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The German TPE compounder Kraiburg TPE has announced the achievement of a new Asia Pacific milestone with the opening of an additional production line in Malaysia. The company said with this step it emphasises its commitment to providing customers with the best quality, satisfaction and value.

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Environmentalists and civic groups in Taiwan's southern port city of Kaohsiung on Sunday (11 November 2018) protested for cleaner air in the wake of air pollution caused by factory emissions. "The 2018 Anti-Air pollution Rally" was organized by a coalition of environmental and health groups, including Southern Taiwan Anti-Air Pollution Alliance and Air Clean Taiwan's Kaohsiung branch.

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DuPont announced it would invest over USD 80 million in Jiangsu province for a new specialty materials manufacturing plant during the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. DuPont signed the deal with the Zhangjiagang local government during the CIIE on Thursday (8 November 2018) for a USD 80 million manufacturing facility, expected to become operational in 2020 and further expanded by 2023.

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Covestro announced that it has raised its stake in the Joint Venture DIC Covestro Polymer Ltd. (DCP) from 50 % to 80 %.

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KraussMaffei Group with headquarters in Munich, Germany has been target of a cyber incident. Since 20 November 2018, parts of the KraussMaffei Group have only limited electronic access. The companie’s sites in Näfels (Netstal), Florence/USA (Krauss-Maffei Corporation) and Hanover (KraussMaffei Berstorff) have not been affected.

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Toyoda Gosei has acquired a majority stake in Hubei Rock Rubber and Seal Technology Co., Ltd. Hubei Rock, located in central China, is an independent supplier that provides weatherstrips mainly to Dongfeng Motor Corporation, one of China’s “Big Three” automakers, and its joint venture companies with Japanese and other foreign manufacturers, including Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd. and Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobile Co., Ltd.

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On 6 November 2018, TactoTek announced the opening of an office in Ulm, Germany, to provide local engineering and project management support for customers developing IMSE (Injection Moulded Structural Electronics) solutions. The new office will complement the company’s sales offices in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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Sun European Partners announced that one of its affiliates has signed a definitive agreement to sell Elix Polymers to Sinochem International for an enterprise value of USD 195 million.

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Wanhua Chemical Group has selected technology from LyondellBasell for a new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant and polypropylene (PP) unit in Yantai City, Shandong Province, China.

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Datwyler has opened a health care plant with First Line standard in Middletown, DE, USA. The First Line standard is an advanced manufacturing concept for high-quality elastomer components with state-of-the-art clean room technology, automatic production cells, fully automatic camera inspection and a unique washing process. The manufacturing concept exceeds the highest quality standards of the European and American regulatory authorities and is certified according to ISO 15378.

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Hexpol has acquired 80 % of the shares in Italian compounder Mesgo from the existing main owner Francesco Caldara and co-owners. Pursuant to the agreement, Hexpol has an option to acquire remaining shares, and the Caldara family has an option to sell their remaining shares to the Swedish group.

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