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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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Kraton has announced the addition of DX405 to its portfolio for adhesives, sealants, and coatings (ASC) applications.

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Huntsman has developed a new fire-retardant, halogen-free TPU that complies with current safety standards for cable jacketing materials used in the IT and consumer electronics sector.

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Gateway Disc Sports, a supplier of golf discs and accessories based in St. Louis, USA, has partnered with RTP Company, Winona, MI, USA, to upgrade their Shur-Grip product line of discs.

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From Elastocon TPE Technologies, Inc. comes the STK 40 and STK 60 range of TPEs that are said to overmould easily and with excellent adhesion onto PC/ABS compounds.

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Styrolux was produced on an industrial scale for the first time about 30 years ago in Ludwigs­hafen, Germany.

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