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Cabot Corporation announced that it has acquired NSCC Carbon (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd. from Nippon Steel Carbon Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Nippon Steel Chemical & Material Co., Ltd. The carbon black manufacturing facility in Pizhou, Jiangsu Province, China, was originally commissioned in 2015.

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The new OPC-UA interface allows to operate the LSR dosing system Top 5000 P directly from the injection moulding machine. (Source: Elmet)

The Austrian company Elmet Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs-GmbH is presenting an OPC-UA interface for its LSR dosing system Top 5000 P at Fakuma 2018.

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At Fakuma 2018, Kraiburg TPE introduced a new manufacturing technology for thermoplastic elastomer hybrids (TEH), featuring an application-specific combination and a modifiability that are superior to the options provided by classic thermoplastic vulcanisates.

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LyondellBasell on 10 October 2018 announced that a joint venture between PolyMirae Company Ltd (PMC) and SK Advanced (SKA) has selected LyondellBasell’s world leading polypropylene fifth generation Spheripol technology for a 400,000 t/y unit to be constructed in Ulsan, South Korea.

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Covestro AG is tapping e-commerce on an experimental basis in China. The China market is the single largest contributor to Covestro's global sales. The company, formerly known as Bayer Material Science, expects to boost its total global sales via online channels to EUR 1 billion (USD 1.17 billion), by the end of 2019, said Markus Steilemann, its CEO. "We have great opportunities in terms of development here in China, particularly in e-commerce, because this is a market still very experimental, where customers love to try new things."

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Rodrigo Rezende has been appointed as Latin American Business Manager of Era Polymers.

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At Fakuma 2018, Covestro is showcasing Desmopan 37385A, the first representative of a new series of thermoplastic polyurethanes containing cardyon polyether carbonate polyols that are based on CO2 technology. Compared to conventional TPU materials, the new products leave a lower carbon footprint and help close the carbon cycle, said the company.

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Saudi Aramco and Total signed on Monday (8 October 2018) a joint development agreement for a giant petrochemical complex in the Kingdom’s Jubail Industrial City. President and CEO of Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, and the CEO of Total, Jean Pouyanné, signed the agreement in Dhahran to build the world-class complex announced last April.

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture are teaming up to establish a project that will focus on lifting the living standards of smallholder rubber farmers in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

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The VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association has elected Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Managing Partner of the Reifenhäuser Group, as chairman and Peter Steinbeck, Managing Partner of Windmöller & Hölscher, as his proxy.

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