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Continental celebrated the grand opening of its greenfield tire plant in Rayong, Thailand. Starting operations exactly on schedule, only two years after the groundbreaking ceremony, the manufacturing facility is a  EUR 250 million investment and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to produce about four million passenger and light truck premium tires per year for Thailand and the whole APAC by 2022.

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BASF and Aspen Aerogels announced the expansion of their strategic partnership with the signing of an addendum to their exclusive supply agreement. The addendum provides for the production and supply of a new non-combustible, high-performance thermal insulation product. The new product, complimentary to the existing Silica aerogel Slentex is said to have shown excellent performance in early testing with lead customers. As part of the agreement, Aspen has received a second tranche of prepayment from BASF which will be used to support product optimization and new process development. BASF receives exclusive rights to market the newly developed product.

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A slightly cheaper brand of motorcycle tire will soon be sold in the Philippines and it is locally manufactured, using the rubber bought from Filipino farmers. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that as much as 10,000 pieces of Pilipinas Agila Tires, the first locally manufactured motorcycle tire brand, will be up for sale in two weeks.

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Borealis and Borouge have announced that the new compounding plant of Borealis in Taylorsville, NC, USA, has come on stream during Q1 2019 as planned, with the inauguration of the facility scheduled for 16 May 2019. With production lines for thermoplastic olefin (TPO) and short glass fibre (SGF) reinforced compounds, the plant is well located to meet the growing needs of OEM and Tier 1 in the region for advanced polypropylene (PP) solutions, while adding another 30 kt to the companies’ global PP compounding capacity.

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From idea to series production-ready fibre composite solutions: At JEC World KraussMaffei has highlighted its system expertise in developing and implementing series production-ready processes for fibre-reinforced lightweight construction. The focus of the trade show appearance was on new processes and applications that are based on both thermoset and thermoplastic matrix materials. The FiberForm process, pultrusion and unidirectional (UD) tapes are front and center.

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The Rampf Group has realigned the cooperation with its long-standing partner Orient Dosiertechnik from Korea with the founding of Rampf Korea Co., Ltd. Within the framework of the new joint venture based in Hwaseong City, mixing and dispensing systems are being developed and produced especially for the Asian markets. For this, Rampf Korea will predominantly be using dispensing components from German company Rampf Production Systems.

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(Source: Rinspeed)

FoamPartner, the Swiss polyurethane foam specialist, has partnered with Rinspeed, the renowned creative think tank and mobility lab for the automotive industry, to develop advanced concepts for the mobility of tomorrow. The microSNAP concept car developed by Rinspeed illustrates the potential of innovative foam technology for automotive interiors as well as acoustic and thermal insulation.

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PU machinery supplier Hennecke is looking back at a very successful JEC World in Paris. The company presented the new Streamline MK2.

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The Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) has announced that Robert J. Luedeka, longtime Executive Director of the organisation, died on 31 March 2019 at the age of 69. Luedeka, whose career in the flexible polyurethane foam industry spanned more than four decades, became Executive Director of PFA in January 2005. This followed more than 25 years as an advertising agency executive working for industry clients, including Arco Chemical Company, Union Carbide, Foamex, NCFI Polyurethanes, the Flexible Foam Market Council, and PFA.

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Huntsman announced that its Polyurethanes and Performance Products divisions will be presenting and exhibiting at Utech Las Americas this week. The company announced to showcase the division’s broad range of amine catalysts and aldehyde scavengers for polyurethane applications within the automotive, boardstock, insulation, construction, furniture and bedding and spray polyurethane foam markets, as well as its next generation of amine catalysts for HFO-based polyurethane formulations, designed to provide the formulator with an improved polyurethane resin stability.

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