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PolyOne, Cleveland, OH, USA, announced its attendance at the VDI „Plastics in Automotive Engineering“ conference in Mannheim, Germany, on 17 - 18 March 2010.

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Arkema is cooperating with Taiwanese chemicals manufacturer Chang Chun Petrochemicals Co. Ltd. to distribute its Evasin EVOH copolymers. Evasin will be marketed alongside Arkema’s Orevac and Lotader binders. The agreement grants Arkema an exclusive distributorship for Evasin EVOH in Europe.

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BASF Polyurethanes and Biesterfeld Plastic extended their long-standing distribution partnership for Elastollan TPU to France and Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia).

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To meet the increasing temperature extremes for air induction system ducting, Zeon has introduced Zeotherm 131-90B.

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French compounding specialist CTS has developed a range of foamed TPE materials for the production of steering wheels.

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The Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI) has announced that NPE2012, the next edition of the triennial international plastics exposition, will take place 1 – 5 April 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, USA.

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Solutia Inc. is acquiring the German company Etimex Solar GmbH, a subsidiary of Etimex Holding GmbH, for a price of EUR 240 million in cash and additional debt.

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Ralf Brinkmann has been named President of Dow Germany and Chairman of the Board of Dow Deutschland Inc. He succeeds Markus Wildi. In addition, Brinkmann is Commercial Vice President, Basic Chemicals and Performance Products & Systems, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

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Kraton announced that Jeanne Kendrick, Regional Business Manager for North American Paving and Roofing, was named "2010 Person of the Year," by the Association of Modified Asphalt Producers (AMAP). The award was given in recognition of outstanding leadership and commitment to the organisation, said the SBC supplier in a statement issued 26 February.

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Merquinsa has appointed the Indian company Zylog Plast­alloys as distributor for its Pearlthane and Pearlcoat TPU product ranges to the Indian market.

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