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iSmithers, the information business within Smithers Rapra, has joined an eight-strong consortium that will produce a ‘REACH Toolkit’ to aid the European polymer industry in its implementation of REACH.

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Josep Ferrarons Espinós took over the Rowa distributorship in Spain and Portugal and is now helping to beef up the Group’s activities on the Iberian peninsula. He is responsible for all group products and interests.

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Kuraray has announced that it will increase prices of its Septon and Hybrar elastomers effective 1 July 2010.

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30. June 2010

Wobbe leaves Engel

Hans Wobbe, 57, will be leaving the management of Engel Holding on 31 July 2010 for personal reasons.

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Hilti Deutschland GmbH makes use of Kraiburg TPE materials for the components that go into its tools. Kraiburg TPE custom-developed a soft formula for a novel cover cap that keeps dust and grime away from the inner workings of machines such as rotary hammer drills and demolition hammers.

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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.

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Henry Sperle, 62, the long-time Executive Board Member of Borealis, has gone into retirement on 31 May 2010. Sperle is acknowledged as one of the pioneers in establishing the petrochemical and polyolefins industry in Norway.

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28. June 2010

BASF to buy Cognis

Cognis Holding Luxembourg S.à r.l., controlled by Permira Funds, GS Capital Partners and SV Life Sciences, signed a sale and purchase agreement to sell 100 % of the shares in Cognis Holding GmbH to BASF SE for an equity purchase price of EUR 700 million.

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A recent addition to Ultra­polymers’ distribution portfolio is LyondellBasell’s Koattro KT AR05 plastomer for direct processing or use as a modifying agent for PP.

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ExxonMobil Chemical has introduced four new grades of Vistamaxx propylene-based elastomers, 6202FL, 6102FL, 3980FL, and 3020FL.

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