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The Italian company Api has introduced expandable bio-based TPU Apilon 52 Bio Light at Simac Tanning Tech (19-21 February 2020, Milan, Italy). In order to demonstrate the applications of this material solution, a slipper was showcased during the trade show.

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Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) has announced the consolidation of its group companies in Singapore into one consolidated company, Mitsubishi Chemical Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

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As part of a strategic realignment, the Austrian Semperit Group will in future focus on the industrial sector and transform into an industrial rubber specialist. As a consequence, the company will separate from the medical business in whole or in parts. In light of the very dynamic competitive environment, maintaining the medical business would require high investments, said Semperit. The company sees higher earnings and profitability potential on the basis of a stronger focus on the industrial sector compared with the continuation of both sectors with increased investment requirements.

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TactoTek and Marquardt announced that the companies are developing an injection moulded structural electronics (IMSE) solution for a leading automotive OEM in their first collaboration project. The pre-development project is for a specific vehicle family and includes full automotive validation of the IMSE parts.

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The collaborative project for circularity in plastics, Circularise Plastics, founded by Domo, Covestro and the supply chain transparency start-up Circularise, has reached the first milestone. With the support from the founding members Circularise successfully developed the first version of the platform tailored to the plastics industry. The group is piloting the system this year and has demonstrated it on the market in a production environment in early 2020.

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Targeting the new market needs, Chinaplas 2020 will focus – amongst others –  on medical plastics technology, antibacterial and protective materials. (Source: Adsale)

On 19 February 2020, the Chinaplas show organiser Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. officially announced that this year’s event has been rescheduled to 3 – 6 August 2020 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC), Hongqiao in Shanghai, China. Adsale issued the following statement, which is quoted here in its original wording:

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Ascend Performance Materials has entered into a deal to purchase Poliblend SpA and Esseti Plast GD from D'Ottavio Group for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition includes a manufacturing facility in Mozzate, Italy, the masterbatch portfolio of Esseti Plast and the engineering plastics portfolio of Poliblend, which consists of virgin and recycled grades of polyamide (PA) 66, PA6, polybutylene terephthalate and polyoxymethylene.

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A virtual concept shoe made entirely of BASF materials, a 3D printed shoe made from TPU, interesting creations by young designers, this and other product-related innovations were presented by BASF at Simac, the international machine and technology fair for shoes in Milan from 19-21 February 2020.

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Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, said 92 % of all non-compliant chemicals in consumer products come from outside the European Union (EU), confirming an "urgent" need for EU member states to "step up" enforcement of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) in imports.

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The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is announcing a “Call for Nominations” for its 50th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries, and due dates for the event’s annual Parts Competition. This year’s Awards Gala will be held Thursday, 19 November 2020, at the Burton Manor in Livonia, MI, USA.

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Vietnam’s key industries such as textiles, rubber and plastic must take measures to prepare for a shortage of raw materials as a result of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China, warned industry leaders and economic experts. Firms may still have some breathing space having stocked up before the Lunar New Year holidays, but things could get tricky soon.

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