LANXESS included in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, again

Starting from September 23, 2019, speciality chemicals company LANXESS will be listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World for the ninth time in succession, at fourth place in the “Chemicals” category. LANXESS will also be included in the DJSI Europe for the third time in a row – as the second-best company in its industry.

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3M Canada Announces New Leadership

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3M Canada has announced the appointment of Craig Jalbert to the position of Business Leader, Automotive Aftermarket Division, effective from July 1.

Jalbert steps into his new role with 15 years of experience in the automotive industry. He has worked in several key management positions in sales and marketing in 3M Canada’s Automotive Aftermarket Division. Before being promoted, Jalbert was serving as the Marketing Operations Manager.

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U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

KATY, Texas, July 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SLCA), a diversified industrial minerals company and the leading last mile logistics provider to the oil and gas industry (the “Company”), today announced net income of $6.2 million, or $0.08 per basic and…

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Trinseo Releases 9th Annual Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, announced the release of its 2019 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which showcases how Trinseo is meeting or exceeding the highest standards of safety and environmental performance, while developing innovative solutions that benefit our world. This is the ninth report since the Company’s formation in 2010, and has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards Core Option.

 

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Hillenbrand to buy Milacron in $2 billion deal

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BATESVILLE, Ind.—Hillenbrand Inc., the Batesville-based parent company of compounding extruder maker Coperion and auxiliary equipment firms K-Tron and Rotex, is buying Milacron Holdings Corp. in a cash and stock deal valued at about $2 billion.

Executives of both companies said one key area will be in extruders, making a combined, stronger and more diversified company.

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BASF steps up investment in footwear R&D

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany—BASF is looking to take a big step forward in the the footwear industry by investing in research and development worldwide.

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In 2019 a turnover decline of up to 10% is expected

In 2018, the German plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers generated a turnover plus of 2% again compared to the previous-year period. “The growth rate of 3% originally predicted for 2018 could not be reached. Nevertheless, we are pleased about the positive all-year results as in particular towards the end of the year, deterioration of the market became already apparent”, explains Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery.

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LabsCubed automated polymer testing system garners top prize at Startup Stadium competition

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An automated polymer testing system and associated software developed by LabsCubed (Kitchener, ON) sufficiently impressed judges to walk away with the top prize at the first Startup Stadium competition today at PLAST-EX and the Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo in Toronto. 

The tabletop CubeOne system accelerates physical testing of polymers and improves consistency by eliminating human error. It accommodates various sample shapes and sizes and tests tensile and tear strength. “Compared with vertical universal testing machines, where the technician runs a test, waits, and runs the next test, the CubeOne automates the process,” explained Ammar Jafar, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of the company. “The technician loads the tray with 12 samples, loads the tray in the machine and presses start. The technician can now walk away and perform a value-added task rather than wait around.”

 

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Compounders cast an eye toward materials’ future

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CLEVELAND—A panel of industry veterans looked into the future of technical compounding at Compounding World 2019.

Tom Drye, Jean Sirois and Frank Roederer each answered questions from moderator Chris Smith, editor of online magazine Compounding World. The event was held May 8-9 in Cleveland.

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Chemical, manufacturing groups oppose U.S. tariff hike

WASHINGTON—The U.S. government followed through on plans to raise tariffs May 10 on $200 billion worth of imports from China, but the decision is drawing opposition from chemical and manufacturing industry trade groups.

Talks between Washington and Beijing were continuing at press time, as the American Chemistry Council and the National Association of Manufacturers urged a solution to trade disputes without using tariffs.

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