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BASF announced that its new Elastollan Soft Touch Feel thermoplastic polyurethane series creates new design possibilities with its exceptional touch, feel, and performance. With Meiban’s laser texturing Innovation Meiban Skin (IMS) technology, Elastollan is making headway in the consumer electronics accessories market.

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F.l.t.r.: Davide Pagliarulo, Tiziano Caprara, Tobias Daniel (Source: KraussMaffei)

Tiziano Caprara has taken the position of Managing Director at KraussMaffei Italia. Caprara succeeds Andrea Bottelli, who headed the Italian subsidiary initially for the Netstal brand (now KraussMaffei High Performance) and since 2013 also for the KraussMaffei brand, successfully developing the Injection Molding machinery business in Italy.

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Songwon announced on 7 December that prices for all its products will be raised by 2-5 %, depending on business line and region. The company said that these price increases are a consequence of the sudden escalation of freight rates that took place on most routes. The new prices are effective as of 1 January 2021, or as contracts allow.

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In order to provide TPE customers and interested parties with a platform for exchanging information and innovation in these challenging times, Kraiburg TPE has launched the digital TPE Expert Talks. The virtual event took place 12-15 October.

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Beginning of December 2020 the company announced a name change: Francesco Franceschetti Elastomeri is now Marfran. Ten years after the "management buyout" from which Francesco Franceschetti Elastomeri emerged, the Italian compounder is continuing its success story: a decade-long history that began in 1987 and which continues today with ever new impulses and inspirations that further enrich the product range and the service portfolio.

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Perstorp announced that it has developed a production concept to produce methanol from a large variety of recovered end-of-life streams and hydrogen from electrolysis. Project AIR will build a first-of-a-kind, large scale, commercial Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) unit to produce sustainable methanol. The methanol plant will be unique in the sense that it is a combined CCU and gasification process where CO2, residue streams, renewable hydrogen and biomethane will be converted to methanol. Perstorp plans to do this in cooperation with Fortum, Uniper and Nature Energy.

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Technical articles:Mocom, compounder of thermoplastic polymers and former division of Albis Plastic, addresses the worldwide trend to circular economy and sustainable plastic solutions by offering TPV products from recycled and partially biobased raw materials. Stefan Zepnik talks about properties and potential applications of these innovative materials.

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Americhem has acquired Controlled Polymers, a Danish manufacturer of customized compounds and masterbatch for the medical industry. Americhem has bought 100 % of the shares from Controlled Polymers’ former owners Blue Equity and Chrispa ApS. The company said that Controlled Polymers will seamlessly integrate with Americhem Engineered Compounds by blending the companies’ product lines together to create a full range of offerings for the medical plastics industry. Their products complement Americhem Engineered Compounds’ specialized portfolio in medical devices and healthcare applications with Controlled Polymers’ worldwide experience in the hearing aid industry.

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The framas group has announced a major strategic expansion of machinery. The investments includes four state-of-the-art two-shot injection moulding machines supplied by Arburg. Framas said that the new equipment creates new possibilities in the development and manufacture of footwear components.

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According to several expert projections, the world may produce over 400 million tons of plastic waste annually by 2030. In the face of these forecasts, many brands have committed to increasing the amount of recycled plastics in their products. Avient developed recycled-content materials to enable customers to achieve their goals and add options for the circular economy. The company has launched several new post-consumer recycled (PCR) and post-industrial recycled (PIR) portfolios under the reSound R brand name: reSound R VX TPEs, reSound R ND polyamides, and reSound R PC polycarbonates.

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