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In the white goods segment sealing systems are used in a variety of equipments, such as washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and deep-freezers.

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Krahn Chemie GmbH with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, has established a subsidiary in Poland.

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Dow has announced the opening of a new laboratory for its Elastomers Business.

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Effective 1 July 2009 Hamburg-based distributor Biesterfeld Plastic has extended the cooperation for Santoprene TPV as well as Vistamaxx from Exxon­Mobil Chemical to Turkey and Middle East/Africa.

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With the Tracel G 6800 series of blowing agents for TPEs Tramaco has developed a new solution to overcome a well-known problem: Encapsulated physical blowing agents (so-called microspheres) for injection moulding and extrusion of TPEs are often limited to relatively low processing temperatures. The new series opens up a much wider range of applications as the products enable processing temperatures even above 200 °C.

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Kraton announced a general price increase in Europe, Africa and the Middle East of EUR 75/mt across all markets and end uses, for its SBS and OE SBS polymers. Subject to the terms of any applicable contracts, the price increase will take effect November 1, 2009, said the company in a press release from 1 October.

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Küttner Industrieberatungs GmbH is looking back at 25 years of distribution partnership with ExxonMobil Chemical.

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The Septon K Series is the latest addition in Kuraray’s portfolio of high performance elastomer materials. Main feature is their superior bondability to glass and metal.

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Merquinsa has announced the launch of a new family of Pearlthane ECO TPU grades made with Cerenol, DuPont’s renewably-sourced polyol.

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The German plastics machinery company KraussMaffei is investing around 4 million EUR in its biggest production plant, located in Allach on the outskirts of Munich. The company is building and equipping a new surface treatment centre to replace the existing paint shop. The centre is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2009.

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