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Arlanxeo will invest a mid double-digit million EUR amount to modernize its production sites for synthetic rubber in Triunfo, Brazil and La Wantzenau, France, over the next three years.

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As measured by the global turnover, butadiene rubber (BR) is the second most important rubber after styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR). According to the most recent study by the market research institute Ceresana, worldwide consumption for this elastomer type amounts to about 3.44 million tonnes per year. The region Asia-Pacific accounted for over 57 % of global revenues, followed at a large distance by North America and Western Europe. Ceresana expects the revenues generated with BR to increase by, on average, 4.1 % per year until 2025.

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Covestro plans to build its own chlorine production plant in Tarragona, Spain. With the so-called oxygen depolarized cathode (ODC) technology, a sustainable manufacturing process is to be used. In Tarragona, the company is building the first industrial-scale plant based solely on this technology. According to the company, Covestro is currently investing around EUR 200 million at Tarragona in order to increase the competitiveness of the location.

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To localize elastomer mixing capabilities and support continued growth in Mexico, Cooper Standard recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 100,000 square-foot mixing facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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Perstorp, who was the first to introduce pro-environment polyols (Voxtar) and also has a strong portfolio of acids for synthetic lubricants, is now extending its market lead with the introduction of several new pro-environment grades for polyol esters (POE) and lubricant producers. With no loss in efficiency, safety or other performance criteria these pro-environment polyols give POE formulators an instant opportunity to sharpen their sustainability profile, so the company. This environmental advantage can then be passed on to customers and through the lubricant value chain.

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Icynene-Lapolla, a global supplier and manufacturer of high performance, energy efficient insulation for construction, introduced Lapolla Foam-LOK 450 spray polyurethane foam insulation. An open-cell solution for homes and commercial structures, the high-performance material is notable for providing high yield and enhanced energy efficiency, passing benefits to builders, contractors and building owners, so the company.

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Albrecht Bäumer GmbH & Co. KG, a manufacturer focusing on special machines and automated systems for cutting, processing and transporting polyurethane foams and similar materials, founded in 2007 the joint-venture Greenacres-Bäumer Cutting Media (Pty) Ltd to develop market potentials in the African region. In addition to sales, service activities were expanded to include on-site knife production in order to offer customers an even faster service for spare parts from stock.

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At this year's European Technical Coatings Congress (ETCC) in Amsterdam, Covestro received the Alain Clause Award of the Belgian Association of Technicians from the Paint and Allied Industries ATIPIC for the best lecture on ecological and environmentally compatible developments. The award is endowed with EUR 1,000.

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BASF is investigating the possibility of building a highly-integrated “Verbund” chemical production site in the South Chinese province of Guangdong. Today, Martin Brudermüller, BASF’s Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, and Lin Shaochun, Executive Vice Governor of Guangdong Province, signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding in Berlin, in the presence of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

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The Lehvoss Group announced that its participation at NPE2018 was very successful. The company showcased products from the areas of customised material solutions for compounds, 3D printing materials, as well as additives and concentrates.

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