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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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PolyOne has introduced a new line of USP Class VI colourants for medical devices called OnColor HC Gamma Stable Color Concentrates. These products formulated to eliminate colour shift and minimise property reductions in medical polymers after devices are sterilised. Traditional sterilisation procedures – ethylene oxide, gamma irradiation, autoclave steam sterilisation, and e-beam methods – tend to reduce physical properties and increase colour shift in medical plastics.

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The Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI) has announced that the NPE2012, the next edition of the triennial NPE international plastics exposition, will take place 1 – 5 April 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA.

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At this year’s Fakuma the VTC TPE Group once again co-exhibited with its German distributor, Nordmann Rassmann, Hamburg. The group showcased the latest developments in their three TPE brands: Mediprene for medical device applications Dryflex for industrial and consumer applications and Marfran for winter sports and footwear markets.

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