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Additional machines have been installed and staffing levels increased for the production of colour and additive masterbatches at the Gabriel-Chemie Group’s European sites. Production capacity at the main site in Gumpoldskirchen, Austria, has been increased by 2,000 tons p.a. with six new extruders.

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The Polyurethanes division of Huntsman has launched three new grades of Irogran thermoplastic polyurethane specifically designed to meet with the European Union's Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations EC2023/2006.

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10. September 2009

Moulding by induction

RocTool will be launching 3iTech, Integrated Internal Induction Technologies, a new moulding by induction technology.

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Speciality chemicals company Eliokem announced the appointment of four regional directors in the USA, India, China and Asia Pacific.

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TPE-S compounds of Kraiburg TPE have been chosen by BMW for the production of the windshield gaskets for the new BMW 7 series and the BMW 3 series convertible. The Bavarian carmaker is also using compounds supplied by the Bavarian TPE specialist for other exterior applications, and has optimised manufacturing by doing so. Recognition was not long in coming.

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20. August 2009

New CEO at Satra

Austin Simmons has been appointed Satra’s top executive position after Richard Turner retired as Chief Executive at the end of June 2009. Simmons, who was Deputy Chief Executive from 2007, has worked closely with Turner for 13 years with a direct involvement in developing corporate strategy and initiatives across the company’s consumer and industrial product sectors.

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Study 2504, The Freedonia Group, Inc., Cleveland, 2009, 507 p., USD 6,100.00

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Kraton Polymers LLC, a producer of engineered polymers, announced a general price increase in North and South America of USD 220.00 per metric tonne (USD 0.10 per lb.), across all markets and end uses, for its SBS, SEBS, OE SBS, and OE SEBS polymers and compounds.

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13. August 2009

TPEs at NPE

At NPE several suppliers of thermoplastic elastomers showed new products. Among them where Teknor Apex Inc. with Telcar OBC, a thermoplastic elastomer compound based on Infuse brand olefinic block copolymers licensed from Dow.

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Kraton Polymers LLC has announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009.

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