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Semperit expands hose facility in Czech Republic  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Vienna, Austria – The Semperit Group is investing approximately EUR 15 million to further expand its hose production at the Semperflex facility in Odry, Czech Republic. The investment programme launched now will increase production capacities of industrial hoses by about 40 percent by the second quarter of 2016. Even after the recent coming on stream of additional hydraulic hose production capacities, Semperit is quickly progressing with the expansion of Europe’s largest hose plant. “We succeeded in significantly increasing sales volumes in recent years and gained additional market shares in spite of the weak economy”, says Thomas Fahnemann, chief executive officer of Semperit AG Holding. “The hydraulic hose capacities put into operation in January 2015 are already well utilised. We are further expanding production in Odry in order to continue on our growth path and satisfy the strong demand for industrial hoses”. The investments are designed to extend production capacities for industrial hoses by the middle of 2016. Capacity for mandrel built industrial hoses utilised mainly by the construction, oil and transport industries, will be increased by more than half. Production capacity for extruded long length industrial hoses, used by the welding and mechanical engineering industries and for automobile manufacturing, amongst other purposes, will be raised by about one-third at the turn of the year 2015/16. The new industrial hose production process will be even more efficient and of superior quality thanks to the application of state-of-the-art robot technology. New hydraulic hose capacities are already being well utilised In 2014 Semperit invested more than EUR 10 million to expand hydraulic hose production in Odry. As a result the production capacity available to Semperflex in the Czech Republic climbed by about 30 percent. These additional capacities have already been in operation since January 2015, and are already well booked with customer orders. Against the backdrop of the current challenging business environment, medium to long-term demand for hoses is expected to be positive. Demand will be driven by long-term global growth in the mechanical engineering and construction industries as well as in mining. In particular, emerging markets catching up with developed countries and infrastructure expansion will ensure ongoing demand for hydraulic and industrial hoses integrated into construction and agricultural machinery. The outlook for capital expenditure (CAPEX) of the Semperit Group in 2015 is planned at about EUR 75 million (2014: EUR 74 million), of which approximately EUR 50 million relates to growth investments. - * Email

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TIA board of directors nomination deadline approaching  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bowie, MD - The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is reminding interested individuals that May 1, 2015, is the deadline for nomination for service on the 2015-2016 TIA board of directors. TIA board directors serve for three-year terms and may be re-elected to serve two additional three-year terms. Any TIA member in good standing or an official representative of an industry association may recommend candidates to the nominating committee in accordance with the TIA bylaws. Self-nominations are also welcome. Positions on the TIA board are open to all TIA members who have been a member in good standing for two consecutive years, including manufacturers, independent tire dealers, wholesale distributors, suppliers, recyclers and retreaders. All nominations should be submitted by completing and returning the TIA board of directors nomination form by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on May 1, 2015 to be considered. A nomination form is available at www.tireindustry.org. For additional information, please contact Donna Sage at dsage@tireindustry.org or 800-876-8372, ext. 102. - * Email

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Trelleborg Sealing Solutions to exhibit engineered polymer solutions at Interphex 2015  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stockholm, Sweden - For the first time at Interphex (International Pharmaceutical Expo), in Booth 3816, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions will showcase its engineered innovations for medical, biotech & pharmaceutical applications in silicone and other elastomers. With an emphasis on drug delivery such as insulin inhalers, prefilled syringes, infusion pumps, intrauterine devices, single-use bio process bags and other drug-device combination products, Trelleborg delivers polymer solutions that optimize the performance of a diverse range of media. Interphex serves as the perfect venue for Trelleborg to highlight its pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical innovations, technology and knowledge of liquid silicone rubber (LSR) parts, tubing and hose, dynamic and static seals, o-Rings, diaphragms, bearings, bushings and custom-engineered products for life sciences challenges. Luis Tissone, life sciences director for Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in the Americas, says: “As drugs come off patent and new pharmaceutical companies enter the market, drug-delivery devices have become an important selling tool. In addition to appearance, device function is an essential aspect of product differentiation and a great influencer on commercial success.” Patients’ demands for smaller and more discreet devices have presented new challenges to device designers and opportunities for Trelleborg to solve polymer-related issues through its unique shoulder-to-shoulder engineering approach. Pharmaceutical companies want devices that are easily actuated to enhance user experience and accuracy of drug delivery. Low-friction material combinations play an important role in addressing this requirement. Trelleborg Sealing Solutions can help customers reduce overall component size and weight of their drug delivery systems and leverage efficient disposable devices. With thinner sections and fewer components, mechanical demands on individual components have heightened, resulting in greater use of high-performance engineered polymers, an area we know well. Interphex attendees are invited to the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions booth 3816 to learn more about the power of shoulder- to-shoulder engineering design, advanced delivery, LSR technology and to see firsthand the company’s wide range of medical grade solutions used in pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical applications. - * Email

