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Kraton announced on 5 January 2021 a general price increase of 220 USD/MT (USD 0.10 per pound) for all HSBC products. Subject to the terms of any applicable contracts, this price increase will take effect 15 January 2021.

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Ascend Performance Materials announced that it has purchased Eurostar Engineering Plastics, a France-based compounder with a broad portfolio of flame-retardant engineered plastics and expertise in halogen-free formulations. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Dr. Melanie Maas-Brunner (Source: BASF)

Dr. Melanie Maas-Brunner has been appointed as a member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, effective from 1 February 2021. Maas-Brunner has been with the company since 1997 and has headed BASF’s Nutrition & Health division since 2017. In her new role, she will also take over the position as Chief Technology Officer from Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF. She will assume responsibility for the three research divisions Advanced Materials & Systems Research, Bioscience Research, Process Research & Chemical Engineering as well as BASF New Business at that time. Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BASF SE, said: “With Melanie Maas-Brunner, we have appointed a very experienced chemist and strong leader to the Board. During her career at BASF to date, she has successfully set up business areas for the future – with global responsibility as well as in the Asia region.”

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The in-person components of NPE2021: The Plastics Show, scheduled for 17 – 21 May 2021 in Orlando, FL, USA, have been cancelled. (Picture: Exhibition area at NPE2018; Source: Plastics Industry Association)

On 5 January 2021, the Plastics Industry Association (Plastics), producers of NPE: The Plastics Show, announced that the in-person components of NPE2021, scheduled for 17 – 21 May 2021 in Orlando, FL, USA, have been cancelled. The association has published a statement which is quoted below in its original wording:

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Avient Corporation announced the official opening of its new CycleWorks facility in Pogliano, Italy. The new lab and plant will conduct chemistry testing and evaluations to help customers meet the challenge of plastics recycling and advance the goal of a circular economy. The demonstration plant mimics real-world recycling conditions in a research environment, said Avient.

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Trinseo announced that it has reached definitive agreements with Tyre Recycling Solutions (TRS) on a commercial collaboration and an equity investment in TRS. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2020, subject to ordinary closing conditions.

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At next year’s NPE2021: The Plastics Show, the Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) will present its inaugural William R. Carteaux Leadership Award to an industry professional who has achieved distinction working for the betterment of the plastics industry.

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At its virtual plenary session on 1 December 2020, the TPE-Forum elected Dr. Ines Kühnert, Institute of Polymer Materials of the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden e. V. (IPF Dresden), and Dr. Stefan Zepnik, Mocom Compounds GmbH & Co. KG, as new speakers. They succeed Jürgen Hättig, Covestro, and Dr. Günter Scholz, BASF, who have successfully led and represented the association of key players in the TPE industry since its beginnings in 2016.

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Dryflex HiF TPE skin and PP carrier backfoamed with polyurethane (Source: Hexpol TPE)

Dryflex HiF is a family of very high melt-flow and scratch resistant TPS-SEBS materials recently launched by Hexpol TPE. The grades open possibilities to produce large scale parts via injection moulding, including automotive interior surfaces, trims and skins.

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On 2 December 2020, Trinseo announced the inauguration of its TPE pilot facility in Hsinchu, Taiwan. The company said that the facility represents a major step in its wider growth strategy for TPEs, enabling it to locally produce custom-engineered TPE together with its bioplastics portfolio, for key customers in the Asia-Pacific region.

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