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After two years in development a new type of cork bathmat is now going into serial production.

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At the trade show, the Italian company F.lli Maris S.p.a. will inform about its co-rotating twin-screw extruders and complete lines for the compounding of plastic materials and rubber.

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A new series of completely oil/plasticiser-free TPEs has been developed by Elastocon TPE Technologies, Inc., Rochester, IL, USA.

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Purac announces the investment in a new manufacturing facility for its biomedical polymers. The plant is meant to support the growing resorbable polymers business of Purac Biomaterials.

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The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is recruiting speakers for the Asiatec 2011 conference, a technical conference designed as an Asian counterpart to Antec in North America.

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Since February 2002 geobra Brandstätter (”Playmobil“) uses small injection moulding machines from babyplast (Christmann Kunststofftechnik GmbH, Kierspe, Germany).

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Many people have long since stopped seeing environmental protection solely in terms of nature conservation. For some years now, consumers and experts alike have also been interested in the emissions to which they may be exposed in building interiors. The European Commission has therefore called on governments to ensure that by 2010 half of their construction projects comply with a range of progressive environmental criteria.

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Arburg recently inaugurated a new Technology Center in Budapest, Hungary.

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RTP Company has opened a sales office and warehouse in Brazil. It is located in Alphaville, Barueri, Brazil near Sao Paulo and will provide sales support and a distribution point to Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.

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US demand for cups and lids is expected to increase 4.4 percent per year to USD 8.2 billion in 2014. Gains will be driven by expanding foodservice revenues and favorable prospects for foodservice packaging cups. In addition, cup and lid demand will be supported by heightened emphasis on premium coffee by quick service restaurants and continued introductions of alternative beverages in foodservice establishments to offset the maturity of the soft drinks segment. Moreover, value gains will be bolstered by increasing demand for environmentally friendly cups, such as cups made from higher-value biodegradable resins or recycled content. These and other trends are presented in Cups & Lids, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., Cleveland, USA.

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