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The uneven quality of rubber products from ‘Made in Vietnam’ factories is why local rubber products are cheaper than those from other countries, according to industry insiders.

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(Source: CPI)

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has announced Demilec (USA) Inc. as the winner of the 2018 Polyurethane Innovation Award. Demilec’s winning entry, one of three finalists, was announced during the closing session of the 2018 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Atlanta, GA, USA.

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Sika announced that it has opened a factory in Dubai Industrial City to develop its operations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). An existing production facility for concrete admixtures has been relocated to the new site and expanded.

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According to the Chinese news portal “Caixin”, China’s two state-owned chemical companies Sinochem and China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina) are to merge into a new company with operations spanning the globe and annual revenues ­exceeding USD 100 billion.

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Lihuayi Lijin Refining & Chemical Co. has awarded contracts for technology license, basic engineering design services and proprietary catalyst supply to KBR for a new olefins production facility in Dongying, China.

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Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) has launched its new, state-of-the-art Truck and Bus Radial (TBR) tyre factory in Ladysmith. Sumitomo, who are the manufacturers of tyre brands like Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken, launched the factory on 2 October 2018. This second phase of SRSA’s multi-billion-rand investment to upgrade and modernise the plant’s capacity saw an additional injection of ZAR 970 million to introduce and manufacture truck and bus tyres locally. 

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Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals Co. (SIDPEC) has selected W.R. Grace & Co.'s Unipol PP (polypropylene) process technology for a new 450,000 t/y world-scale PP facility in Alexandria, Egypt. Grace's all gas-phase Unipol process provides the "most advanced and broadest range" of homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers in the industry, Grace noted.

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Covestro and the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), a chemical technology research university in Mumbai, India, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at finding innovative solutions that can act as an enabler and provide a significant contribution to achieve sustainable goals. According to the agreement, the research would span from warming and insulation for open poultry sheds, modification in the manufacturing process to produce flame retardant polyurethane and PU-PCM for cold storage.

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Huntsman announced that its Performance Products division has completed an expansion of speciality amines manufacturing capacity at its facility in Petfurdo, Hungary.

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Qatar Petroleum has announced further increase in the capacity of Qatar’s LNG expansion project, by adding a fourth liquefaction train, to raise the country's liquefied natural gas capacity to 110 million t/y. 

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