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Liquid Rubber from Kuraray is ideal for demanding surface materials, e.g. in the automotive industry or shipbuilding (Source: Kuraray)

Kuraray announced that it will present its Mowital, Poval and Liquid Rubber (K-LR) brands, including a new heat-resistant PVB material and two new high-molecular polyvinyl alcohols, at the European Coatings Show (ECS) 2019 from 19 – 21 March 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany.

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The Fermapor CC seal made of polyurethane is very robust and ice water resistant (Source: Sonderhoff)

The system supplier Sonderhoff, part of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, offers the plastic and metal processing industry in France sealing, adhesive and sealing solutions based on polyurethane, silicone or PVC for a wide variety of applications. At Midest Lyon (5 – 8 March 2019), Sonderhoff will be presenting itself as a specialist for innovative sealing technology from a single source (System-3): material and machine as well as the sealing, gluing and potting of components in contract manufacturing. The System 3 concept from Sonderhoff can be individually tailored to the customer's production processes to provide maximum flexibility in the design of the material recipe and machine configuration.

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Lanxess is showcasing its extensive range of products and versatile solutions for manufacturing tyres at the Tire Technology Expo (TTE) 2019. These include environmentally friendly Rhenodiv release agents, Rhenomark tyre marking paints, Rhenoshape tyre vulcanisation bladders, Rhenogran aramid-fibre masterbatches, additives, accelerators and antidegradants. The company is represented at the event by its Rhein Chemie and Advanced Industrial Intermediates business units.

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Arlanxeo is highlighting its latest achievements and developments in new eMobility oriented technologies at the Tire Technology Expo (TTE) 2019. The products are marketed under two brands: X_Butyl, which stands for premium butyl rubber products, and Buna, which stands for a multilateral range of butadiene rubber products. In the tyre sector, Arlanxeo’s rubber products are said to offer exceptional dynamic properties, strong impermeability, good resilience and grip, reduced rolling resistance, and high durability to ensure tyre performance while decreasing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

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Saudi Aramco on 22 February 2019 signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) aimed at expanding its downstream presence in the Zhejiang province, one of the most developed regions in China. The company aims to acquire a 9 % stake in Zhejiang Petrochemical’s 800,000 barrels per day integrated refinery and petrochemical complex, located in the city of Zhoushan.

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The Indonesian government has announced three new policies that aim to jack up the price of natural rubber, which has hit a record low since 2018. Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said the new policies would restrict natural rubber exports, expand the domestic use of rubber in construction, and replant rubber plantations.

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In passenger cars, “green” tyres have already proven to be effective in conserving resources. Evonik has now developed the silica Ultrasil 9100 GR that, according to the company's latest findings, is particularly suitable for use in truck and bus (TBR) tyres. In contrast to passenger car tyres, these use mainly natural rubber, which, in combination with the silane, places special requirements on the silica.

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Duna-USA has completed a multi-million USD expansion of its Baytown, TX, USA, headquarters and manufacturing facility. The expansion, which began in fall 2016, included the addition of a new manufacturing building, new office building, automated fabrication department with five-axis CNC machinery and robotic warehouse, and an additional “continuous” low-density Corafoam production line.

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Ineos Styrolution announced it has completed the acquisition of two polystyrene (PS) sites in China from Total SA for an undisclosed amount. The sites, each having a nameplate capacity of 200,000 t/y of PS, are located at Foshan in Guangdong Province, and Ningbo in Zhejiang Province. The transaction also includes a polypropylene compounds manufacturing unit at Ningbo, and two related sales offices in Guangzhou and Shanghai.

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IAL Consultants has published the twelfth edition of its report “Polyurethane Chemicals and Products in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), 2018”. This study updates and expands upon the information included in the previous report published in 2016 and contains both PU production and raw material consumption figures, with 2017 as the base year and market forecasts provided to 2022. The data in this eight-volume report includes raw material consumption by product type, by region, by country and by major end-use industry.

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