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Shipments of Cambodian rubber abroad increased by nearly 36 percent in 2017, amounting to 190,000 tons, according to a senior official at the general directorate of rubber.

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PDH Polska, a special purpose vehicle of Grupa Azoty, has selected Grace Technologies to license the technology for the polypropylene (PP) portion of its planned polymers project in Police, Poland.

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Sabic (Saudi Basic Industries Corp.) has begun operations at its new highly automated polypropylene (PP) extrusion facility in Geleen, the Netherlands.

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Arlanxeo announced that it will raise the prices for its Keltan EPDM grades globally, effective from 15 January 2018.

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Polyurethane Machinery Corporation (PMC) has announced that it will be extending its Mechanics Training Sessions into 2018. They kicked off December 2017 by offering both distributors and contractors a two- and three-day training, on-site at the company's 100,000 square foot Lakewood, NJ, USA, headquarters.

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Dow Polyurethanes, a business division of DowDuPont Materials Science, announced that it is launching a new range of co-polymer polyols (CPPs) to address the demanding and diverse requirements of the flex foam industry.

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SPE Automotive Composites Conference (ACCE) has announced its annual call for papers, exhibitors, part competition nominations and scholarships for their 18th annual event, which takes place from 5 -7 2018 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich, USA. "Composites – Driving Innovation” is the theme for the event and will reflect the growing interest automotive OEMs have in learning about the latest composites technologies, so SPE. The ACCE features technical sessions, a panel discussion, keynotes, and exhibits highlighting advances in materials, processes, and equipment for both thermoset and thermoplastic composites in a wide variety of transportation applications. The Automotive and Composites Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) jointly produce the ACCE.

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The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) announced that Jeff Havens will keynote The Sprayfoam Show 2018 Convention & Expo. The annual event dedicated to spray polyurethane foam (SPF) will take place from 29 January through 1 February 2018 in Mobile, AL, USA.

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Italy's Techint Engineering and Construction has signed an agreement with Ardabil Petrochemical Company to provide the technical know-how for the construction of a 500,000 t/y petrochemical unit in northwest Iran, said an official.

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PUReWall panels from Covestro offer a cost-effective alternative to site-built framing (Source: Covestro)

Covestro LLC is partnering with residential homebuilders and panelizers throughout the USA to implement PUReWall panels in the residential construction marketplace. This new insulated structural wall panel technology is being showcased at the International Builders' Show (IBS) from 9 – 11 January 2018 in Orlando, FL, USA.

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