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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Albemarle Corp. said it will boost its ownership to 75 percent from 25 percent in two joint ventures in China, Ningbo Jinhai Albemarle Chemical & Industry Co. Ltd. and Shanghai Jinhai Albemarle Fine Chemicals Co. Ltd.

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TOLEDO, Ohio - Dana Corp. has completed the sale of its European fluid products hose and tubing operations to Orhan Holding, valuing the global business at USD 85 million.

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee: The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is awarding each county in the state a total of $4.2 million in waste tire grants this year.

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Lanxess A.G. has completed an expansion at its Sarnia plant that has increased butyl capacity by 42 percent to about 135,000 metric tons annually.

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WASHINGTON - Foreign Tire Sales Inc. will post an "800" number on its Web site for consumers to call for information on the recall of 450,000 Chinese-made light truck radial tires, FTS told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration July 2 in an amended defect report on the tires.

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KOLKATA, India - Phillips Carbon Black Ltd. has signed an agreement with Vietnam National Chemical Corp., known as Vinachem, to study the feasibility of setting up a carbon black plant in Vietnam.

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LYNCHBURG, Virginia - Parker-Hannifin Corp. is changing its Powertrain Division name to Integrated Sealing Systems Division.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Parker-Hannifin Corp. has acquired Phoenixville, Pa.-based Mitos Technologies Inc, which manufactures fluid-handling products and systems for the biotech industry.

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Huntsman Corporation announced today that it has received a proposal to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Huntsman for 27.25 USD per share in cash from Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., an entity owned by an affiliate of Apollo Management, L.P.

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