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PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (PTTGC) has agreed with Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd. and Toyota Tsusho Corporation to establish the new joint venture GC Polyols Company Limited for the production of polyols and PU systems. PTTGC will hold 82.1 % of the shares in GC Polyols, while Sanyo Chemical will hold 14.9 % and Toyota Tsusho will hold 3 %.

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According to reports by the US news agency “PetroChemical News” on 2 October 2017, BASF has started construction on a new steam methane reformer (SMR) at its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) facility in Chongqing, China, to enhance the reliability of MDI production at the site.

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According to a report by “The Taipei Times” on 12 September 2017, Covestro (Taiwan) Ltd. announced that it will expand the TPU production capacity at its plant in Changhua, Taiwan.

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Mitsui Chemicals' wholly-owned Sun Alloys subsidiary has started up a new line for Milastomer brand thermoplastic olefinic elastomers in Chiba, Japan.

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IAL Consultants has published the study “Polyurethane Chemicals and Products in Asia Pacific (APAC) 2017”. The report contains both PU production and raw material consumption figures, with 2016 as the base year and market forecasts provided to 2021. This study updates the previous report published in 2015. IAL’s research is based upon an extensive programme of interviews throughout the Asian polyurethane industry.

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Henkel, a specialist in composite matrix resins, adhesives, sealants and functional coatings for the automotive industry, has opened a new test facility for composites in Isogo-ku, Yokohama, Japan.

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The automotive supplier Faurecia and Liuzhou Wuling Industry Co. Ltd. have established the new joint venture Faurecia Liuzhou Automotive Seating Co. Ltd. for the development and production of automotive seating products.

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Bodo Möller Chemie announced that it is setting up the two subsidiaries Bodo Moeller Chemie Corp. in Atlanta, GA, USA, and Bodo Möller Chemie Mexicana S. de R.L in Mexico City, Mexico.

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Mould release manufacturer Axel Plastics Research Laboratories, Inc. has announced the grand opening of its new headquarters in Monroe, CT, USA.

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The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has issued a Call for Papers to be presented at the Antec Orlando 2018 plastics technology conference, which will be held in conjunction with the National Plastics Exposition (NPE) 2018 from 7 – 10 May 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, USA.

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Clariant announced the signing of a joint venture contract with Tiangang Auxiliary Co., Ltd., a privately owned producer of UV light stabilisers in China. According to Clariant, the two companies plan to invest a multi-million CHF amount to establish a new production facility for process and light stabiliser additives in the Cangzhou National Coastal-Port Economy and Technology Development Zone, Hebei province, China.

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