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On 6 November 2018, TactoTek announced the opening of an office in Ulm, Germany, to provide local engineering and project management support for customers developing IMSE (Injection Moulded Structural Electronics) solutions. The new office will complement the company’s sales offices in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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DowDuPont has announced the members of the Boards of Directors of the three future independent companies: Dow, DuPont, and Corteva Agriscience. DowDuPont said it remains on track to separate the Materials Science division (Dow) by 1 April 2019, and the Agriculture (Corteva Agriscience) and Specialty Products (DuPont) divisions by 1 June 2019. The current composition of each board of directors is as follows:

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The speciality vibration damping Versaflex VDT TPEs from PolyOne are used by major appliance manufacturers as a valuable solution to vibration issues in top load washing machines which can cause the units to ‘walk,’ which prompts a large volume of costly service calls to the manufacturer.

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The Italian company LED SpA, based in Aprilia near Rome, is specialised in the design and production of medical electronic equipment. Thermolast M from Kraiburg TPE was specified for their reusable Surgeon Pencil S. The device is said to provide a number of outstanding features that benefit from the medical conformity, design freedom and aesthetics of the TPE compounds.

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Sun European Partners announced that one of its affiliates has signed a definitive agreement to sell Elix Polymers to Sinochem International for an enterprise value of USD 195 million.

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Introduced in 1984 for automotive constant velocity joint (CVJ) outboard boots, Hytrel TPC-ET is a standard material for the production of these parts. Now DuPont has developed Hytrel HTR8745 BK320, a new grade for blow moulding of CVJ inboard boots.

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Wanhua Chemical Group has selected technology from LyondellBasell for a new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant and polypropylene (PP) unit in Yantai City, Shandong Province, China.

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Datwyler has opened a health care plant with First Line standard in Middletown, DE, USA. The First Line standard is an advanced manufacturing concept for high-quality elastomer components with state-of-the-art clean room technology, automatic production cells, fully automatic camera inspection and a unique washing process. The manufacturing concept exceeds the highest quality standards of the European and American regulatory authorities and is certified according to ISO 15378.

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Hexpol has acquired 80 % of the shares in Italian compounder Mesgo from the existing main owner Francesco Caldara and co-owners. Pursuant to the agreement, Hexpol has an option to acquire remaining shares, and the Caldara family has an option to sell their remaining shares to the Swedish group.

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Ceresana has analysed the global market for thermoplastic elastomers. According to the study Thermoplastic elastomers – TPE (2nd ed.) published in September 2018, the global market reached a volume of approx. 4.7 million t in 2017. Ceresana says that in 2017, processors in China, the USA, Japan, and Germany combined accounted for 63 % of total global demand.

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