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Asahi Kasei has announced its decision to discontinue its business for Asaflex clear styrenic block copolymer.  The product line has been manufactured at the company’s Kawasaki Works since 1982. Recently, however, with the deterioration of its profitability caused by environmental factors such as obscure business prospects in major markets, it has become difficult to formulate a strategy for future expansion. The decision was thus made to discontinue the business, the company said in a statement issued in 27 August. The production stop is scheduled for 31 March 2023, stop of sales will be 30 September 2023.

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On 27 September 2021, BASF announced that it has curtailed its ammonia production at its production sites in Antwerp, Belgium, and Ludwigshafen, Germany.

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On 27 September 2021, Safic-Alcan announced that it has acquired 100 % of Rit-Chem Co., Inc., a boutique chemical distributor specialising in the performance and life science sectors in the USA. Rit-Chem will become part of the ChemSpec organisation in the USA, the American affiliate of the Safic-Alcan Group. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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At Fakuma 2021 Boy will present an electromechanically operated ejector for its larger Boy 50 to Boy 125 injection moulding machines. The main features of the optionally available electromechanical ejector are an operating mode that is independent of the main drive of the injection moulding machine, adjustable speed profiles (up to 500 mm/s) with high accuracy and dynamics, and an exact track-positioning of the ejector with synchronisation of ejector and handling-movement.

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Hotter and BASF have joined hands to provide greater energy return in the footwear brand’s market-leading comfort shoes. The expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU) Infinergy from BASF provides exceptional cushioning. Professionals who are constantly on the go benefit from the material in particular as it returns the energy in each step, reducing fatigue and dampening shock on joints.

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The former SPE Special Interest Group (SIG) has been renamed to TPE Technical Interest Group (TIG). This expert group within the organisation of the Society of Plastics Engineers in the US promotes the technology and applications of thermoplastic elastomers in conferences, workshops, and industry contacts.

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DL Chemical Co., Ltd. a subsidiary of DL Holdings Co., Ltd. (formerly Daelim Industrial Co., Ltd.), will acquire 100 % of US company Kraton in an all-cash transaction implying an enterprise value of approximately USD 2.5 billion. Kraton stockholders will receive USD 46.50 in cash for each share. As part of the transaction DL Chemical has conveyed that they have fully committed financing. This was announced by the companies on 27 September 2021.

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The international chemical distributor Nordmann will present itself at the upcoming Fakuma 2021, together with its partners and co-exhibitors Marfran (formerly FFE), Voelpker, PMC, UBE and Repol.

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Emilio López (Source: Engel)

Emilio López has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Engel de Mexico SA de CV. He succeeds Peter Auinger, who retired on 1 September 2021.

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The Roehmheld Group will present a coordinated concept for the efficient change and handling of dies or moulds throughout the entire process chain for the first time at the Fakuma 2021. Dies or moulds can be handled easily, quickly and safely from removal to transport up to positioning and clamping on the machine.

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