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The South Korean company Songwon announced that it has started to manufacture Songnox 5650 at its Panoli plant in Gujarat, India, ensuring global availability of the additive. The product is a high molecular weight, multifunctional phenolic antioxidant primarily used as a post-polymerisation process stabiliser for unsaturated elastomers.

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Khalifa Industrial Zone of Abu Dhabi (Kizad) has signed an agreement with Shaheen Chem Investment for the land lease of a two-phase chemical complex in the industrial zone with an expected investment of AED 4 billion (USD 1.08 billion

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Given the strong export performance in 2017, Malaysia is expected to continue dominating the world market for rubber gloves, especially medical gloves, for use in the healthcare sector.

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The Chinese government imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of styrene monomer from South Korea, the United States and Taiwan in its preliminary ruling.

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The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) has announced the winners of the 13th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards. Winners of the industry awards program represent stand out contractors and projects in the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) sector in roofing, insulation and specialty applications, as well as in elastomeric coatings. Awards were announced at the awards luncheon held onsite at the Sprayfoam 2018 Convention & Expo in Mobile, AL, USA.

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Natural rubber supplier Halcyon Agri said it has increased its stake in Ivory Coast rubber producer Tropical Rubber Côte d'Ivoire SA (TRCI) by 18.8 %. It now owns 70 % in TRCI, from 51.2 % previously.

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Covestro had an outstanding fiscal year 2017. Driven by a high demand for high-performance plastics and significantly higher margins, Covestro increased Group sales over the past fiscal year and net income more than doubled.

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CB&I on 15 Feb. 2018 announced it has been awarded a contract valued in excess of USD 95 million by Samsung Engineering (Thailand) Co. Ltd. for a brownfield ethylene plant at PTT Global Chemical's (PTTGC) petrochemicals complex in Map Ta Phut, Rayong, Thailand.

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The Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (Ethydco) is preparing to submit an international tender for general contractors next month for the implementation of the polybutadiene industrial rubber plant.

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Arkema said it plans to invest several tens of millions of euros to increase its capacity for Rilsamid polyamide 12 (PA12) polymers at its Changshu site in China.

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The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) announced that natural rubber was included in the European Commission’s (EC) 2017 Critical Raw Material List.

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