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At Wire 2010, DuPont presented a number of speciality materials for the wire and cable industry with focus on renewably-sourced and halogen free resins:

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A new series of Elexar compounds is said to provide a combination of RoHS compliance, UL-V0 flame retardance, and excellent performance over a wide range of end use conditions.

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Bianor has extended its partnership with Japanese customer Makita.

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Biesterfeld Plastic GmbH from Hamburg, Germany, announced that it will now distribute Exxon­Mobil Chemical’s Santoprene TPVs and Vistamaxx propylene-based elastomers in Portugal and Morocco, and Exxtral polyolefins in the UK and Ireland.

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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.

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As from 1 June 2010, Bernadette Spinoy, 48, has been appointed as Senior Vice President for Base Chemicals & Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) at Total Petrochemicals. At the same date, Olivier Greiner, 45, joins the Total Petrochemicals Management Committee as Senior Vice President Styrenics succeeding Spinoy. Claude Lebeau, 45, who joined the management committee recently as Senior Vice President Research, Technology & Engineering, will from 1 June 2010 also be responsible for worldwide Strategic Planning.

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The first lids with Provalin 1241, the PVC- and plasticiser-free TPE compound for metal lids and caps, are being launched on the market. Provalin was unveiled already at Interpack 08, thus marking completion of an important step toward complying with EU regulations on the one hand and, on the other hand, meeting food manufacturers' anticipated need for legally compliant and product-specific, secure closure variants.

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Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is strengthening its position in Asia by building a new unit in Bangalore, India, for an investment of SEK 100 million (EUR 10.3 million).

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KraussMaffei Technologies India Ltd. was recently set up in Pune, India.

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Lanxess and the Taiwanese TSRC Corporation will enter into a 50:50 joint venture in China called Lanxess-TSRC (Nantong) Chemical Industrial Company Ltd.

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