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Huntsman has announced plans to build a new polyurethanes systems house in Dubai, UAE. Located within the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone (JAFZA), the facility will strengthen the company’s differentiated downstream capabilities in the Middle East.

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TSRC Corporation announced that it has increased its shareholding in Indian Synthetic Rubber Private Ltd. (ISRPL) to 50 %, as the transaction closed in April 2018.

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By modernising two existing technical support center and research lab operations under one roof in Terneuzen, Trinseo has created a new plastics research centre that will house 180 non-manufacturing employees.

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RTP’s newest manufacturing location is located at Prologis Park V in Wroclaw, Poland. The 8,000 m2 facility has a wide dock area with a high clearance ceiling, external office space, and a laboratory with controlled temperature and humidity.

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TSRC Corporation has announced its investment in the construction of a new SEBS line with 20,000 t/y capacity in Nantong, China. The line is expected to start operations during the course of 2019.

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Engineering thermoplastics supplier Polyplastics Co., Ltd. has announced the merger with its affiliate Topas Advanced Polymers, Inc. (TAP), effective 1 April 2018.

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Elastron recently announced that it will open a North American headquarters in Gainesville, GA, USA. Headquartered near Istanbul, Turkey, Elastron began expanding into the North American market in 2012.

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Mitsui Chemicals has announced plans to set up a new production facility for Milastomer thermoplastic olefin elastomer at the Ohio plant of its US subsidiary Advanced Composites, Inc.

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One of China’s leading TPE compounders Dongguan Top Polymer Enterprise Ltd. has announced a significant investment outside China. The company said that it is investing USD 15 million in a new production site in Social Circle, GA, USA.

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China's Yunnan Yun Manganese Group, a latex manufacturer from Yunnan, wants to establish a factory to manufacture rubber products in the southern provinces of Thailand, capitalizing on the rich natural rubber supply there. Li Yong Sheng, chairman of Yunnan Yun Manganese Group, said the factory will produce various types of rubber-based products. The group last week signed a memorandum of understanding with the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) and Prince of Songkla University to develop health-related products.

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