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Koda Distribution Group acquires Unipex Solutions Canada  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stamford, CT - Koda Distribution Group and the Unipex Group announced KDG's acquisition of Unipex Solutions Canada, a leader in specialty chemicals distribution in Canada. The acquisition exemplifies KDG's strategy of focused growth in specialty chemicals and reinforces its position as the premier specialty chemical distributor in North America. Unipex Solutions Canada, headquartered in Quebec, Canada, is a division of the Unipex Group. They are a leader in the Canadian market, with a strong focus on technical sales and support, along with exceptional customer service and commitment to EH&S. Unipex Solutions Canada is a member of the CACD. Patrice Barthelmes. president and CEO of Unipex Group, declares "First, I would like to acknowledge Jean-Pierre Pelchat and Bernard Vinet for their leadership and commitment and heartfully thank each single member of the team who did an excellent job along the years. KDG is inheriting a group of highly qualified and professional people. Unipex Solutions Canada has reached a stage where KDG will be a perfect partner for its future and it is the right time for our group." Frank Bergonzi, CEO and president of KDG states, "Unipex is a perfect fit for us. Our strategy has always encompassed growth geographically, and this acquisition expands our reach in the Canadian market. Along with Tempo, we can now service a broader customer base." Jean-Pierre Pelchat, GM of Unipex Solutions Canada, will continue to lead this autonomous, Canadian division and report to Frank Bergonzi. Pelchat stated, "Unipex Solutions Canada's energetic and ambitious staff is very excited to become part of KDG, as we share the same values and work ethic. This strategic move ensures the continuous growth of our principals' market share in the Canadian market." - * Email

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Kraton Performance Polymers announces first quarter release conference call and webcast  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Houston, TX - Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers, announces that it has scheduled a conference call on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. Central Time (9:00 a.m. Eastern Time) to discuss first quarter 2015 financial results. The company expects to release its results after market close on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Kraton invites you to listen to the conference call, which will be broadcast live over the internet, at http://www.Kraton.com by selecting the “Investor Relations” link at the top of the home page and then selecting “Events” under “Company” on the Investor Relations page. Company spokespeople will include Kevin M. Fogarty, president and chief executive officer; Stephen E. Tremblay, chief financial officer; and Gene Shiels, director of investor relations. You may also listen to the conference call by telephone by contacting the conference call operator 5-10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and asking for the “Kraton Conference Call – Passcode: Earnings Call.” Toll Free dial-in #: 800-857-6511. International dial-in #: 210-839-8886. For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m. Central Time on April 30, 2015, through 11:00 p.m. Central Time on May 30, 2015. Select the “Investor Relations” link at the top of the Kraton home page; navigate to “Events” under “Company” on the Investor Relations page. Select Past Events, then “Q1 2015 Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. Earnings Conference Call.” To hear a telephonic replay of the call, dial 888-566-0691. - * Email

