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With great sadness, the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) has announced that James McGraw, former Managing Director and CEO of the IISRP, passed away on 8 June 2020 in Houston, Texas.

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Parsippany-based US distributor Conventus Polymers has established a Chinese subsidiary, Shanghai Conventus Polymers New Materials Co., Ltd.

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Wanhua Chemical has donated 400 kg TPU materials to produce 3D-printed face-mask holders for the frontline responders, cooperating with Peak Sports. The 3D-printed mask holder made of TPU is a recyclable plastic band which helps to fasten a face mask to the head without leaving red marks and causing inflammation. Wanhua says that this eco-friendly product aims at providing better working condition for the frontline responders and medical staff while reducing waste.

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Songwon has announced a number of new distribution agreements with several companies in Europe as well as Canada. Bodo Möller Chemie Benelux N.V. has been supplying customers in Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands since 1 January 2020, and Bodo Möller Chemie UK Ltd took on responsibility in the UK and Ireland on 1 May 2020.

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In an ambitious new strategy to boost international membership and participation in its events, training and learning opportunities, Rubber Division, American Chemical Society (ACS) has appointed its first ever European Representatives. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at the beginning of March 2020 between newly formed UK-based Rubber Heart Ltd in Hertford, United Kingdom and Rubber Division, ACS in Akron, Ohio, paving the way for a partnership that will spread awareness of the benefits and opportunities offered by Rubber Division, ACS open to professionals working in the global rubber industry.

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Each compound in the series is chemically modified for adhesion to specific substrates. (Source: Teknor Apex)

From Teknor Apex come new TPEs for overmoulding that are said to exhibit excellent adhesion to engineering plastic substrates while meeting the stringent requirements for use in medical devices. The Medalist MD-30000 series bond to PC, ABS, PC/ABS, CoPe, PET, PBT, ASA, SAN, PMMA, POM, PA, and PS. Each compound in the series is chemically modified for adhesion to specific substrates. Processable in either multi-shot or insert moulding, the compounds are for use in wearable devices, ‘soft-touch’ or cosmetic grips for device housings, handheld devices, instruments, and seals and gaskets.

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RadiciGroup has announced a reorganisation of its sales network in Germany and has appointed B. Bigler AG as the distributor for the German market for a wide product range including the Heraflex TPE portfolio. Bigler, based in Zug, CH, and part of Dolder Group, has a sales net and logistics hub in Weiterstadt.

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Kistler has joined forces with partners in the mechanical engineering and plant construction industry to develop a process monitoring system, in strict compliance with the guidelines of the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and its Medical Device Reporting (MDR) regulations. According to Kistler, maXYmos TL ML is the first process monitoring system that meets the strict regulatory requirements for quality assurance in the medtech sector.

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Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) listed PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC), Thailand's largest petrochemical maker, is planning to acquire new assets related to specialty polymer production during the recession.

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On 30 May 2020, BASF kicked off the piling work of the first plants of its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang, Guangdong, China. The company said that this came as another important milestone in the development of the company’s USD 10 billion investment project since its official commencement in November 2019. The first plants will produce thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) and engineering plastics to serve the increasing needs of various growth industries in the southern China market and throughout Asia.

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