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OECD countries have agreed to update rules on the export of hazardous plastic waste for recycling in line with international changes so that advance consent from destination countries will be required ahead of shipping. However, they did not reach consensus on updated arrangements for the export of non-hazardous plastic waste. OECD countries have agreed to review the situation for non-hazardous plastic waste in 2024.

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Honeywell announced that Guangxi Huayi New Material Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Shanghai Huayi, will use Honeywell UOP C3 Oleflex technology for propane dehydrogenation for the production of 750,000 t/y of polymer-grade propylene at its plant in Qinzhou, Guangxi, China.

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Axens announced on 1 Sept 2020 that it has been awarded by BUA Group, a leading Foods, Mining & Infrastructure Conglomerate based in Lagos, Nigeria, the supply of process technologies for its greenfield refinery and petrochemicals facility in Nigeria.

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ShaanXi Qing Shui Yin Quan Coal Industry Development Co. has selected Eurotecnica's melamine technology for a new melamine plant in China. The 60,000 t/y single-train facility will use Eurotecnica's 4th generation Euromel technology, which features the traditional total-zero-pollution concept. No other details were available.

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Minister of Industries Wimal Weerawansha and Hambantota International Port Group (Private) Limited (HIPG) recently held a meeting in Colombo regarding a proposal to set up a tyre factory in Hambantota.

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Melanie Kostka has been awarded the Reifenhäuser Sponsorship Award on the occasion of IKV’s 30. International Colloquium Plastics Technology. With the Sponsorship Award, the Reifenhäuser company honoured the outstanding research work done by Melanie Kostka, who is employed as a scientific assistant at the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University.

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LyondellBasell and Liaoning Bora Enterprise Group (Bora) have started up their new 50-50 joint venture polyolefin complex in Panjin, Liaoning Province, China. The facility, which will operate under the name Bora LyondellBasell Petrochemical Co., includes a 1.1 milliont/y flexible naphtha/liquefied petroleum gas cracker, the production of 800,000 t/y of polyethylene (PE) and 600,000 t/y of polypropylene (PP).

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Huntsman Advanced Materials announced the launch of the Araldite 2000 Adhesive Core Range, designed to help businesses across virtually every industry to maximise productivity by covering up to 80 % of all bonding needs, from assembling products to making repairs in tough conditions.

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According to Covestro Elastomers, the corona pandemic is putting pressure on manufacturers of packaging materials and corrugated board. The strong business growth of digital mail order in the wake of the crisis also requires extensive support from the packaging industry to ensure the dispatch of large quantities of goods. Covestro Elastomers said it contributes to this with polyurethane elastomers and optimised delivery logistics.

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Nova-Institute, a private and independent research institute, and the consulting group COWI announced that they have conducted the first survey on renewable carbon in the chemical industry. They estimate that 20 – 25 % of the carbon supply is already renewable.

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