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Huntsman announced that its Auburn Hills, MI, USA, site has become one of the state’s longest running holders of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) Star award. The site was recently granted its fifth consecutive Star certificate – an accolade it has held continuously since 2004.

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The German company Hennecke GmbH is well-known for providing polyurethane systems and technologies that are geared to meeting customer requirements in all conceivable applications. According to the company, this would not be possible without intensive and continuous research and development at the in-house Techcenter. This example from Nanostone Water GmbH demonstrates how a ceramic industrial filter with a polyurea coating was developed for serial production at the Techcenter in close cooperation with the customer.

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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council announced Dr. Deborah Mielewski, an award-winning pioneer for sustainability in the automotive industry, will deliver the keynote at the 62nd Polyurethanes Technical Conference on 7 October 2019. The conference will take place from 7 – 9 October 2019 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, FL, USA.

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Dow announced the recent completion of a project with customer Kraiburg Relastec GmbH & Co. KG to power a new running track exhibit at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Sibur announced it is currently commissioning its ZapSibNeftekhim integrated petrochemical complex in Tobolsk, Russia, the "largest" petrochemical complex in the country. The USD 9.5 billion project involves a steam cracker with the capacity to produce 1.5 million t/y of ethylene, about 500,000 t/y of propylene and 100,000 t/y of butane/butylene fraction, as well as polyethylene and polypropylene units with a combined total capacity of 2 million t/y. Start-up is expected to begin this quarter. "The products of this plant will play an important role in replacing foreign polymers and increasing the share of non-primary, non-energy exports," the company noted.

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A BASF plastic additives package is helping to protect the roof at Incheon Airport’s Terminal 2, with thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) sheets produced by Wonpoong Corporation in South Korea under the brand name SuperGuard.

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LyondellBasell announced that Phu My Plastics Production JSC has chosen its Spheripol polypropylene (PP) process technology for a new 300,000 t/y PP plant in Vietnam.

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Marine oil spill barriers, also known as oil containment booms, can last longer and keep oil spills under control even under intense sunlight, thanks to light stabilisers from BASF. The South Korean company Wonpoong Corporation is now using BASF’s Tinuvin range of plastic additives to increase the lifespan of oil containment booms, thereby reducing the maintenance costs and environmental impact.

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Petron Corp., the country’s largest oil refiner, is completing the USD 100 million expansion of its polypropylene plant that would propel it to become the top producer of resin by 2020. The oil firm is expanding its polypropylene plant which is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, Petron president and CEO Ramon Ang said. According to Ang, the company invested USD 100 million to raise the plant’s rated capacity of up to 160,000  t/y to 220,000 t/y.

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In this new issue you can read about past fairs and conferences such as Foam Expo North America in Novi, MI, one of the most important trade shows for the foam industry, the European Coatings Show in Nuremberg, Germany, the leading trade fair for the global coatings industry, and the PSE Europe, the international Expo for PU Solutions.

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