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Materials that are used in sensitive areas such as the food and toy sectors usually have to fulfill numerous standards and special regulations. With the Alfater XL 4FC series, Mocom offers a natural colored TPV solution for such regulated applications.

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Versalis has acquired on an exclusive basis the technology and plants of Ecoplastic, an Italian company of the De Berg group specializing in the recovery, recycling and transformation chain of styrenic polymers. The agreement guarantees Versalis the expertise developed by Ecoplastic, allowing it to accelerate developments in mechanical recycling and expand the portfolio of the Versalis Revive range of recycled polymers.

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Arburg will attend the formnext 2021 exhibition in Frankfurt from 16 to 19 November 2021 (stand D131, Hall 12.1). The highlight at the stand will be medical implants made of Vestakeep PEEK, but Arburg will be again showing a range of interesting elastomer AM applications. A Freeformer 300-3X produces a two-component gripper made from PC/ABS and TPU, designed for delicate removal tasks in Arburg’s injection moulding process. The key element is a soft TPU membrane that expands using compressed air to fit form.

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In July 2021 Covestro has extensively realigned its organizational structure. The former three segments Polyurethanes (PUR), Polycarbonates (PCS), and Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties (CAS) have been restructured to form seven new entities. TPE Magazine had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Andrea Maier-Richter, the new Head of Covestro’s Business Unit Thermoplastic Polyurethanes, about these new developments.

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Although digital technology has changed our lives dramatically, writing is a passion, and it forms the basis of our education system. Elastron has developed special eraser products, the D103 series, suitable for use in schools and offices.

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On 14 September 2021, Royal DSM announced it is simplifying its operating structure and reorganising its Health, Nutrition & Bioscience activities into three Business Groups. At the same time, DSM confirmed it has started a review of strategic options for both Materials businesses, including a sale.

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Thomas Nilsson, managing director HEXPOL TPE AB and Georg Brunstam, President and CEO HEXPOL Group, with members of the HEXPOL board and local management team in Åmål. (Source: Hexpol TPE)

Hexpol TPE has announced a 57 Million SEK investment at their company in Åmål, Sweden, to support increasing demand and evolving market requirements. The investment will expand production capacity and ensure product safety standards across their materials portfolio. A new production hall is being constructed, dedicated to medical production, with strict cleanliness, traceability, and reproducibility controls. It has been designed to minimise contamination risks and will house a new twin-screw compounding line with gravimetric feeders and advanced monitoring systems adopted for medical production. Construction of the new production hall began in September 2021. The aim is to complete the project by autumn 2022.

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Agilyx Corp. said it has been granted a patent continuation for its process of breaking down waste polystyrene (PS) into its chemical building block, styrene monomer. The continuation of US patent number 11,041,123 further confirms Agilyx’s depolymerization technology extends to the breaking down of all waste plastic polymers into their respective discrete monomers and is not only limited to PS.

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Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producer Kem One Group has entered into exclusive negotiations to divest the company to funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management (Apollo Funds). Kem One has eight industrial sites across France and Spain, and 1,400 employees. It produces mass and suspension PVC, specialty PVC (including paste PVC and chlorinated PVC), chlorine, caustic soda and chloromethane. Since 2014, Kem One has undergone a “complete transformation,” to improve the quality and reliability of its production plants, lower production costs and reduce its environmental footprint, Kem One noted.

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During its members meeting of 2 June 2021, the Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA) elected a new board. All EPTA board members who stood for re-election have been confirmed again.

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Mathias Miedreich has been appointed by Umicore’s Supervisory Board to succeed Marc Grynberg as CEO of the group in the fourth quarter of 2021. Marc Grynberg and Mathias Miedreich will work together to ensure an optimal onboarding and a smooth transition of leadership.

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