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On 1 June 2020, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced that it will not present the 2020 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in San Antonio, TX, USA, scheduled for 5 – 7 October 2020.

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On 7 July 2020, at a briefing of Congress entitled “Plastic Production, Pollution and Waste in the Time of Covid-19: The Life-Threatening Impact of Single Use Plastic on Human Health,” Plastics Industry Association President & CEO Tony Radoszewski refuted attacks on a material and industry that have played a critical role in the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus.

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AMI (Applied Market Information Ltd) has announced the release of its new report “The Global Mechanical Plastics Recycling Industry 2020 – Capacities, Capabilities and Future Trends”. According to the company, the plastics mechanical recycling industry has never been under the spotlight to such an extent as it is today. Sustainability is ever more relevant across all societies and geographies, as a result plastics waste is at the forefront of many regional and national policy debates in the drive towards a more circular global economy. Accordingly, the issue of waste is on the policy agenda of national governments around the globe, with new policies and legislation bringing new targets for the recycling of plastics.

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APS Elastomers announced that it has purchased a new facility and that it is moving operations from Romulus, MI, USA, to a larger facility in nearby Westland. The company said that the expansion allows to double the production volume of various TPEs as well as create a new product testing lab.

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Engel announced that it will not actively participate in Fakuma in the usual manner this year. The board of management made this decision considering the unforeseeable further development of the Corona pandemic, said the company. In an official statement issued on 8 July 2020, the company explained:

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Kraton Corporation announced that it has joined the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR),  the national trade association representing companies that acquire, reprocess and sell the output of more than 90 % of the post-consumer plastic processing capacity in North America.

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On 7 July 2020, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag announced that its Management Board and Works Council mutually agreed to refrain from actively participating in Fakuma 2020 – in case the exhibition will be executed this year at all.

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Pexco LLC announced the acquisition of Exlon Extrusion, Inc. Financial details were not disclosed. Based in Greensboro, NC, USA, Exlon is a precision extruder of plastic tubing founded in 1984 by Dennis Swink. The company offers custom and proprietary lines of nylon, polyurethane, polypropylene and polyethylene pneumatic tubing and recoil hose products, all in a variety of colours and sizes, as well as custom extrusion solutions.

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Nouryon announced that it has completed a project to more than double capacity for organic peroxides at its plant in Itupeva, Brazil. The expansion will add capacity for products including methyl ethyl ketone peroxides (MEKP) as well as dibenzyl peroxide (BPO) pastes and waxes.

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Synnex Corporation has announced an agreement with Lubrizol for the distribution in the USA of its powder thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) suitable for 3D printing for end-use applications that require skin contact.

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On 2 July 2020, KraussMaffei issued a statement on the company's participation in Fakuma 2020, the original wording of which is given below:

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