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The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) has published the 2017 edition of Worldwide Rubber Statistics, which it describes as the "world's leading source for authoritative data about synthetic rubber."

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The “forefather” of all twin screw extruders, the legendary ZSK celebrates its 60th anniversary. Werner & Pfleiderer (today Coperion GmbH), delivered the first co-rotating, closely intermeshing ZSK twin screw extruder in 1957.

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Aurora Plastics, LLC, a PVC specialist, announced on 10 October 2017 the acquisition of compounder S&E Specialty Polymers of Lunenburg, Massachusetts, USA. The move marks Aurora Plastics’ second acquisition this year and represents the company’s initial expansion into thermoplastic elastomers and further expansion into the company’s flexible PVC capabilities. The acquisition of S&E Specialty Polymers further expands Aurora Plastics’ supply chain and manufacturing footprint across the US and Canada.

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Clariant and Huntsman Corporation jointly announced that they have mutually terminated their proposed merger of equals. The decision was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of Clariant and Huntsman.

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Effective from 30 October 2017, Covestro LLC has lifted Force Majeure regarding its ability to supply toluene diisocyanate (TDI).

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As part of DowDuPont Materials Science Division’s ongoing commitment to provide customers with greater access to expertise and products, the company announced that the technologies of Dow Corning Polyurethane Additives (PUA) will be incorporated into the Dow Polyurethanes portfolio under the Vorasurf polyurethane additives brand name.

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Vencorex announced that Orkila South Africa has been appointed as distributor for its HDI and IPDI monomers as well as its Tolonate and Easaqua aliphatic polyisocyanates in South Africa.

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The polyurethanes division of Huntsman has appointed Azelis as official distributor of Huntsman Tecnoelastomeri’s Tecnothane products in France and Benelux.

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Hartalega Holdings Bhd expects stronger revenue growth this year, surpassing its average year-on-year revenue growth of 28 %.

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DowDuPont announced that it will increase production capacity at its site in Shenzhen, China, to meet the strong demand for engineered polymers used in the automotive, consumer and electronics markets.

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