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Mitsui Chemicals has announced its decision to set up a new production facility for Milastomer TPE at the Ohio plant of its US subsidiary Advanced Composites, Inc. There will be one production line; capacity is said to be 6,000 t/y. Construction start is scheduled for January 2019, completion for June 2019. Operations are expected to commence in October 2019.

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Air Products and Huntsman recently held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of what will be Air Products’ new steam methane reformer (SMR) and cold box in Geismar, LA, USA.

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Cabot Corporation announced that it will increase the prices for all rubber carbon black products sold by its Reinforcement Materials segment in North America.

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BASF has started up a new production line for Ultrason polyarylsulfone at its site in Yeosu, South Korea, to meet growing market demand worldwide.

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Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) has set up a regional management company for its performance polymers business in Singapore to expand the scale of the business in the fast-growing ASEAN markets.

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have signed an agreement to strengthen rubber production in the Philippines.

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Ineos Styrolution announced that it will commission an engineering study to build a world-scale styrene monomer plant on the US Gulf Coast.

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The Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) announced that 1.2 million square feet (~ 111,000 m²) on the NPE2018: The Plastics Show exhibit floor has been sold to exhibitors, making it the largest NPE show in history.

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Asahi Kasei Corporation is increasing the prices of the following products for all overseas shipments, effective from 16 April 2018.

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IAL Consultants has published the eleventh edition of its study on the market for thermal insulation in Europe. This study updates the previous report published in 2015 and contains market data for all the main thermal insulation products by material type and end-use application for the base year of 2016. Data is presented in both volume (in cubic metres and tonnes) and value (in EUR million), with five-year forecasts to 2021. Materials covered include glass wool, stone wool, EPS, XPS, PU, PIR, phenolics, and flexible insulation. The study covers 27 countries (including all major European thermal insulation markets) and is split into 15 country volumes. In addition, separate material volumes are provided for the four key insulation materials: mineral fibre, EPS, XPS and PU/PIR.

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Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (Margma) is hopeful of achieving more than 10 per cent export growth to MYR 18 billion this year, as global demand surpasses supply.

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