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Brenntag North America, Inc., has opened a new full line distribution centre in Toledo, OH, USA. Located in the Great Lakes region, this facility comprises approx. 230,000 sqft. and will be used for storage and distribution of chemical, specialty, and ingredient products.

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From Asahi Kasei Plastics North America comes SoForm, a new engineered resin series as part of the Thermylene family, the company’s portfolio of specialty chemically coupled glass fibre reinforced polypropylenes.

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Nolato has signed an agreement to acquire US-based GW Plastics. The acquisition price, including contingent consideration, is estimated at approximately SEK 2 billion.

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On 14 July 2020, the Feddersen Group acquired 75 % of the shares in the Norwegian company Protec Scandinavia AS and 100 % of the shares in Protec Scandinavia Sweden AB from Pemel Holding AS. Both companies trade in machinery and equipment for the plastics processing industry and represent long-established manufacturers in this segment.

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Avient (former PolyOne) has made a significant step further in the expansion of its portfolio to support circular economy by adding production of both bio-based thermoplastic elastomers and post-industrial recycled nylon grades in Europe. The company said that this strengthened sustainability portfolio will support circular economy goals and provide additional eco-conscious material options for EU customers.

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A new TPE series from Teknor Apex meets stringent German standards for drinking water applications and can be used in a wide range of components for direct and indirect contact with potable water. The Monprene RG-14000 series have been tested and approved by German laboratories for compliance with drinking water hygiene standards.

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Huntsman is celebrating 45 years since the launch of its Krystalgran surface protection products. The anniversary coincides with Huntsman increasing the manufacturing capacity of its Ringwood site in Illinois, USA, where it produces its Krystalgran non-optical aliphatic TPU pellets and its range of Krystalflex optical aliphatic TPU films.

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Mocom is expanding its extensive TPV portfolio with a new Eco product line. The TPV (PP+EPDM) grades grouped under the name Alfater XL Eco are based on high-quality post-industrial recyclates and/or renewable raw materials, and offer a resource-saving solution for flexible technical applications.

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Repsol and Acteco will implement a project to increase the capacity for production of high quality recycled polyolefins at Acteco’s plant in Ibi, Alicante, Spain. The recycled product from this plant will be included in the Repsol Reciclex range, designed for high-value applications and those with high technical requirements.

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On 11 August 2020, BASF opened the doors of its first-ever global Footwear Innovation Center in Taiwan, a key footwear manufacturing hub in Asia. Located within the footwear manufacturing site of its strategic partner Longterm Concept (LTC) in Changhua, Taiwan, the BASF Footwear Innovation Center will bring footwear professionals, manufacturers, and designers together to co-create new-generation footwear.

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