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Polyurethanes have changed the world – thanks to them we have energy-efficient refrigerators, comfortable upholstered furniture, safe car seats, protective coatings and lightweight composites. 80 years ago, Dr. Otto Bayer discovered polyurethane chemistry virtually by accident. His perseverance and creativity launched the sweeping success of one of the world’s most versatile materials.

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The Chinese company China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) is seeking to list its subsidiary KraussMaffei, a leading supplier of machinery and systems for producing and processing plastics and rubber, on a stock exchange in China.

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Dr. Michael Riedel, 49, has been appointed as the new CEO of FoamPartner. He will assume the position on 1 January 2018 and will join the Conzzeta AG Executive Committee.

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Trinseo confirmed the successful start-up of its new Magnum acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) production line at its manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang, China.

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Vince Scattolino, Vice President of Product Development and Innovation at Sinomax, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam (AFPF), the not-for-profit organisation that administers the CertiPUR-US foam certification programme.

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Orion Engineered Carbons said it has started production at a new carbon black line at its plant in Yeosu, South Korea, and has already begun commercial sales of the product.

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Grand opening was held for the new integrated industrial complex of Lotte Versalis Elastomers (LVE), 50:50 joint venture between Versalis and Lotte Chemical, for the production of elastomers in Yeosu, South Korea.

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Ube Industries, JSR Corp. and Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) have received European Commission (EC) approval for the planned integration of their acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) subsidiaries.

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Seoul said it protested strongly against China’s initiation of an anti-dumping probe into South Korea’s styrene monomer (SM) imports.

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Velox GmbH is the exclusive European distribution partner of FRX Polymers Inc., a producer of polymeric halogen-free flame retardant solutions. Velox recently announced the availability of Nofia non-halogenated polyphosphonates from FRX Polymers as a replacement for antimony trioxide (ATO) in brominated flame retardant products.

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