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News agency Bloomberg reported that on 25 November 2009, Sinopec China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., China’s biggest oil refiner, and US buyout firm Texas Pacific Group (TPG) have made a bid for bankrupt chemicals company LyondellBasell Industries that could rival Reliance Industries’ offer of about USD 12 billion.

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Arkema has introduced new nanostructured thermoplastic materials that are said to combine flexibility, thermomechanical stability, chemical resistance, and adhesiveness.

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The worldwide operating manufacturer of soft thermoplastic elastomers Kraiburg TPE presented in Friedrichshafen its broad portfolio of materials for applications in the medical, automotive, industry and consumer area.

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The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, Inc. (IISRP) will honour two of its outstanding leaders at its next Annual General Meeting in Dubai, UAE, in April 2010. Jacques Collonge, retired from Eliokem, will be the recipient of the General Award and Yasuhiko Takemura, retired from JSR, will receive the Technical Award.

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Todd Prey, who is currently Vice President for Plastics, Fluids, and Polyurethanes within Dow Automotive Systems, will add business leadership responsibilities for Body Structure, Energy Management and Commercial Transportation.

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Since 1 July 2009 Hamburg-based plastics distributor K.D. Feddersen operates with an affiliated company in the UK, K.D. Feddersen UK Ltd. based in the area of Birmingham.

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Capitalizing on its experience in castor oil chemistry, Arkema has developed Pebax Rnew100, a range of TPEs produced entirely from renewable raw materials.

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The O2-RESQ System for providing immediate ventilation in cases of congestive heart failure and other respiratory distress includes a face mask with a soft, rounded elastomeric cushion that fits comfortably on the patient’s face and is free of odour, according to manufacturer Pulmodyne, Inc., based in Indianapolis, IN, USA.

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Cinpres is set to expand its global sales and service support by appointing Muehsam Cooling Automation & Technology, based in Warsaw, as a representative to cover the Polish market.

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According to a statement from LyondellBasell, the company “has received a preliminary non-binding offer from Reliance Industries Limited to acquire for cash a controlling interest in the company contemporaneously with the company's emergence from Chapter 11 reorganisation.”

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