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The European diisocyanate and polyol producers association Isopa and hundreds of other businesses and trade associations together with Industry4Europe have called for an ambitious industrial strategy to help compete with other global regions including China, India and the USA.

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Wanhua Chemical Group has selected technology from LyondellBasell for a new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant and polypropylene (PP) unit in Yantai City, Shandong Province, China.

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Huntsman Polyurethanes has developed a new fire-rated PIR-based foam insulation for composite panels. DaltoPIR XHFR insulation technology was launched at the PPA-Europe / IFBS Panels and Profiles conference, which opened on 25 October 2018 in Thessalonki, Greece. PPA-Europe is the European Association of Panels & Profiles and IFBS is the International Association for Metal Building Envelopes.

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Resinate Materials Group, Inc. announced that it has received a six-month SBIR Phase One grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund process development related to lignin polyols for use as flame retardant (FR) polyols for rigid insulating foam applications.

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At eMove360° Europe 2018, the international trade fair for Mobility 4.0 in Munich, Germany, Covestro was awarded one of the “Materialica Design + Technology Awards 2018”. With the world's first bio-based hardener for lightfast polyurethane coatings, the company managed to prevail in the “CO2 Efficiency” category.

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The Munich-based German chemical company Wacker Chemie AG is currently expanding its Aceo 3D printing services for silicone rubber and announced the opening of a US-based printing lab by year end 2018.

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After rice and vegetable price issues have been settled, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will be focusing on uplifting the livelihood of thousands of rubber farmers. In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the DA would provide various livelihood and loan programs for Filipino rubber farmers as part of government interventions in the sector that has been hit by very low market prices.

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Datwyler has opened a health care plant with First Line standard in Middletown, DE, USA. The First Line standard is an advanced manufacturing concept for high-quality elastomer components with state-of-the-art clean room technology, automatic production cells, fully automatic camera inspection and a unique washing process. The manufacturing concept exceeds the highest quality standards of the European and American regulatory authorities and is certified according to ISO 15378.

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Hexpol has acquired 80 % of the shares in Italian compounder Mesgo from the existing main owner Francesco Caldara and co-owners. Pursuant to the agreement, Hexpol has an option to acquire remaining shares, and the Caldara family has an option to sell their remaining shares to the Swedish group.

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According to the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining IOM3, planning is well underway for the International Rubber Conference (IRC) 2019, which will take place from 3 – 5 September 2019 at the Kia Oval in London, UK.

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