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Evonik announced that it has recently extended its distribution agreement with Brenntag for its Dynasylan product line to 16 countries in Eastern Europe. Effective immediately, Brenntag will additionally distribute the silane products in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

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Sumitomo Chemical has decided to discontinue the production of EPDM at Chiba Works in Japan and to terminate sales of EPDM by the end of March 2023.

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Teknor Apex‘ new facility in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany (Source: Teknor Apex)

Teknor Apex has completed the 50,000 m2 facility in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. The new plant increases its manufacturing capacity of custom compounds and establishes a new European Center of Excellence for plastics research and development. The site employs more than 100 positions in manufacturing, business support and commercial operations.

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(Source: P. E. Schall)

The 27th Fakuma, international trade fair for plastics processing, will open its doors in Friedrichshafen from 12 to 16 October 2021, which makes it one of the first major on-site events for the plastics industry in Germany this year. According to the organiser P. E. Schall, in addition to the issues of injection moulding, extrusion technology, thermoforming and 3D printing, the event will also focus above all on the digital transformation and sustainable plastics processing with efficient production.

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Hoffmann Mineral is a manufacturer of functional fillers based on Neuburg Siliceous Earth. These include the products Sillitin and Aktisil, as well as the calcined variants Silfit and Aktifit. Recently the company has introduced a new business area - Tailored Filler Solutions.

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United Soft Plastics Inc. has developed a TPE film which is said to deliver a high level of patient support and treatment-friendly wound healing. The developmental grade makes an effective contribution to increased protection for patients and medical nursing staff, the company said.

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Asahi Kasei has announced its decision to discontinue its business for Asaflex clear styrenic block copolymer.  The product line has been manufactured at the company’s Kawasaki Works since 1982. Recently, however, with the deterioration of its profitability caused by environmental factors such as obscure business prospects in major markets, it has become difficult to formulate a strategy for future expansion. The decision was thus made to discontinue the business, the company said in a statement issued in 27 August. The production stop is scheduled for 31 March 2023, stop of sales will be 30 September 2023.

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On 27 September 2021, BASF announced that it has curtailed its ammonia production at its production sites in Antwerp, Belgium, and Ludwigshafen, Germany.

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On 27 September 2021, Safic-Alcan announced that it has acquired 100 % of Rit-Chem Co., Inc., a boutique chemical distributor specialising in the performance and life science sectors in the USA. Rit-Chem will become part of the ChemSpec organisation in the USA, the American affiliate of the Safic-Alcan Group. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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The former SPE Special Interest Group (SIG) has been renamed to TPE Technical Interest Group (TIG). This expert group within the organisation of the Society of Plastics Engineers in the US promotes the technology and applications of thermoplastic elastomers in conferences, workshops, and industry contacts.

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