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Arlanxeo announced that it recently signed three-year cooperation agreements with Changzhou University and the Changzhou Vocational Institute of Engineering (CZIE). According to Arlanxeo, in cooperation with its partners, the company will contribute to the development of Changzhou and the local chemical industry by providing optimised education and practical trainings to aspiring, young professionals.

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The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry plans to seek a budget of more than THB 10 billion to help rubber growers and tappers cope with the dropping price of rubber.

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The Lehvoss Group is taking the next steps to expand its production capacities for Luvocom compounds. October has already seen an additional line for high-temperature compounds go into operation in Germany. Due to the outstanding level of acceptance and the exceptional success of Luvocom compounds in China, another compounding line is set to be installed in January 2019, just one and a half years after the opening of the local production plant. In North America, too, the Hamburg, Germany based group is expanding its capacities and commissioning an additional line at the location in Pawcatuck, CT, USA.

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Invista‘s site in Orange, TX, USA set a 12-month production record for adiponitrile (ADN), a key ingredient for nylon 6,6 plastics and fibres. ADN is also a key precursor to hexamethylenediamine (HMDA) production. According to IHS Markit about 90 % of HMDA is consumed in the nylon 66 chain, with non-nylon use mostly in hexamethylene diisocyanate for high-performance polyurethane paints, coatings, and epoxy curing agents.

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Era Polymers announced that they are now distributors for Saip Machinery in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

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The European diisocyanate and polyol producers association Isopa and the European aliphatic isocyanates producers association Alipa have launched a new website on the safe use of diisocyanates: www.safeusediisocyanates.eu. The new website aims at informing about the regulatory process on the proposed restriction on diisocyanates under REACH.

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The Primary Industries Ministry will conduct a study on the Rubber Production Incentive (IPG) floor price, which is currently set at MYR 2.20 per kg. Its Minister, Teresa Kok, said the government has proposed to allocate MYR 50 million under the 2019 Budget to implement the IPG to help smallholders and rubber tappers, but has yet to determine its floor price. “The problem is the quantum; the floor price, which is MYR 2.20, and the ministry will be conducting a study to see if it should remain at MYR 2.20 or increase it.

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Carcoustics announced that it has established a polyurethane box foaming plant in Bludenz, Austria, about 30 km from its existing production site in Klaus. At the new facility, polyurethane box foam blocks are produced on an area of about 800 m2. These are then further processed at the site in Klaus, which specialises in thermoforming technology.

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For the third time, Covestro has received a Sustainability Award from Henkel Adhesive Technologies. With this prize, the adhesive manufacturer acknowledges its supplier's ongoing commitment to a sustainable product and process pipeline. Particular focus was placed on the cooperation in the development of bio-based polyurethane raw materials and concepts to increase product safety, as well as the very good rating of Covestro's sustainability by the international rating agency EcoVadis.

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On 1 November 2018, Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the acetylene carbon black manufacturer Société du Noir d'Acétylène de l'Aubette, SAS (SN2A) from LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. and its French affiliate. The transaction closed on 31 October 2018. Financial details were not disclosed.

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Hyosung Advanced Materials will accelerate the expansion of its presence in the global market by establishing a new tire cord manufacturing subsidiary in Vietnam.

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