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Songwon International-Americas, Inc. has signed an exclusive agreement with a new distribution network in the USA, which includes Trans Western Chemicals (west coast), Chem-Materials (mid-west/southeast) and Callahan Chemical Company (northeast). Now fully operational, the network is supplying Songwon’s complete line of UV absorbers, HALS, photoinitiators, and antioxidants for the coatings, inks and related markets in the respective regions within the USA.

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Effective from 1 September 2019, the Shepherd Chemical Company, headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, USA, has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Everchem Specialty Chemicals for BiCAT polyurethane catalysts in the USA and Canada.

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Now in its 62nd year, the Center for Polyurethanes Industry’s (CPI) annual Technical Conference is the longest running polyurethanes conference in North America. With its deep understanding of polyurethane chemistry, Evonik’s Comfort & Insulation business line has been a proud partner of CPI for decades, regularly presenting technical papers at its annual conference.

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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 is shedding light on why it is doing this and the significance of the "Circular Economy" for member companies of the association. In this interview, Jörg Frömming, Sales Manager at Dekura GmbH, will give his views on the subject.

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Mexichem has announced a name change. The company’s new name is Orbia Advance Corporation. The company said that this is part of its new strategy related to the operational reorganisation of its global businesses and the launching of a new corporate brand including a new logo concept, the ImpactMark. This reflects a year-long process to transform the company into a future-fit, human-centered organisation, while elevating the work its five global business groups are doing to address the challenges that define how people live and thrive today and in the future, said the company in a statement.

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PolyMax TPE, a custom TPE compounder and manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomers has announced a significant expansion of its production capacity, with an equipment investment of more than USD 1.5 million in July 2019. The company said that it is experiencing accelerated growth rates, exceeding forecasted figures, in response to high market demand for its custom TPE technologies and proven customer-centric service models. In addition to increased capabilities, the company will be adding additional employees to operate the new material production line.

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According to Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, plastic products have become an integral part of almost every area of life. Plastic packaging extends the shelf life of food, plastic parts in cars reduce their weight and thus CO2 emissions. In medicine, plastics ensure maximum hygiene standards and make medical products safe. Despite its many advantages, this important raw material has come into disrepute for some time now – because of the plastic waste that pollutes entire regions and floats in huge carpets on the world’s oceans. But this problem can be solved. As the concept of “circular economy” plays a central role in this, it has become a hot topic at K 2019, which will take place from 16 – 23 October 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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The association of the European adhesive and sealant industry Feica announced that 650 participants from 34 countries attended the 2019 European Adhesive & Sealant Conference and Expo to discuss the industry’s sustainable supply chain management, market drivers and trends, innovative solutions and technological advancements.

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On 18 September 2019, a fire started in a non-manufacturing area at the Huntsman EMA systems house in the Orhanh Leather Organized Industrial Zone, Istanbul, Turkey. All employees and contractors are safe and accounted for and monitoring for any offsite environmental impacts is underway, said the company.

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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 is shedding light on why it is doing this and the significance of the "Circular Economy" for member companies of the association. In this interview, Andreas Lichtenauer, Managing Partner, Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH, will give his views on the subject.

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