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Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is not only abrasion resistant, wear resistant, and resistant to tear propagation, it is also hydrolysis resistant, which means that it can safely be used with drinking water. Simrit is a supplier of hydrolysis-resistant TPU that has all the necessary approvals for drinking water applications (KTW and W270) and can be used to replace NBR and EPDM sealing materials.

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Kraton announced the addition of Kraton D1183 BT, a new SIS grade. As main features of the material the company mentioned softness, ease-in-processing, and high temperature resistance.

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Few customer industries have been hit as heavily by the 2009 economic crisis as the construction sector. Sales of pipes, profiles and boards have fallen dramatically. Since the end of 2008, manufacturers of semi-finished products, plastics processors and machine manufacturers have experienced a significant drop in business, introduced short-time working and in some cases even throttled back their capacity. By the time of K 2010, manufacturers of pipes, profiles, boards and insulating materials are hoping for a revival of business.

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SO.F.TER. has announced the signing of a lease agreement with P Group. The company said that this agreement is a further step in the strategy adopted since 2008 with the acquisition of Matrixx Europe and it will allow the development of several synergies: both companies operate in the same business and share the same “customer-oriented” philosophy so that their integration will put them in a position to respond adequately to future market challenges.

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Like many other companies, PolyOne reported a sharp increase of revenues in Q2 2010 versus Q2 2009: 40%. Net income was USD 45.7 million, or USD 0.47 per diluted share on revenues of USD 692.9 million in Q2 2010, compared with a net loss of USD 1.9 million or a loss of USD 0.02 per diluted share on revenues of USD 496.5 million in Q2 2009.

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Kraton Performance Polymers announced improved financial results for the quarter ended 30 June 2010.

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Sales of the Bayer Group rose by 14.6 % in the second quarter of 2010, to EUR 9,179 million. Adjusted for currency and portfolio effects, business grew by 9.2 %. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) – before special items – improved by 8.6 % to EUR 1,917 million.

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Following the upturn in business performance in the first three months of 2010, BASF continued to gain momentum in the second quarter. Sales rose 30 % compared with the previous year to EUR 16.2 billion. Second-quarter income from operations (EBIT) before special items rose 94 % to EUR 2.2 billion.

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ExxonMobil's second-quarter earnings, excluding special items, were up 85 % from the year prior, fueled by improved downstream margins and strong chemical results.

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On 3 August Dow announced „a technology breakthrough project“ that is said to increase polyolefin elastomers manufacturing capacity at the production facilities in Freeport, TX. USA, and Tarragona, Spain. The announced capacity expansions, in conjunction with SCG-Dow Group’s new world scale speciality elastomers plant in Thailand, which is currently under construction, will result in a net increase of 550 million pounds, bringing Dow’s global capacity for polyolefin elastomers to nearly 2 billion pounds.

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