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Apollo begins construction of their Greenfield facility in Hungary  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gurgaon, India - The foundation stone laid by Viktor Orbán, prime minister of Hungary, and Onkar S. Kanwar, chairman of Apollo Tyres Construction of Apollo Tyres’ first European Greenfield plant in Gyöngyöshalász, Hungary, started with the foundation stone laying ceremony. The international tire manufacturer’s facility will start production in early 2017. The facility will produce both, Apollo and Vredestein branded tires and will cater to the entire European market. Viktor Orbán, prime minister of Hungary, and Onkar S. Kanwar, chairman of Apollo Tyres, jointly laid the foundation stone of the facility in the presence of Neeraj Kanwar, vice chairman and managing director, Apollo Tyres; Dr. László Szabó, deputy minister of foreign affairs and trade; György Hiesz, mayor of Gyöngyös; János Pásztor, mayor of Gyöngyöshalász; Dr. Gábor Pajtók, administrative government commissioner of the Government Office of Heves Country; and Róbert Szabó, president of the general assembly of Heves Country. Onkar S. Kanwar, chairman, Apollo Tyres Ltd., said during the ceremony, “This is a significant milestone for us at Apollo Tyres, considering that a few years back we didn’t have any presence in Europe, and today, we are looking at having our second manufacturing unit in place. With the new capacity in Hungary, we will be able to further increase our focus on the European market.” The Gyöngyöshalász facility will be a state-of-the-art plant, and once completed, will have a capacity to produce 5.5 million passenger car and light truck (PCLT) tires and 675,000 heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) tires per year. This facility will complement Apollo Tyres’ existing facility in the Netherlands, bringing the whole range of Apollo and Vredestein branded tires to the European market. This upcoming plant is located less than 100 km from Budapest (capital city of Hungary) and meets the needs of Apollo Tyres, including having close proximity to various OE manufacturers as potential customers. The recruitment for the new factory has started at the beginning of this year and the company has already signed scholarship programmes with close to 90 technicians who will be contracted as employees from July 1. In the second half of the year, 150 more technicians will be employed, together with qualified engineers, to join the international tyre manufacturer’s team. - * Email

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Mallard Creek Polymers releases its new water-resistant adhesive latex  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Charlotte, NC - In 2008, Mallard Creek Polymers, Inc. added Rovene 4423, Rovene 5044 and Rovene 4220 to its extensive line of styrene butadiene (SB) emulsion polymers. From 2009 through 2013, butadiene cost has been very volatile, driving many companies to seek alternatives. Beginning in 2014 and extending through at least 2016, butadiene costs have returned to historical norms and will remain. This allows the adhesive, sealant, and/or caulk formulator to look again at the value of SB technology. Because of outstanding filler acceptance, water resistance, binding strength, and adhesion, SB’s provide extensive latitude in offering low cost, high performance adhesive systems for flooring of all types, cove based adhesive, and other construction products. MCP offers a full line of Styrene-Butadiene polymer emulsions for use in adhesives, caulks, sealants, barrier coatings and a variety of other applications. If an existing product does not meet your requirements, the company continues to develop new products, often customizing polymers to meet unique customer requirements. Rovene, Tylac and BarrierPro polymer emulsions provide the performance you need across many construction applications. To complement SB products, MCP has now developed an All Acrylic, water resistant adhesive latex, Rovene 6001. This acrylic polymer emulsion combines industry acrylic technology with MCP’s proprietary technology invented to provide superior water resistance. As the company develops an adhesive polymer line for all applications, MCP has focused on construction products first. These market segments have used SB chemistry, but continue to look for the company to become a ‘one stop shop’ for all polymer dispersions. Based on the strategy of offering the right chemistry for optimum cost/performance, understanding all synthetic emulsion polymer options, and having the most extensive portfolio of styrene butadiene products, MCP is uniquely qualified to assist the construction adhesive formulation scientist in delivering profitable adhesives for their company. To understand how these products and others can help meet your needs, potential customers can view the company’s Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Product Selection Guide or Construction Adhesives Product Selection Guide. If you want to understand the value of using these products, meet the MCP experts at the Adhesives & Sealants Councils’ Spring Convention & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee on April 21, 2015, Booth #305. Call the company at 1-877-240-0171 or visit the Events page at http://www.mcpolymers.com/events to schedule an appointment with an MCP Representative at the conference or at any time. - * Email

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