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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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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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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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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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Lanxess announced that it plans to acquire the phosphorus chemicals business with a US production site from Belgian chemical group Solvay. Both companies have signed an agreement to this effect. According to Lanxess, the acquisition will expand its Additives segment, which achieves annual sales of around EUR 2 billion with approximately 2,000 employees around the globe. The transaction is projected to conclude in the first half of 2018, subject to customary regulatory approvals.

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Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of DowDuPont Materials Science, has started up two new prepolymers reactors at its largest PU System House in Ahlen, Germany. According to Dow, with this focused investment the company adds production capacity to its network of Systems Houses around the world, and strengthens its position as a supplier of customised polyurethane solutions to the growing industrial and infrastructure markets.

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Fill Machine Engineering recently announced that it is investing a total of EUR 7.5 million in its headquarters in Gurten, Austria. In the coming months, 5,000 m2 of additional production space for assembling machines and systems will be created. The electrical workshop area will also be doubled in size. Completion of the entire project is scheduled for late March 2018.

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