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Saudi Aramco and Total signed on Monday (8 October 2018) a joint development agreement for a giant petrochemical complex in the Kingdom’s Jubail Industrial City. President and CEO of Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, and the CEO of Total, Jean Pouyanné, signed the agreement in Dhahran to build the world-class complex announced last April.

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture are teaming up to establish a project that will focus on lifting the living standards of smallholder rubber farmers in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

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The VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association has elected Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Managing Partner of the Reifenhäuser Group, as chairman and Peter Steinbeck, Managing Partner of Windmöller & Hölscher, as his proxy.

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Frédérique Mutel, President of Jec Group, has been promoted to the rank of Officer in the Order of the Legion of Honour (L’ordre national de la Légion d’honneur) by decree of the President of the French Republic, on 13 July 2018.

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At Fakuma 2018, Hexpol TPE will highlight its TPE compounds with low emissions for automotive interiors (Source: Hexpol TPE)

Hexpol TPE will be showcasing its portfolio of thermoplastic elastomers optimised for automotive interior applications at Fakuma 2018. Highlights are new technologies to address emerging automotive trends, particularly with regards to sustainability and vehicle interior air-quality.

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The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry is planning to offer THB 3,000 compensation per rai to rubber growers who agree not to tap rubber latex in their plantations for three months.

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BASF will showcase a variety of new products and innovations at Fakuma 2018 (Source: BASF)

BASF will showcase its latest developments and a variety of products from its extensive portfolio at Fakuma 2018. Amongst others, the company will present the following highlights:

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Covestro production site in Baytown, TX, USA (Source: Covestro)

Covestro announced that it will invest approximately EUR 1.5 billion to build a new world-scale MDI plant at its existing site in Baytown, TX, USA. Covestro said this will be the largest single investment in the history of the company.

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Eric Pierrejean has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of JEC Group. He succeeds Frédérique Mutel, who has headed the company for more than two decades.

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Trinseo has introduced four new series of thermoplastic elastomers at Detroit’s SPE Automotive TPO Conference (October 7-10, 2018). The four new TPE series include 16 new overmolding grades specifically developed for automotive applications, offering improved adhesion to Trinseo’s Magnum ABS and Pulse PC/ABS product range.

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