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Kraton Polymers LLC recently commercialised the Nexar polymer product family.

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A new market study presented by Freedonia presents industry forecasts for the international TPE markets. According to the study world demand for thermoplastic elastomers is forecast to rise 5.9 % per year through 2013 to 4.75 million tonnes.

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The VTC TPE Group has recently launched Dryflex, a new family of TPO compounds based on Infuse olefin block copolymers from Dow.

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According to statistics of the Italian Plastics and Rubber Processing Machinery and Moulds Manufacturers’ Association Assocomaplast, in the first semester of 2009, the Italian exports of plastics and rubber machinery decreased by 32 % in value with respect to the same period of last year. However, German manufacturers, the main competitors of the sectoral made in Italy, recorded an even worse drop of -37 %.

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In the white goods segment sealing systems are used in a variety of equipments, such as washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and deep-freezers.

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Krahn Chemie GmbH with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, has established a subsidiary in Poland.

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Dow has announced the opening of a new laboratory for its Elastomers Business.

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Effective 1 July 2009 Hamburg-based distributor Biesterfeld Plastic has extended the cooperation for Santoprene TPV as well as Vistamaxx from Exxon­Mobil Chemical to Turkey and Middle East/Africa.

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With the Tracel G 6800 series of blowing agents for TPEs Tramaco has developed a new solution to overcome a well-known problem: Encapsulated physical blowing agents (so-called microspheres) for injection moulding and extrusion of TPEs are often limited to relatively low processing temperatures. The new series opens up a much wider range of applications as the products enable processing temperatures even above 200 °C.

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Kraton announced a general price increase in Europe, Africa and the Middle East of EUR 75/mt across all markets and end uses, for its SBS and OE SBS polymers. Subject to the terms of any applicable contracts, the price increase will take effect November 1, 2009, said the company in a press release from 1 October.

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