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According to Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, plastic products have become an integral part of almost every area of life. Plastic packaging extends the shelf life of food, plastic parts in cars reduce their weight and thus CO2 emissions. In medicine, plastics ensure maximum hygiene standards and make medical products safe. Despite its many advantages, this important raw material has come into disrepute for some time now – because of the plastic waste that pollutes entire regions and floats in huge carpets on the world’s oceans. But this problem can be solved. As the concept of “circular economy” plays a central role in this, it has become a hot topic at K 2019, which will take place from 16 – 23 October 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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On 7 August 2019, Lawrence J. Johnson has been appointed new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Saargummi Group. Johnson will take over from Michael Lorig, who has decided to pursue new opportunities outside the group. Lorig has been working for the group since 2007, where he held various positions, notably Chief Operations Officer and, since September 2014, Chief Executive Officer.

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The Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University will highlight three research projects at K 2019: Digitalisation in injection moulding, additive manufacturing, and plasma coating for particularly small parts.

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Songwon Industrial Group announced the unexpected death of Maurizio Butti on 7 September 2019. Butti was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Board Member of the company, a position he held since March 2016. Prior to this role, he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Songwon and a member of the group’s Executive Committee.

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The association of the European adhesive and sealant industry Feica announced that 650 participants from 34 countries attended the 2019 European Adhesive & Sealant Conference and Expo to discuss the industry’s sustainable supply chain management, market drivers and trends, innovative solutions and technological advancements.

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Huntsman will showcase the wide range of polyurethane systems it provides to the global plastics industry. Taking centre stage will be Huntsman’s brand new Iroprint additive manufacturing platform. In parallel, Huntsman’s global elastomers team will highlight its capabilities in film and sheet, hot cast elastomers, wire and cable, regulated markets, PU Elastomers, and footwear.

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The K 2019 trade fair for plastics and rubber will take place from 16 – 23 October 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany, where the VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association will shine the spotlight on the recycling sector and show how closed loops can work effectively. A series of interviews is shedding light on why it is doing this and the significance of the "Circular Economy" for member companies of the association. In this interview, Andreas Lichtenauer, Managing Partner, Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH, will give his views on the subject.

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ExxonMobil announced that it will demonstrate at its pavilion at the fairground between halls 10 and 16 how, by working together and utilising combined expertise, customers across the value chain can create differentiated sustainable solutions for a range of applications including packaging, automotive, consumer products, agriculture, building and construction, hygiene and personal care, and lubricants.

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Sibur and Tatneft have signed a letter of intent with respect to Togliatti-based petrochemical facilities. Under the deal, Sibur plans to sell and Tatneft plans to acquire certain production and other assets that are currently registered in the name of Sibur Togliatti and Togliattisintez legal entities. The assets include production facilities for various types of synthetic rubber used by leading tyre manufacturers, for MTBE (high-octane fuel component), butadiene, isoprene, and other intermediates, as well as infrastructure of the industrial park accommodating a number of chemical and other technological companies.

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Internationally operating chemicals distributor Nordmann (former NRC) will be exhibiting at K 2019 in Düsseldorf together with several of its partners: Francesco Franceschetti Elastomeri (FFE), Honeywell, Kraton, Nyacol and PMC. For Nordmann, this year’s fair will mean focusing on raw materials that meet the market’s high demand for sustainability in plastics.

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