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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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TSRC has announced the introduction of Taipol 7126 and Taipol 7131 maleic anhydride-grafted SEBS. Adding these MA-SEBS as impact modifiers to the formulation of engineering plastics can help improve elasticity, toughness and compatibility with polar materials, and provide more comfortable and softer haptics.

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The specialist for closure and packaging technologies, Actega DS, is investing more than EUR 19 million to expand its research and manufacturing site in Bremen. The production and storage space will increase by 8,000 m², the manufacturing capacity will grow by 50 %, and the research and development capacities will triple. The implementation of the construction project started with a groundbreaking ceremony on 18 September 2018.

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On 24 October 2018 Teknor Apex celebrated the groundbreaking of its new plant in Rothenburg, Germany. From spring 2020, the new 15,000 m² plant will offer not only a considerable increase in capacity but also the extensive functionality of an R&D laboratory and an application technology centre and will act as a European technology centre for Teknor Apex. The current production facility in nearby Steinsfeld and the sales and marketing location in Tauberzell will be relocated to Rothenburg. The company currently employs 130 people in Germany.

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In a move to improve passenger comfort, legislation regarding odour, fogging and VOC/FOG emissions has increased in recent years, OEMs such as Daimler and VW have also tightened limits. Several countries regulate the maximum allowed concentration of substances which can be hazardous to health, such as formaldehyde, benzene and nitrosamines (for example the Chinese standard GB/T27630). Hexpol TPE supplies a portfolio of TPE materials optimised for automotive interior applications. Dryflex Interior is a series of compounds which are optimised for low emissions. They offer on average a 75 % emission reduction compared to other TPEs for interior applications on the market. They display low odour with results 2.0 to 3.0 in standards such as VDA 270. According to gravimetric fogging standard ISO 6452 they achieve condensate < 1.0 mg and achieve VOC results from 60 to 120 µg/g and Fog from 200 to 600 µg/g (tab.1).

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