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On 20 October 2017 the automotive supplier Boge Rubber & Plastics officially opened its plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. At this location, the company will produce parts from all product lines which include chassis and powertrain suspension mounts for vibration technology chassis and powertrain as well as in the field of plastics components for the automotive industry. Daimler and the VW Group are among the first customers. Orders amounting to double-digit millions in annual sales have already been received up to the year 2029. Start of series deliveries will be in summer 2018. The production hall covers approximately 5,700 m², of which 1,200 m² are provided for plastics and 3,600 m² for rubber-metal technology. Over the next few years, approximately 150 to 200 employees will be employed here in the medium term, depending on the production starts and the product mix. The company operates under Boge Rubber & Plastics Mexico S.A. de C.V.

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Covestro announced that it has begun operations at a new production facility for aqueous polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) at its Dormagen site in Germany. Along with a current expansion of production in Barcelona, Spain, the company is thus boosting its capacities in Europe significantly. In order to meet global demand, Covestro said that it is also building a new facility in China, as well as planning to resume production in the USA and at the same time modernizing and expanding facilities there.

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Headquarters of Hennecke in Sankt Augustin, Germany (Source: Hennecke)

The Sankt Augustin-based German company Hennecke GmbH announced that it is acquiring all shares of the Italian OMS Group. According to Hennecke, the legal closing of the transaction will be completed by the end of December 2017. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Together, Hennecke and OMS will form a leading company in the polyurethane machinery business.

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Velox GmbH, a worldwide operating provider of raw material specialities for the plastics, composites, rubber and paints & coatings industries, will be presenting specialised plastics and compound solutions for the medical and pharmaceuticals industry together with its partners Topas Advanced Polymers and Innovative Polymer Compounds (IPC) at Compamed 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 13 - 16 November 2017.

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Covestro LLC has announced a number of leadership changes that will become effective from 1 February 2018: Jerry F. MacCleary, currently president and managing director of Covestro LLC and head of the Polyurethanes business unit in North America, will become CEO and chairman of the board of Covestro LLC. In addition, MacCleary, who currently represents Covestro as vice chairman of the board, a member of the Executive Committee and an officer at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), will become chairman of the ACC Executive Committee, effective 1 January 2018.

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Hartalega Holdings Bhd is reinforcing its position as the market leader with the introduction of its revolutionary new medical glove that can kill 99.99 per cent germs within a five-minute contact.

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International Automotive Components (IAC) has officially opened its new plant for tailored automotive interiors in Opole, Poland. The new location will serve as the company’s center of excellence for highly crafted cut & sewn and hand wrapped components, starting with premium instrument panels. The new operation will create about 550 jobs in the region. IAC has invested more than USD 20 million into the new location, which will cover an area of over 27,000 m² (290,625 square feet) at its completion.

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Cambodia is seeking Vietnamese investment to build factories that can process rubber, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

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Carlisle Companies Inc., a specialist in commercial and industrial building envelope products, announced that it has completed the purchase of Accella Performance Materials from Arsenal Capital Partners for USD 670 million in an all-cash transaction.

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The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) has published the 2017 edition of Worldwide Rubber Statistics, which it describes as the "world's leading source for authoritative data about synthetic rubber."

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