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In July 2019, the network ThiM (Technologieplattform hybride innovative Material-Schaumsysteme – technology platform hybrid innovative material foam systems) was founded by five industrial partners from the fields of tool-making, plant engineering and material production as well as two research institutes. These include: KraussMaffei Technology GmbH, Kurtz GmbH, Kaneka Belgium NV, T. Michel Formen GmbH & Co. KG, Werkzeugbau Siegfried Hofmann GmbH, Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH as well as the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK) of the Technical University of Dresden.

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On 18 September 2019, a fire started in a non-manufacturing area at the Huntsman EMA systems house in the Orhanh Leather Organized Industrial Zone, Istanbul, Turkey. All employees and contractors are safe and accounted for and monitoring for any offsite environmental impacts is underway, said the company.

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The K 2019 trade fair for plastics and rubber will take place from 16 – 23 October 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany, where the VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association will shine the spotlight on the recycling sector and show how closed loops can work effectively. A series of interviews is shedding light on why it is doing this and the significance of the "Circular Economy" for member companies of the association. In this interview, Andreas Lichtenauer, Managing Partner, Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH, will give his views on the subject.

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Sibur and Tatneft have signed a letter of intent with respect to Togliatti-based petrochemical facilities. Under the deal, Sibur plans to sell and Tatneft plans to acquire certain production and other assets that are currently registered in the name of Sibur Togliatti and Togliattisintez legal entities. The assets include production facilities for various types of synthetic rubber used by leading tyre manufacturers, for MTBE (high-octane fuel component), butadiene, isoprene, and other intermediates, as well as infrastructure of the industrial park accommodating a number of chemical and other technological companies.

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Continental is investing approximately EUR 100 million in the expansion of its production facilities in Lousado, Portugal. The new capacity will be used for the production of radial earthmoving and port tyres with a diameter larger than 24 inches. Once at full speed, the production lines will deliver three earthmoving tyre lines and another three port tyre lines. More than 100 new jobs will be created, said the company.

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LyondellBasell has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Liaoning Bora Enterprise Group (Bora) to form a 50-50 joint venture in China, which will operate an ethylene cracker currently being built by Bora. Under the MoU, the parties will establish the joint venture in Panjin.

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The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has received commitments from 102 chemical manufacturers to reevaluate the safety data in previously submitted REACH registration dossiers.

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Huntsman announced the opening of its new polyurethanes systems house in Dubai. Situated within the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone (JAFZA), the purpose-built facility strengthens the company's downstream capabilities in the Middle East and North Africa – increasing its capacity to produce polyurethane systems and polyester polyols for customers across the region.

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The worst for the rubber glove sector is over and growth is likely to resume in the coming quarters as glove manufacturers indicated that they have started to increase selling prices to pass on the incremental costs, according to Affin Hwang Capital. “Malaysia manufacturers are acting more rationally to prevent an all-out price war, as they are willing to delay or cut capacity to maintain selling prices,” it said in a research note.

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Some five major projects in Ankara, Istanbul, Bursa and Adana will be receiving government support, according to a presidential decree published on Thursday (5 September 2019) in the Official Gazette.

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Tosoh will invest approximately JPY 5 billion (~ EUR 42.4 million) to increase the production capacity for Skyprene chloroprene rubber at its Nanyo Complex in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. The facility is expected to reach a CR capacity of 37,000 t/y after debottlenecking. Construction started in August 2019. The expansion is scheduled to be completed in October 2021. According to the company, CR produced a the facility is used in the manufacture of automotive hoses and belts, industrial parts, and adhesives.

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