place for the first time from 29 November to 1 December 2016 at Cannes in southern France. The word “trust” is incorporated into the name of the new event but is also a part of the supplier promise of Covestro: “Tailored Trust” – this stands for trustworthy product solutions that enable the highest security standards. At its stand B 044 the company will present new products for the security industry.

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Sasol has completed yet another major capital investment in South Africa as part of its dual-regional, multi-asset hub growth strategy in Southern Africa and North America.

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Coffee-to-go has become extremely popular in recent years. A main drawback of this comfortable way to consume caffeine is that it creates a large waste stream with an incredibly high number of disposable cups (see text box). The DUH (Deutsche Umwelthilfe = German Environmental Aid) has therefore initiated the Cup Hero campaign which puts emphasis on consistently reusing takeaway cups.

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Soaker hoses have traditionally been formed from recycled rubber or polyvinyl chloride. But Jeff Thomas, co-founder of Water Right Inc., was not satisfied with the performance of these hoses, and he set out to build a better soaker hose using thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from Covestro LLC. The home and garden industry has taken notice of this innovation – the Polyurethane Soaker Hose was named one of the Top 100 2016: Best New Outdoor Living Products by “This Old House” magazine.

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Kolon Plastics Inc. will increase production of compounds whose application in vehicles has been recently rising in line with growing demand for lightweight, high-performance vehicles.

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Shell Nanhai B.V. and China National Offshore Oil Corporation’s (CNOOC) 50:50 joint venture has officially assumed ownership of CNOOC’s ongoing project to build an ethylene cracker and several derivatives units, after receiving all the necessary government approvals. Following a final investment decision in March 2016, the project will now be owned and operated by the existing joint venture, CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Limited (CSPC).

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Smithers Rapra new market report about the Future of 3D Printing Materials for Industrial Applications to 2026 forecasts a growth in the 3D printing market at an annual compound rate exceeding 20 % over the next ten years, from USD 5.8 billion in 2015. Today’s market values representing only about 0.04 % of the USD 13 trillion global manufacturing, added values in 2015.

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The new market report Halogen-Free Flame Retardants Market by Type (Aluminum Hydroxide, Organo-Phosphorus and Others), by Application (Polyolefins, UPE, ETP, and Others), by End-Use Industry (E&E, Construction, Transportation, and Others) and by Region - Global Forecasts to 2021 by Markets and Markets explained that the market size of halogen-free flame retardants was USD 3.36 billion in 2015 and is projected to reach USD 5.38 billion by 2021, registering a CAGR of 8.4 % between 2016 and 2021.

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The market report Automotive Plastics Market for Passenger Cars by Type (PP, PU, PVC, Polycarbonates, PMMA & PET), by Application (Interior, Exterior, Under Bonnet), & by Region (Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, RoW) - Global Forecast to 2020 by Markets and Markets defines and segments the automotive plastics market for passenger cars and forecasts the market size by value and volume. The automotive plastics market size in terms of value is projected to reach USD 40.1 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 10.9 % between 2015 and 2020 and the polycarbonates segment and the exterior application are projected to witness the highest CAGR of 12.4 % between 2015 and 2020.

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BASF, a world’s leading chemical producer, is identifying the need of new industrial solutions in Pakistan in the wake of Chinese-funded infrastructure developments as the company wants to increase its footprint into the country, its top official said.

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