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On 16 January 2019, an alliance of global companies from the plastics and consumer goods value chain launched a new organisation to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean. The cross value chain Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), currently made up of nearly thirty member companies, has committed over USD 1.0 billion with the goal of investing USD 1.5 billion over the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment.

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“Our PA 12 elastomer is extremely lightweight thanks to its low density,” says Klaus Hülsmann, plastics expert in the Consumer Goods market segment of Evonik. (Source: Evonik)

In 1979, Evonik launched the thermoplastic elastomer polyether block amide (PEBA) under the brand name Vestamid E from its largest global production site in the Marl Chemical Park. Whether in sports equipment, hydraulic pressure lines in trucks, medical devices or 3D printed high-tech parts, these polyamide 12 elastomers kept finding their way into new demanding applications over the past four decades. Right from the beginning, the polymer has stood out for its excellent low-temperature impact resistance, chemical resistance, high elasticity and good resilience. It was easy to process, dye or over-mold. From the beginning, the TPE offered a uniquely balanced property profile that enabled design-free implementation of demanding applications.

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The KraussMaffei Group announced that it has completed its listing on the Shanghai stock exchange on 28/29 December 2018. The listing occurred through the transfer of ChemChina’s stake in KraussMaffei to its majority owned subsidiary THY (Qingdao Tianhua Institute of Chemistry Engineering), which is listed on the Shanghai stock exchange. In addition, THY has taken over ChemChina’s production site in Sanming, China. New injection moulding machines for the Chinese market will be manufactured at this site in the future. Dr. Frank Stieler and Dr. Harald Nippel, CEO and CFO of KraussMaffei, will lead the new integrated mechanical engineering company. The combined business will operate under the brand KraussMaffei. KraussMaffei generates more than 80 % of the approximately EUR 1.5 billion revenue of the total entity.

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Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge) has begun construction of its 5th polypropylene unit within the company's plant in the Ruwais region of the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. Once the project comes on stream in the third quarter of 2021, it will boast a production capacity of 480,000 t/y, said a statement from Borouge, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and Borealis of Austria. This new plant will help boost its polypropylene capacity by more than 25 per cent to 2.24 million t/y and unlock new opportunities to boost the local economy, it added.

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Ravago’s Aliağa (Izmir) production plant (Source: Ravago)

Luxembourg-based plastics supplier Ravago has announced an expansion of its manufacturing capacities in Europe by increasing the production of TPEs and engineering plastics at its brand new Aliağa (Izmir) production plant in Turkey. This will bring the TPE capacity at that site to 40,000 t/y. The Aliağa site will thus become the largest production complex of Ravago with a capacity of 250,000 t/y.

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On 9 January 2019, Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE, and Lin Shaochun, Vice Governor of Guangdong Province, signed a Framework Agreement in Ludwigshafen, Germany, setting out further details of BASF’s plan to establish a new Verbund site in Guangdong, China. Following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in July 2018, the company has selected the city of Zhanjiang as the location for its second Verbund site in China.

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On 31 December 2018, Lanxess announced that it has completed the sale of its remaining 50 % interest in the synthetic rubber company Arlanxeo to Saudi Aramco. All relevant antitrust authorities have granted the necessary approvals for the transaction announced in August 2018, said the company.

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On 26 December 2018, the joint venture Kuraray GC Advanced Materials Co., Ltd. announced that it will invest in a butadiene derivatives plant at the WHA Eastern Industrial Estate (Map Ta Phut Complex), Rayong Province, Thailand.

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TactoTek announced that Faurecia has signed a licensing agreement to design and manufacture IMSE solutions for its automotive customers.

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Borealis has announced the appointment of Lucrèce Foufopoulos-De Ridder to the Borealis Executive Board as Executive Vice President Polyolefins and Innovation & Technology, effective from 1 January 2019. In this capacity, she succeeds Alfred Stern, who previously held this position and was appointed Borealis CEO in July 2018.

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The GTB Global Trade Berlin GmbH with its premium brands BlackRock and WhiteDiamonds has developed a new series of design cases for the Apple iPhone products XS, XS Max and XR. The series features a particularly robust material, a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from Covestro with elastic and rigid components offering high impact and abrasion resistance.

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