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The Japanese Toyo Tire Corporation announced it will establish a subsidiary in Indijia City, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, the Republic of Serbia in September 2019. According to the company, the subsidiary will construct and operate a new manufacturing plant for radial tyres for passenger vehicles and light trucks on a 600,000 m2 (about 150 acres) site.

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Dirk Elvermann, until April 2019 Member of the Board of Wintershall Holding GmbH, Finance, Sales and Commercial, has been appointed as new President of the division Finance at BASF. He succeeds Marc Ehrhardt, who will assume responsibility for the establishment of the new division Global Business Services, effective from 1 September 2019, and subsequently its leadership.

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Dow announced it will showcase collaborative, innovative and sustainable solutions at K 2019 that reflect its changing company culture and brand. The company said it is looking to encourage debate across the industry at the world’s No. 1 trade fair for plastics and rubber.

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The K 2019 trade fair for plastics and rubber will take place from 16 – 23 October 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany, where the VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association will shine the spotlight on the recycling sector and show how closed loops can work effectively. A series of interviews will shed light on why it is doing this and the significance of the "Circular Economy" for member companies of the association. In this interview, Michael Baumeister, Managing Director Technology and Logistics at Brückner Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, gives his views on the topic.

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Europur, the European association of flexible polyurethane foam blocks manufacturers, held its annual General Assembly on 12 June 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, during which members elected a new Board of Directors for a mandate of three years, composed as follows:

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Texon announced the launch of Texon Halo, a heel counter material for the footwear industry that contains a minimum of 50 % recycled content. According to the company, the product is a powder moulded reinforcement material that has very good sustainability credentials and can deliver distinct and measurable performance advantages.

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Evonik said it will vigorously defend itself against the action of the Federal Trade Commission, which announced it will file a lawsuit seeking to block Evonik’s proposed acquisition of PeroxyChem, a worldwide manufacturer of speciality peroxygen chemistries.

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Isopa, the European diisocyanates and polyol producers association, has for many years published guidelines for the safe loading/unloading, transportation and storage of TDI and MDI in bulk. The guidelines are part of Isopa and the polyurethane industry’s broader product stewardship efforts to ensure the safe handling and use of diisocyanates.

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Effective from 1 August 2019, Sucheta Govil has been appointed as new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and member of the Management Board of Covestro. She succeeds Dr. Markus Steilemann, who has so far continued to work as CCO on top of his role as CEO. Govil will be responsible for the three business segments Polyurethanes, Polycarbonates as well as Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties.

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BASF has announced new investments to strengthen its global footwear presence: opening new Footwear Development Centers in the USA and Thailand, launching a Footwear Innovation Center in Taiwan, and expanding the Footwear Development Center in Italy.

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