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Songwon International-Americas, Inc. has signed an exclusive agreement with a new distribution network in the USA, which includes Trans Western Chemicals (west coast), Chem-Materials (mid-west/southeast) and Callahan Chemical Company (northeast). Now fully operational, the network is supplying Songwon’s complete line of UV absorbers, HALS, photoinitiators, and antioxidants for the coatings, inks and related markets in the respective regions within the USA.

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Kraiburg TPE at K 2019, hall 6, stand C58-04 at “Rubber Street” and E22 (Ideas Factory) Kraiburg TPE will present itself as competence leader in the thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) market at the K 2019. The TPE manufacturer will address major challenges and trends the growing TPE business is facing.

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Prof. Dr. Norbert Vennemann has retired from his active time in elastomer research and education on 1 September 2019. Since 1992, Vennemann held the professorship for plastics technology and testing at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.

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The K 2019 trade fair for plastics and rubber will take place from 16 – 23 October 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany, where the VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association will shine the spotlight on the recycling sector and show how closed loops can work effectively. A series of interviews is shedding light on why it is doing this and the significance of the "Circular Economy" for member companies of the association. In this interview, Jörg Frömming, Sales Manager at Dekura GmbH, will give his views on the subject.

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The main “rubber hot spot” at K 2019 will once again be Rubber Street. Join us for the official opening ceremony on the first day of K 2019!

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KraussMaffei is consolidating all its business divisions (injection moulding, extrusion and reaction process technology) and its previous brands KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal within a single, unified brand: KraussMaffei. The company said this repositioning is in line with the “Compass” corporate strategy, which has already brought about fundamental changes with the launch of the Digital & Service Solutions (DSS) business unit. Visual evidence of the restructuring can be seen in a new corporate design throughout the company, which will be rolled out to a wider audience during K 2019.

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Arlanxeo will highlight new mobility solutions at K 2019 (Source: Arlanxeo)

The synthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo announced that it will participate in its second K fair under the theme “future mobility”, as trends like electrification and autonomous driving will fundamentally change the way of transportation in the next decade. According to the company, already today it sees new means of transportation emerging, alternative ways of mobility sharing and usage as well as new kinds of energy generation and storage, all responding to the need of a more sustainable and responsible future mobility.

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As a leading distributor and compounder of technical thermoplastics and thermoplastic elastomers, the Hamburg-based company Albis Plastic will be showcasing products and exhibits by long-term partners like BASF, Covestro, Ineos Styrolution, Lanxess, LyondellBasell, Eastman and Solvay, as well as its own collection of complimentary Albis branded products.

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Mexichem has announced a name change. The company’s new name is Orbia Advance Corporation. The company said that this is part of its new strategy related to the operational reorganisation of its global businesses and the launching of a new corporate brand including a new logo concept, the ImpactMark. This reflects a year-long process to transform the company into a future-fit, human-centered organisation, while elevating the work its five global business groups are doing to address the challenges that define how people live and thrive today and in the future, said the company in a statement.

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PolyMax TPE, a custom TPE compounder and manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomers has announced a significant expansion of its production capacity, with an equipment investment of more than USD 1.5 million in July 2019. The company said that it is experiencing accelerated growth rates, exceeding forecasted figures, in response to high market demand for its custom TPE technologies and proven customer-centric service models. In addition to increased capabilities, the company will be adding additional employees to operate the new material production line.

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