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South Korean chemical companies can be negatively affected by global oil majors’ entry into the chemical industry. As global oil majors enter the chemical industry one after another, South Korean companies are advised to shift the focus to higher value-added products to cope with the situation.

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Kim Meng Ng has assumed the position of Vice President Asia at the Infiana Group.

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Lubrizol announced that it has extended the shelf life of its Pearlstick TPU series for solvent-based adhesives up to 36 months (when stored under controlled conditions). The series is used, for example, in applications in the textile, automotive, footwear and furniture industries. Furthermore, the company announced that its portfolio has been extended with new products that meet Oëko-tex compliance grade requirements.

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Stepan Company reported that, through a subsidiary in Mexico, it has closed on the previously announced agreement with BASF Mexicana, S.A. DE C.V. to acquire the surfactant production facility in Ecatepec, Mexico, and a portion of the associated surfactants business.

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In recognition of their leadership and contributions to the manufacturing industry, Covestro LLC employees Julia Rubino, Myriam Gateault and Patti Opacic were selected as recipients of the “Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Awards,” presented by The Manufacturing Institute. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards honour women and their achievements at all levels of the manufacturing industry – from the factory floor to the c-suite.

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Huntsman announced that it will exhibit at NPE2018 (stand S20103) from 7 – 11 May 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, FL, USA. At the trade show, the company will be highlighting its polyurethane elastomers products and their wide range of commercial, consumer and industrial applications. The company’s PU elastomers team will also be available to talk about the materials and machines they offer for metering, mixing and making hot-cast elastomers.

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BASF announced that it has expanded its capacities for the production of Basonat hardeners at the Ludwigshafen site in Germany. No details on the scope of the capacity expansion were disclosed. The aliphatic polyisocyanates are used in the formulation of automotive and industrial coatings, furniture and flooring coatings as well as adhesives.

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Despite low prices in both local and foreign markets, Myanmar’s rubber export will not decrease, according to Myanmar Rubber Growers and Producers Association. 

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Continuous production line for sandwich panels

At Utech 2018, the Italian-based Impianti OMS, which is a member of the Hennecke Group, will focus on continuous and discontinuous production lines for sandwich panels. Energy saving is increasingly important in the building industry and proper insulation helps to protect the environment as well as generate cost savings. Beyond that, the PU specialists will be presenting their further product range and technical innovations using audio-visual media.

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Emery Oleochemicals has announced the release of a new line of aromatic-containing Emerox polyols for pentane blown rigid PU and PIR foam applications.

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