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The Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society is accepting nominations for the following six Science and Technology Awards for 2011: The Charles Goodyear Medal (sponsored by the Rubber Division), The Sparks-Thomas Award (sponsored by ExxonMobil Chemical Company), The Melvin Mooney Distinguished Technology Award (sponsored by Lion Copolymer), The George Stafford Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research (sponsored by Cabot Corporation), The Fernley H. Banbury Award (sponsored by the Farrel Company) and The Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award (sponsored by the Ralph S. Graff Foundation).

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Kraton Polymers LLC announced a general price increase in the Asia Pacific region of USD 200.00 per tonne for its SBS and OE SBS polymers.

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Pebax Rnew, Arkema's bio-sourced elastomer has been selected by Sony for its original soccer ball, named “Join the Team!”, specifically developed for donation to children in Africa.

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Kraton plans to invest about USD 27 million in its Belpre, OH, USA, plant for the production of polyisoprene rubber, particularly for medical applications.

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On 27 May Kuraray has announced price increases for its hydrogenated styrenic thermoplastic elastomers Septon and Hybrar, as well as "TU polymer."

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Kraton Polymers LLC announced a general price increase in the Americas and Asia of USD 330 per tonne, or 15 cpp, for all its HSBC polymers and compounds. There will also be a EUR 300 per tonne increase in Europe, Africa and the Middle East for all its HSBC polymers and compounds.

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The Supervisory Board of BASF SE has appointed Dr. Kurt Bock, 51, to succeed Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht as Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF. Dr. Martin Brudermüller, 49, will become Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors. Both appointments will take effect following the end of the Annual Meeting on 6 May 2011.

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The 177th Technical Meeting of the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) took place 26 – 28 April 2010 in Akron, OH, USA, with a total registration of 138.

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Following the Ciba acquisition and integration into BASF's global pigment business, the company will eliminate overlaps in the combined portfolio and reduce overcapacities. As a consequence, some products will be dropped and production capacities will be adapted, resulting in the loss of 500 of the current 2,900 jobs in the pigment business.

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Huntsman has developed a new fire-retardant, halogen-free TPUs that complies with current safety standards for cable jacketing materials used in the IT and consumer electronics sector. Complying with key criteria set out in the European RoHS directive and US VW1 standard, Irogran A95P5003DP is said to meet demand for a durable cabling material that is free from hazardous substances.

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