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The Japanese Toyo Tire Corporation announced it will establish a subsidiary in Indijia City, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, the Republic of Serbia in September 2019. According to the company, the subsidiary will construct and operate a new manufacturing plant for radial tyres for passenger vehicles and light trucks on a 600,000 m2 (about 150 acres) site.

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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 will shed light on why it is doing this and the significance of the "Circular Economy" for member companies of the association. In this interview, Michael Baumeister, Managing Director Technology and Logistics at Brückner Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, gives his views on the topic.

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Evonik said it will vigorously defend itself against the action of the Federal Trade Commission, which announced it will file a lawsuit seeking to block Evonik’s proposed acquisition of PeroxyChem, a worldwide manufacturer of speciality peroxygen chemistries.

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Isopa, the European diisocyanates and polyol producers association, has for many years published guidelines for the safe loading/unloading, transportation and storage of TDI and MDI in bulk. The guidelines are part of Isopa and the polyurethane industry’s broader product stewardship efforts to ensure the safe handling and use of diisocyanates.

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BASF has announced new investments to strengthen its global footwear presence: opening new Footwear Development Centers in the USA and Thailand, launching a Footwear Innovation Center in Taiwan, and expanding the Footwear Development Center in Italy.

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The FoamPartner Group, headquartered in Wolfhausen, Switzerland, supplies trade and industry worldwide with foams for a wide range of applications. For many years now, the company has been a strategic supplier for the US multi-tech corporation 3M. FoamPartner also supplies its affiliate with more than 40 different polishing and interface pads for use in the automotive branch; some for the OEM, some for sales in the aftermarket trade.

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At the signing ceremony for the HPPO technology licensing agreements (Source: Evonik)

Evonik and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions have agreed to grant a license for HPPO technology to Zibo Qixiang Tengda Chemical Co. to produce propylene oxide. Corresponding agreements were signed by the parties in Guangzhou in China. In addition, Evonik has licensed the production of hydrogen peroxide for the exclusive supply of the propylene oxide plant to Qixiang Tengda. Furthermore, the companies have entered into a long-term agreement for the supply of the respective HPPO catalyst.

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The Commerce Ministry has made rubber and oil palm the top priority farm products for the new government to tackle under the income guarantee scheme. Whichai Phochanakij, director-general of Internal Trade Department, said it is preparing data and guidelines for the income guarantee scheme for five crops, starting with rubber and oil palm, to submit to the new government. The other three crops under the scheme are rice, tapioca and corn.

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The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) has announced the official dates, location and info for the Sprayfoam Show 2020 Convention and Expo. The event will be held from 11 – 14 February 2020 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA, USA, and will showcase solutions, best practices and innovations in spray polyurethane foam for insulation, roofing, and speciality applications.

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Icynene-Lapolla announced it has introduced its Icynene Pinnacle Program, an enhanced version of its legacy Gold Circle Program. According to the company, the customer loyalty program is designed to support its valued contractor customers in the growth of their businesses. Icynene Pinnacle members receive a wide variety of benefits and discounts, as well as support services in a number of areas.

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