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US-based Teknor Apex has introduced a new series of Monoprene TPEs for colourful consumer electronic components such as in-ear headphones, computer mice, fitness trackers, and smart watches. Teknor states that at the NPE 2015 exhibition in the US in March, its consumer electronics series of compounds which are part of the Monprene family of TPEs, will be introduced. The company highlights that products in the series are resistant to skin oil, stains, household chemicals, and UV light. 22 December 2014
Ferro Corp has sold its North American polymer additives business to HIG Capital for $154m (€126m) in cash. Ferro's US plants make plasticizers based on benzyl phthalate, benzoate ester and polyadipate ester. HIG will rebrand the business and operate it as Valerus Specialty Chemicals. Ferro will continue to seek a buyer for its European polymer additives business, which mainly consists of a plant in Antwerp, Belgium. 22 December 2014
Global plastics, chemicals and refining firm LyondellBasell has appointed Bhavesh "Bob" Patel as its new chief executive. Patel, who will take up the role on 12 January 2015, succeeds James Gallogly. 22 December 2014
Momentive Specialty Chemicals will change its name to Hexion, effective from January 2015. 22 December 2014
Chemicals giant BASF and Russia’s Gazprom have announced that they will not complete the asset swap, which was scheduled for the end of the year.  19 December 2014
Thailand’s SCG Chemicals has announced it has acquired 51% of the shares in the independent petrochemical institute Norner Holding from the current Norwegian owners, private equity fund E&M. The company states that the remaining 49% of the shares will be acquired by September 2015. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed.
19 December 2014
Germany's Röchling group has expanded its presence in the high-performance plastics market by acquiring Derbyshire, UK-based Fibracon Twin and Hertfordshire, UK-based Insoll Components. 19 December 2014
Sabic Innovative Plastics has been increasing production capacity for its Ultem polyetherimide but it still got caught short by increasing demand for the high-performance polymer. 19 December 2014
BASF has announced that it has reached an agreement for it to sell its share in the 50-50 joint venture ELLBA Eastern, Jurong Island, Singapore to its partner Shell. 18 December 2014
German domestic appliances maker Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (BSH) has unveiled plans to boost its output capacity by 80% and take on 500 new workers at three of its Poland-based production facilities, reports local news agency PAP.  18 December 2014
Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) has started its new polycarbonate sheet production plant at its Guangzhou, China, site. 18 December 2014
Petrochemicals company Total has announced that it has completed its new development in polypropylene (PP) and is now able to offer a complete range of polymers using non-phthalate catalysts.
 
17 December 2014
An expanding Spanish group, manufacturing agricultural films plans to invest €15m to upgrade and modernise its operations at two plants in Andalusia, southern Spain. 17 December 2014
Tosaf, based in Israel, has expanded its existing line of anti-fog masterbatches for film packaging.  16 December 2014
Growth in the global middle class, expansion of emerging economies and an additional two billion people in the world will contribute to a 35% increase in energy demand by 2040, according to a new report released by ExxonMobil. 16 December 2014


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