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Hexpol has signed an agreement to acquire 100 % of Unión de Industrias C.A., S.A. (Unica) from Espiga Capital, a Spanish based Private Equity firm on 12 April 2021 Unica is a significant player in Rubber Compounds in Spain, supplying several demanding customers in the automotive, construction and agriculture sectors.

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According to data from the MECS-AMAPLAST (national trade association and member of Confindustria) Statistical Studies Centre, which were analysed accounting for ISTAT data, last year revenues for Italian plastics and rubber equipment manufacturers recorded a drop of 11.4 % to a total value of EUR 3.9 billion, after the record peak in 2017, substantially continuing into 2018, then followed by a cyclical setback in 2019.

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Radici Novacips SpA has received the prestigious "Supplier of the Year 2019" award from Stihl, the manufacturer of chainsaws and other outdoor equipment, including brush cutters, lawnmowers and blowers. In 2016 already Radici was awarded as a strategic partner for the supply of polymers by Stihl.

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Dow announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zhanjiang Economic and Technological Development Zone Administrative Committee (Zhanjiang EDZ) to build the Dow South China Specialties Hub, a multi-year project providing customers local access to the company’s portfolio of products and technologies.

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Commissioned by the Lehvoss Group and Ultimaker, TÜV Süd has certified the 3D printing process using the combination of Luvocom 3F Filament and Ultimaker printer. This comprised the material properties, production of the test specimen – including the dimensional tolerances, the manufacture of the filament and the printing process. In addition, the emissions were measured during the printing process. The companies said that the printing process meets the requirements drawn up by certification organisation in all aspects. The test specification “Reproducible 3DP construction process” makes reference to existing and emerging 3D printing standards. As a result, the Luvocom 3F Filament PAHT 9825 NT under test, an unreinforced PA, and the Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle are the world’s first system certified by TÜV Süd in the field of fused filament fabrication (FFF).

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With Dipromat, a new player has entered the additive manufacturing market. The basis of the start-up's business model is the development and marketing of TPE for the AM market, especially in small and medium quantities. The TPEs are marketed under the brand name Diproflex.

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Sumika Polymer Compounds Europe announced the creation of a subsidiary in Poznan, Poland, Sumika Polymer Compounds Poland Sp.z o.o. (SPCP). A new production site of about 5500 m² will be dedicated to compounded polypropylene manufacturing. This investment will provide 30,000 t/y of additional capacity for the group and will increase European production capacity to 170,000 t/y. Start of production with two compounding lines is scheduled for Q1/2022. The company expects the demand for PP compounds in the area to grow solidly with the spread of electric vehicles (EV) due to the tightening of environmental regulations.

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Trinseo finalised the expansion of its thermoplastic elastomers R&D Center in Mussolente, Italy. The dedicated R&D center is led by Marco Meneghetti - Global TPE T&I Leader and it is supporting both of Trinseo’s manufacturing sites for soft plastics – Mussolente and Hsinchu. The facility, located on the premises of Trinseo’s main TPE manufacturing facility, has been under construction since February 2020. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which hit Italy especially hard, work continued with complete adherence to the plans laid out to prevent the spread of the virus.

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BP and Sabic have signed a new agreement in March 2021to work together to drive circular economy in the petrochemical activities at the Gelsenkirchen (Germany) chemical complex. Building on a long established relationship between the two companies at the production site, the new collaboration will help to increase production of certified circular products that take used mixed plastics to make feedstock, thereby reducing the amount of fossil resources needed in the petrochemical plants at the site.

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The Munich-based machinery manufacturer KraussMaffei Group is selling its subsidiary KraussMaffei Austria to the Austrian family-owned company Luger GmbH.

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With a new web seminar series, the Elastomer Coffee Talks, Kuraray offers customers knowledge-based insight into innovative elastomer materials. The webinar series will be launched on 9 April 2021. The first edition will focus on medical and pharmaceutical equipment.

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