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Following long-standing practice, ANTEC 2010 marks the beginning of one-year terms for new officers of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). The society installs Ken J. Braney as its new President, succeeding Dr. Paul G. Andersen. Braney is Managing Director of Thermoforming Solutions Ltd., based in the UK. At ANTEC 2011, Braney will be succeeded by the new President-elect, Russell C. Broome, who is Global Business Development Manager for PolyOne Corporation.

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Kraton Polymers LLC announced a general price increase in Europe, Africa and the Middle East of EUR 200.00 per tonne for its SIS, SIBS, SBS, and OE SBS polymers and compounds. This increase is in addition to the previous increase of EUR 150.00 per tonne for the company's SIS and SIBS polymers announced 30 April 2010 effective 1 June 2010.

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PolyOne GLS has signed a sales agency agreement with Nactor Consultoria & Representação Comercial Ltda of São Paulo, Brazil. Under the terms of this agreement, Nactor will spearhead market development for PolyOne’s GLS materials in Brazil, and will assist and support customers in developing new applications.

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Kraiburg TPE Corporation, a manufacturer of tailor-made thermoplastic elastomers based on hydrogenated styrene block copolymers, announced a new strategic partnership with Chase Plastics Services to distribute Thermolast TPE compounds in North America.

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As a result of continued escalations in the costs of key raw materials, effective 1 May 2010, DSM has increased prices on a global basis for its Arnitel and Arnite products by at least 10%.

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Lanxess more than tripled EBITDA pre exceptionals to EUR 233 million in the first quarter of 2010 due to improved economic conditions worldwide, in particular in Asia and Latin America. Above all, the company’s worldwide synthetic rubber activities benefited from a strong demand in countries such as China and Brazil.

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Merquinsa today announced its participation at PDM 2010, held from 18 – 20 May 2010 at Telford International Centre, UK, where the company will present its renewable TPU commercial applications at its distributor’s stand: Ultrapolymers.

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Trelleborg Automotive is strengthening its position in the area of anti-vibration products for light vehicles by establishing a fully-owned production in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

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When most people think about rubber, the first thing that comes to mind is probably car tyres. After all, we see them everywhere on our streets and roads, and many of us have to ensure that they are regularly inspected and replaced.

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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. The two companies are jointly investing USD 50 million (EUR 36 million) in a new plant that will produce NBR in Nantong, north-west of Shanghai, for the Chinese market. The plant will have an initial capacity of 30 kt/y and employ about 100 people.

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