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The European diisocyanate and polyol producers association Isopa and the European aliphatic isocyanates producers association Alipa have launched a new website on the safe use of diisocyanates: www.safeusediisocyanates.eu. The new website aims at informing about the regulatory process on the proposed restriction on diisocyanates under REACH.

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The Primary Industries Ministry will conduct a study on the Rubber Production Incentive (IPG) floor price, which is currently set at MYR 2.20 per kg. Its Minister, Teresa Kok, said the government has proposed to allocate MYR 50 million under the 2019 Budget to implement the IPG to help smallholders and rubber tappers, but has yet to determine its floor price. “The problem is the quantum; the floor price, which is MYR 2.20, and the ministry will be conducting a study to see if it should remain at MYR 2.20 or increase it.

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Rampf Polymer Solutions is presenting its range of silicone, polyurethane, and epoxy casting resins with high thermal conductivity at electronica 2018 (hall A5, stand 224) from 13 – 16 November 2018 in Munich, Germany.

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Carcoustics announced that it has established a polyurethane box foaming plant in Bludenz, Austria, about 30 km from its existing production site in Klaus. At the new facility, polyurethane box foam blocks are produced on an area of about 800 m2. These are then further processed at the site in Klaus, which specialises in thermoforming technology.

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For the third time, Covestro has received a Sustainability Award from Henkel Adhesive Technologies. With this prize, the adhesive manufacturer acknowledges its supplier's ongoing commitment to a sustainable product and process pipeline. Particular focus was placed on the cooperation in the development of bio-based polyurethane raw materials and concepts to increase product safety, as well as the very good rating of Covestro's sustainability by the international rating agency EcoVadis.

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On 1 November 2018, Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the acetylene carbon black manufacturer Société du Noir d'Acétylène de l'Aubette, SAS (SN2A) from LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. and its French affiliate. The transaction closed on 31 October 2018. Financial details were not disclosed.

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Hyosung Advanced Materials will accelerate the expansion of its presence in the global market by establishing a new tire cord manufacturing subsidiary in Vietnam.

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New flame retardant styrene-based Solplast thermoplastic elastomers from Uteksol now complement the portfolio of Hamburg-based Albis Plastic.

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Prometeon, one of the top industrial tire manufacturers in the world, has announced its plan to invest USD 115 million in its plant in Turkey until 2020. “The annual tire production capacity at the Turkish plant will increase by 75 percent by 2020 and export to foreign markets will almost double from current levels and make an important contribution to the trade balance of the country,” said a statement from the Chinese-owned company, which operates under the license of the Italian giant Pirelli, on 6 November 2018.

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The IPUA Technical Center is organising the technical training “Slabstock Polyurethane Foam” for the east region in Kolkata, India, from 22 – 23 November 2018.

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