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PolyOne Corporation's OnColor Bio and OnCap Bio masterbatches have been granted OK Compost certification by AIB Vinçotte, marking the first time this has been awarded to a full range of colourants and additives.

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With immediate effect, Albis Plastic GmbH, Hamburg, assumes the international marketing of the TPE products of Slovenian Uteksol d.o.o. The sales agreement applies to all Albis' sales offices and areas of responsibility. This was announced in a statement issued 25 August.

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Kraton has initiated a project assessment, which includes site-selection activities, to identify options for building a new, hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer (HSBC) plant in Asia.

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After having been introduced to the market under the provisional name LA Polymer, the acrylic TPE of Kuraray is from now on officially marketed under the brand name Kurarity. The Japanese company is currently installing a 5000 t/a capacity for this product at its Niigata Plant in Tainai City. The expansion is expected to be completed in August 2011.

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The undersides of long-haul semi-trailer trucks have to resist harsh conditions: the parts are exposed to grimy exhaust and road particulate combined with spraying water, caustic de-icing solutions, and other chemical agents. This can cause the failure of the wiring harnesses, the connection point for the cabling that delivers power from the truck cab back to the trailer.

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There seems to be no limit to what injection moulding is capable of. With the varied injection moulding processes available, seemingly any plastic article can be conjured up, however complex the geometry. Such specialised innovative methods as co-injection, in-mould decoration, insert moulding, foam injection moulding, gas- and water-assisted injection moulding, combined processes, thin-wall technology and, increasingly, micro- and nanotechnology help to satisfy the wide-ranging needs of the various user industries.

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Irogran TPU from Huntsman Polyurethanes has been used by Papurex W. Büchner GmbH, a leading hose producer based in Mörlenbach, Germany, to develop AgrarPur - a new pneumatic tubing system for the agricultural sector.

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The Suzhou facility of PolyOne recently received ISO 13485 certification for the healthcare market. Last year, PolyOne also attained this certification for its GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers facility, also located in Suzhou.

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PolyOne has announced the formation of PolyOne Korea Ltd. The new company established a business development office in Seoul, South Korea and named Mr. Tim Choi managing director.

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Velox has expanded its distribution portfolio with new hydrolysis protection additives from a undisclosed European supplier.

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