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Evonik announced that it has developed the world’s first flexible plastic material based on PEBA (polyether block amide) for use in 3D printing. According to the manufacturer, the powder stands out for its high elasticity and strength and is suitable for a variety of powder-based 3D printing technologies.

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Trelleborg has opened a facility in Querétaro, Mexico, to manufacture sealing profiles, such as control cable protector tubes and other critical automotive sealing components. The site covers a total of 1,250 m². According to Trelleborg, the state-of-the-art facility will serve the needs of the company’s existing and future tier one customers within the automotive industry. The investment is part of Trelleborg’s continued long-term strategy to invest in markets with favourable growth potential.

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Cooper Standard announced the opening of its new Japan headquarters and engineering centre in Yokohama. Relocated from its previous location in Osaki, the approximately 5,400 square-foot (~ 502.5 m2) facility currently employs 14 people and offers full-service product development and engineering to support Japanese automakers, such as Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Suzuki and Toyota.

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On 12 September 2018, Versalis (Eni) has opened a new EPDM rubber production plant in Ferrara, Italy, which will mainly supply the automotive industry. Over EUR 250 million were invested in the project, which involved constructing a new production line, and the revamping of the existing elastomer plant.

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Sabic, in a notice to Tadawul (Saudi stock exchange), said it has completed all regulatory approvals in relation to the acquisition of a 24.99% equity interest in Clariant.

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TactoTek and its technology partners for injection moulded structural electronics (IMSE) are hosting the “IMSE Solution Day”, a conference dedicated to IMSE technology, product design and manufacturing, on 18 September 2018 in Oulu, Finland.

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Over 250 professionals from across the global elastomers industry will come together in Milan, Italy, from 27 – 28 November 2018 to attend the Silicone Elastomers and Thermoplastic Elastomers World Summits.

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The Alslev-based Danish company Melitek announced that it has obtained ISO 13485:2016 certification for its Quality Management System covering sales, development and production of customised elastomer (TPE/TPO) and polymer compounds for healthcare applications.

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Mixer Compounds and Teknor Apex have joined the European Masterbatchers and Compounders Association (EuMBC), which now counts 17 members.

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On 10 September 2018, Clariant announced that Sabic has received the final outstanding regulatory approvals from the competition authorities for the purchase of a 24.99 % stake in Clariant.

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