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In mid-April Dr. Georg Weyer, 52, was appointed as new Chairman of the Board of SaarGummi Group. He succeeds Rolf Zimmermann, who headed the company in the last six months. Under Zimmermann's operative responsibility, the owner company Odewald und Cie, the creditor banks, and the federal state government worked out a refinancing concept for the SaarGummi Group and commenced to focus the business on the automotive sector.

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Possible full scale US production facility targeted for 2012

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Engel and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said they have made a cooperation agreement concerning the marketing of large-scale Engel multi-component injection moulding machines for Japanese customers. The purpose is to distribute the Austrian duo combi-machines with clamping forces 1,000 tons and lower in Japan jointly under the brand name “Mitsubishi-Engel”.

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Kuraray announced that it has decided to establish a local subsidiary in Brazil to accelerate core business development in South America.

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Biesterfeld Plastic GmbH, a pan-European distributor of a range of ExxonMobil polymer brands, will now distribute Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanisates (TPVs) and Vistamaxx propylene-based elastomers in Portugal and Morocco, and Exxtral performance polyolefins in the UK and Ireland.

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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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