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Elastocon has expanded its STK series of products for overmoulding onto PC, ABS, PC/ABS and acrylic with new elements, the STK 50 and STK70 grades.

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iSmithers has issued a call for papers for its 2011 TPE conference. It will take place 8-9 November 2011, Brussels Sheraton Hotel, Belgium. Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 March 2011.

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DSM Engineering Plastics has agreed to sell its Yparex adhesives business to Resin (Products & Technology) B. V., a Netherlands-based compounding company. The sale is expected to close in Q1 2011. Financial details will not be disclosed.

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Kraton has announced the refinancing of its existing indebtedness. In a statement issued 14 February the company announced the completion of the following transactions:

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Chinaplas 2011, the 25th international exhibition on the plastics and rubber industries, will be held from 17 – 20 May 2011 in the largest exhibition hall in Asia, the China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex, Guangzhou, China. According to the organiser, the event is the largest plastics and rubber exhibition in Asia and one of the most influential exhibitions of its kind in the world. The exhibition will cover a total area of more than 160,000 m2. The event is expected to attract more than 2,200 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions and will feature 11 pavilions hosted by Austria, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, UK, USA, China, and Taiwan. The organisers expect about 80,000 visitors, 18 % of whom are overseas visitors from more than 130 countries and regions.

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OnFlex S High Temperature TPE from PolyOne was chosen by Mexico’s Vacman Internacional SA de CV to replace chloroprene rubber in five seals and gaskets used in a wet vacuum.

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Kraton Polymers LLC announces a general price increase in the Asia Pacific region of 250 USD/t for all its HSBC polymers and compounds.

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On 10 February 2011 Kuraray has announced its decision to increase the prices of hydrogenated styrenic thermoplastic elastomers Septon, Hybrar, and "TU polymer” in the Americas, Europe and Asia for shipments commencing 1 March 2011.

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Dana Holding Corporation has broken ground for a USD 20 million technical center in Pune, India. The new facility, Dana's fifteenth technical center globally, will enhance the company's engineering capabilities in India by providing design, testing, and analytical support for each of its primary markets – automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway – all under one roof. The facility is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2011.

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Lion Copolymer, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, has announced the global introduction of Sabor acrylonitrile-styrene-butadiene terpolymer (NSBR).

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