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At Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East, 11 – 13 June 2019, in New York City, Covestro presented its raw materials for the healthcare industry. The company showcased its Baymedix portfolio for skin-friendly adhesives, absorbent foams and waterborne coatings; and Dureflex and Platilon product portfolios for medical films.

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Amyris, Inc. announced the appointment of Kathleen Valiasek, formerly Chief Financial Officer, to Chief Business Officer effective immediately. Valiasek will assume a dedicated role of furthering the company's strategy of collaborating with large, well-funded partners to grow the company's business. Simultaneously, she will continue to oversee the company's financing and investor relations activities.

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The shipments value of primary plastics machinery (injection molding and extrusion) in North America declined in the first quarter of 2019, according to the statistics compiled and reported by the Plastics Industry Association’s (Plastics) Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES).

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Nouryon announced that it has completed a EUR 20 million project at Sundsvall, Sweden, that significantly raises production capacity for its Expancel expandable microspheres. These are used to enhance the properties of products ranging from shoe soles and food packaging to wind turbines.

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Icynene-Lapolla has launched the Icynene X-Wall System, an all-in-one continuous insulation solution for the exterior envelope, that is said to provide long term energy efficiency and savings, protecting the structure from nature’s elements.

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The PU systems house Foam Supplies, Inc. (FSI) has granted USD 40,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas for local children battling critical illnesses.

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Dow has selected Univar Solutions as a key North American channel to market, distributing its broad product portfolio of polyols and isocyanates effective from 1 April 2019. Univar Solutions, a company recently created from the combination of Univar and Nexeo Solutions, will serve as an authorized channel for Dow's polyurethane products across the USA and Canada.

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DuPont de Nemours, Inc. has announced its debut as an independent company following the successful separation of its Agriculture Division through the spin-off of Corteva, Inc. The company was formerly known as DowDuPont Inc.

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New coal-to-olefins (CTO) and methanol-to-olefins (MTO) projects in China could be delayed due to the government's intensified efforts to meet clean energy goals by reducing coal usage and changing crude oil and coal prices, according to data and analytics firm GlobalData.

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According to an article by M. Rigby, S. Park, et al., published in the international journal of science Nature 569, p. 546 – 550 (2019), the recovery of the stratospheric ozone layer relies on the continued decline in the atmospheric concentrations of ozone-depleting gases such as chlorofluorocarbons. The atmospheric concentration of trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11), the second-most abundant chlorofluorocarbon, has declined substantially since the mid-1990s.

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