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Silicone News October 23, 2018


Dow upgrading Wales silicones plant under global investment plan

BARRY, Wales—Dow Chemical is upgrading its silicones production site in Barry as part of a broader global investment plan to meet industry demand.

Hexpol adds to West Coast presence with Kirkhill deal

LONG BEACH, Calif.—Hexpol continues to grow the reach of its custom mixing operations, this time enhancing its presence on the West Coast.

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Time to nominate a worthy executive

It's time for you to nominate someone who you feel is worthy to be named Executive of the Year for 2018. The award goes to an executive in the North American rubber product industry who has been instrumental in the success of his or her company.

ASTM to host polymer characterization workshop

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—ASTM International's committee on plastics (D20) is sponsoring a Workshop on Polymer Characterization Nov. 8 at the Washington Hilton in Washington.

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Private equity firm KKR set to acquire Minnesota Rubber & Plastics

MINNEAPOLIS—Norwest Equity Partners has agreed to sell Quadion, which does business as Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, to global investment firm KKR.


Video: Auto industry, global population are driving elastomer industry innovation

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Techniques such as high-throughput catalyst research, enhanced analytical science and 3D imaging are accelerating innovation in the elastomer industry, according to the keynote speaker at the International Elastomer Conference in Louisville.


Nynas aims to fill gap in tight silicone market

STOCKHOLM—In response to continuing pressures on global silicone supply, Nynas has developed what it says is a compatible alternative for silicone-based product and sealant producers.


Hexpol acquires 80 percent stake in Mesgo Group

Malmo, Sweden—Hexpol has acquired 80 percent of the shares in Gorlago, Italy-based elastomers compounder Mesgo Group for $193 million.


South Korean companies reach deal to buy Momentive

SEOUL, South Korea—A group of South Korean companies have reached an agreement to acquire MPM Holdings, the parent company of global silicones supplier Momentive Performance Materials, for about $3.1 billion.

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