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The Coating Additives Business Line of Evonik has extended its existing partnership with international specialty chemicals distributor Safic-Alcan regarding the Tego additives products. Safic-Alcan SAS and Safic-Alcan Necarbo B.V. will be provided with the complete coating additives range of Evonik allowing customers to be supplied by a single distributor in France and the BeNeLux region. In addition, the agreement also extends to Safic-Alcan UK for the distribution of the liquid additives in the UK and Ireland.

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Lubrizol has announced the opening of a new TPU line in its Songjiang (Shanghai) China. This expansion of the Songjiang plant follows the launch last year of a new compounding line. Both expansions are aimed at supporting the company's engineered polymers business. The company has been adding capacity to its global TPU manufacturing footprint in every major region of the world to support the fast-growing demand for specialty elastomers. The new line in China will increase capacity for specialty applications by nearly a third.

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Perstorp is increasing the effective annual Penta production capacity at its Bruchhausen/Arnsberg plant in Germany by 12.5 %. The Penta polyols are used in resins for coatings in the building and construction and steel works industry, from architectural wood to marine paints. The plant has successfully obtained the ISCC PLUS International Sustainability Carbon Certification, which is said to be an important milestone in the company’s ambitious Pro-Environment quest to become Finite Material Neutral. The expansion work at the Bruchhausen site started in June 2018 and is well on track for completion in May 2019.

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China has offered to invest in Sri Lanka’s rubber industry, Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake told Parliament in Colombo on 3 April 2019. He said that a delegation China's largest natural rubber maker, China Hainan Rubber Industry Group, from Hainan in China met him on 3 April and discussed investing in the rubber industry.

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The Twelfth International PU & TPU 2019 Conference was held in Moscow on 26 February 2019. During the event, the participants discussed in detail how the situation in each of the PU consumption segments changed in 2018 and what to expect from 2019.

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Indonesia, along with two other members of the International Tripartite Rubber Council (ITRC) – Malaysia and Thailand – will cut the export of natural rubber in an attempt to stabilize the commodity’s global price. Starting 1 April 2019, Indonesia will cut rubber exports by 98,160 tons over the next four months, while Malaysia will cut the export by 15,600 tons and Thailand, the largest rubber producer, will cut 126,240 tons starting 20 May 2019.

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In future Composites Europe and the trade association Composites Germany will cooperate even more closely and organise the International Composites Conference (ICC) jointly from 2019. The conference structure will be significantly revised and the former separation between trade fair and lecture events will end. This has been announced by trade fair organiser Reed Exhibitions and Composites Germany.

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At the Circular Economy Business Days 2018 Repsol brought together customers, recognized experts, specialised industry associations and technology institutes. During the event, Repsol highlighted its firm commitment to promote the sustainability of its materials by increasing their circularity through different initiatives, among which were specific projects to work on solutions to dispose of polyurethanes after their useful life.

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Professor Judit E Puskas, AIMBE and IUPAC Fellow, Biomaterial and Biopolymer Engineering Program at Ohio State University, USA, has been announced as plenary speaker for the International Rubber Conference (IRC) 2019 (3 - 5 September 2019). Puskas will present a talk on ‘Natural Rubber Biosynthesis: Still a Mystery.’

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(Source: Feica)

Feica, the Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry, invites experts to share their knowledge and experience at the 2019 European Adhesive & Sealant Conference and Expo, which takes place at the Valamar Dubrovnik Hotels in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 11 - 13 September 2019.

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