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Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) announced that it has selected a location in the USA for a world-scale polymerisation plant for its Expancel expandable microspheres. Advanced engineering is under way and long delivery item procurement has started. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2020, subject to final board approval, said Nouryon.

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Effective from 1 April 2019, Dr. Michael J. Ruf will take up the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the KraussMaffei Group. The COO is a newly created role within the Executive Committee, strengthening the company’s management team. The Executive Committee currently consists of CEO Frank Stieler, CFO Harald Nippel and the heads of the four business segments Injection Molding Machinery (IMM), Extrusion Technology (EXT), Reaction Process Machinery (RPM), and Digital Service Solutions (DSS).

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FRX Polymers Inc., a supplier of polymeric halogen-free flame retardant solutions, has been named to the “2019 Global Cleantech 100 List”, which recognizes the world’s leaders in sustainable innovation. The company, which earned the distinction for the sixth time in the last ten years, was recognized for its successful commercial work for its Nofia flame retardant products. Cleantech Group released the tenth Global Cleantech 100 report on 28 January 2019 at its annual Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, CA, USA.

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Huntsman’s footwear team announced the launch of two new Avalon TPU grades and three new water-blown polyurethane technologies at Simac 2019.

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28. February 2019

Gunnarsson leaves Hexpol

Karin Gunnarsson has decided to leave her position as Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations Manager in the Hexpol Group for new challenges, including commitments in new and existing board assignments. The group announced that Gunnarsson will remain in her position during the notice period and possibly longer, until a successor is in place which is estimated to be during the fall 2019.

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The third edition of Foam Expo North America will take place from 26 – 28 March 2019 in Novi, MI, USA. According to the organiser, Smarter Shows, the event is North America's first free-to-attend exhibition and conference for the manufacturers and buyers of technical foam materials, products and services.

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Pharmaceutical packaging is obliged to comply with many functions. And it has a huge influence on the quality, effectiveness and applicability of pharmaceuticals. This particularly applies for primary packaging, i.e. packaging which comes or can potentially come into direct contact with the dosage form, such as ampoules, ready-to-fill syringes, blister packs, pharmaceutical stoppers or other types of pharmaceutical seals. Therefore, the requirement profile – protection, safety, compatibility and function – needs to be complied with as early as the packaging development phase. Furthermore, test certificates in accordance with USP 381 are required for pharmaceutical stoppers (and other pharmaceutical seals) as primary packaging. What is behind all this? As a general rule, the USP 381 regulates the properties of pharmaceutical seals (elastomeric closures for injections). Specifically, it includes both the certificate of bio-compatibility and physical-chemical tests and functional tests.

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Kraton announced on 19 February 2019 that it has initiated a process to review strategic alternatives for its Cariflex isoprene rubber (IR) business, which may result in a sale of that business.

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On 17 January 2019, Evonik announced that it has acquired Structured Polymers Inc., a technology startup for 3D printing materials headquartered in Austin, TX, USA. A corresponding agreement and plan of merger was executed and the transaction has been closed recently.

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The US TPE compounder Star Thermoplastic Alloys & Rubbers has introduced new StarSoft cushioning gel materials. They are well suited for uses in sports equipment, gel bike seats and shoe inserts. The company also recommends them for use with medical models and adult novelties that require lifelike anatomical simulation. The materials in Shore hardnesses of 00 or 000 are supplied in pelletised form, slabs or slurry.

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