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DSM joins Toyota Motorsport GmbH to feature Somos® capabilities at 2013 Le Mans Race

ELGIN IL , USA, 31 Jul 2013 - In its commitment to drive stereolithography performance to the cutting edge for additive manufacturing, DSM is collaborating with original equipment manufacturers to develop materials that provide true thermoplastic performance. Most recently, DSM’s Somos® Stereolithography Materials Group teamed up with Toyota Motorsport GmbH to develop materials to withstand the rigors of '24 Hours of Le Mans' for the FIA World Endurance Championship in Le Mans, France.

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Plastic balls bring savings for miners

 Darren and Diane Thornton with the blast-movement monitoring system

August 2, 2013 - BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — A Queensland technology company has invented a simple, yet sophisticated, plastic ball that helps miners track down lost gold.

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High-performance polymers for flexible OPV raise cell efficiencies

Solarmer OPV

The pitch

Thin-film photovoltaics (PVs) offer an affordable alternative to silicon photo- voltaics. However, thin-film technologies face many challenges including concerns about toxicity as is the case with cadmium telluride (CdTe)-based PV and difficulties in scale-up as evidenced by copper indium gallium diselinide based PV.

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DAF starts production of long-distance flagship with light-weight, low-friction rear axle

Official start of new DAF XF production

Wednesday April 3, 2013 - Eindhoven, The Netherlands - His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange officially started production of the new DAF XF trucks.

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Maxi-Blast Low Temperature Blasting Media Using SABIC’s LEXAN™ EXL Resin

Maxi-Blast

Pittsfield (MA) United States June 26, 2013 - Collaborating closely with SABIC, Maxi-Blast, Inc., developed a new blasting media solution that maintains efficiency in cryogenic environments for longer periods of time. This is important as the cryogenic deflashing process is being used more often, with the rapid growth in parts consolidation in the auto industry and miniaturization of devices in the healthcare industry. As these markets grow, there is a greater need for a polycarbonate blasting media product that can both withstand the impact of the process without sacrificing performance in cryogenic environments, over extended periods of time. By using SABIC’s LEXAN™ EXL resin, Maxi-Blast is able to offer a more valuable blasting media solution to its customers as their industry continues to evolve and grow.

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DSM’s Stanyl and EcoPaXX used in electric concept car

The SIM-Drive Concept Car

Singapore, SG, 14 May 2013 12:00 CEST - The latest prototype car from SIM-Drive Corporation, a pioneering electric vehicle developer in Japan, features DSM’s Stanyl® and EcoPaXX® based parts that make the car lighter and more sustainable.

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Dow Introduces TRITON™ HW-1000 Surfactant High Performance Wetting Agent

MIDLAND - June 27, 2013 - The Dow Chemical CompanyThe Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) announced the launch of TRITON™ HW-1000 Surfactant High Performance Wetting Agent in North America today. This non-APE based surfactant meets growing performance needs for water-based formulations to meet low- and no-VOC regulatory requirements in multiple industries, while also addressing industry requirements for faster processing. TRITON HW-1000 Surfactant is relevant to a broad range of applications including coatings, printing and inks, metalworking fluids, cleaning, agrochemicals and adhesives.

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Nuna7 and DSM: partners in world’s largest solar vehicle event

DSM is the innovation partner of the Nuon Solar Team that will compete in the 12th edition of the World Solar Challenge in October 2013. This solar-powered car race is held every two years, covering 3000 km through the Australian outback, from Darwin to Adelaide.

The 2013 edition of the solar race will bring new challenges, as for driver safety reasons new race regulations require significant changes in car design. These include the addition of a fourth wheel for improving stability and a larger driver’s canopy, requiring a full remodel of the vehicle and a complete change of the construction.

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SABIC to showcase antimicrobial medical devices utilizing innovative thermoplastic resins at polymers and plastics in medical devices conference

SABIC Antimicrobial application

San Francisco (CA) June 3, 2013 - As further demonstration of its commitment to the healthcare industry, SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business will be participating as a Platinum Sponsor at the upcoming Polymers and Plastics in Medical Devices Conference, taking place June 26-28, 2013, in San Francisco, California.

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