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Hexpol has signed an agreement to acquire 100 % of Unión de Industrias C.A., S.A. (Unica) from Espiga Capital, a Spanish based Private Equity firm on 12 April 2021 Unica is a significant player in Rubber Compounds in Spain, supplying several demanding customers in the automotive, construction and agriculture sectors.

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Marcello Boldrini (Source: Kraton)

Marcello Boldrini, Kraton's Senior Vice President and Chemical Segment President, has been appointed to the additional role of Chief Sustainability Officer for Kraton Corporation in March 2021. In his expanded role, Marcello Boldrini will assume responsibility for Kraton's global Sustainability strategy and related initiatives.

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Jun Inoue (Source: Kuraray)

Jun Inoue is joining the management of Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) as co-managing director, alongside Dr. Matthias Gutweiler. Speciality chemicals producer Kuraray has its European headquarters in Hattersheim, Germany, and production facilities at Höchst Industrial Park in Frankfurt and in Troisdorf. Jun Inoue will also be in charge of the Advanced Materials division. In addition to the speciality chemicals business, he will therefore be responsible for the Elastomer, Dental, Industry and Microfibres business units. He intends to drive forward the focus on high-performance materials in Germany and Europe. Priorities are materials with a strong sustainability profile and the establishment of innovative 5G technologies for production and service. Jun Inoue takes over from Naoya Uehara, who is moving to a new management role at Kuraray in Japan.

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According to data from the MECS-AMAPLAST (national trade association and member of Confindustria) Statistical Studies Centre, which were analysed accounting for ISTAT data, last year revenues for Italian plastics and rubber equipment manufacturers recorded a drop of 11.4 % to a total value of EUR 3.9 billion, after the record peak in 2017, substantially continuing into 2018, then followed by a cyclical setback in 2019.

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Conair has launched the new Eco air-cooled chillers, which are designed for outdoor installation and providing chilled water to plastics processing equipment indoors. According to the company, the packaged chillers are rugged enough to function efficiently under almost any ambient conditions, while providing a process-temperature set-point range that is among the widest in the industry.

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Axel Sebbesse (Source: Otto Krahn Group)

Axel Sebbesse will become a Managing Director of the Otto Krahn Group and assume the role of Chief Development Officer (CDO). His future areas of responsibility will include Strategy, Corporate Development, M&A, New Business, and People & Culture. In addition to the Krahn Chemie Group, Otto Krahn Group Holding also includes the plastics distributor Albis, the compounder Mocom, and the plastics recycler Wipag. Sebbesse worked for Albis from 2007 until he became a Krahn Chemie Group Managing Director in 2008. He has been managing the Group since then along with Dr. Rolf Kuropka.

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Hospital beds have special features both for the comfort and well-being of the patient and for the convenience of health care workers. People may focus on features that include adjustable height for the entire bed, the head, and the feet, adjustable side rails, and electronic buttons to operate both the bed and other nearby electronic devices. However, there is an unremarkable part that could cause inconvenience or discomfort to the patient if it is malfunctioned - a caster.

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Trinseo and BASF have launched a new cooperation project, the production of styrene based on circular feedstock. Trinseo has recently been procuring first supplies of the synthetical chemical styrene based on circular feedstock from BASF for use in its Solution-Styrene Butadiene Rubber (S-SBR) and polystyrene products. Trinseo supplies S-SBR to major tires manufacturers while its PS products are used in applications such as food packaging and appliances. The first few customers have already processed the material.

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Kraiburg TPE is presenting a new series of compounds with high content of recycled materials. With at least a 20 % proportion of postindustrial recycled materials, these compounds meet the OEMs’ high requirements and contribute to building a circular plastics economy. The company said that it has made intensive efforts to understand the future requirements of European OEMs. As a result it is now presenting the new RC/UV series targeted to meet the high requirements for OEMs’ automotive exteriors such as weathering resistance and a high surface quality, using a proportion of postindustrial recycled materials ranging from a minimum of 20 % to a maximum of 40 %. These product solutions will enable suppliers to replace current components with recycled materials-based thermoplastic elastomers.

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Dr. Prakash Sanjeevaiah (Source: Star Thermoplastics Alloys & Rubbers, Inc.)

Star Thermoplastics Alloys & Rubbers has announced the appointment of Dr. Prakash Sanjeevaiah as Vice President of Technology. He joined the company in 2008 as Manager, Research and Development. Over the past decade he has made significant technical and commercial contributions which led to his advancement to Director of Technology in early 2018. Several new products have been commercialised under his technical leadership, contributing to Star's revenue growth. In addition to managing Star's technology organisation, Prakash Sanjeevaiah is leading all IT functions, Scale Up and Quality. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the TPE Special Interest Group of SPE. He is also very active in the SPE and RAPRA conferences as a thought leader and presenter.

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Avient has announced a global expansion of its reSound R recycled-content TPE range. This includes the launch of new grades in Europe that contain over 80 % recycled content, as well as versions in North America and Asia that are compatible with PC, ABS, and PC/ABS overmolding.

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