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We are very sad to announce the tragic death of François-Xavier Reverdy, President and owner of PU2U. He suddenly died from a heart attack the night before Wednesday, 13 September 2017.

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At Fakuma 2017, Hennecke is introducing the new machine system Colourline for the first time. Based on the Clearmelt technology, users can now also employ the colour systems to create scratch-resistant and high-quality surfaces on injection-moulded parts.

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According to reports by the US news agency “PetroChemical News” on 2 October 2017, BASF has started construction on a new steam methane reformer (SMR) at its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) facility in Chongqing, China, to enhance the reliability of MDI production at the site.

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The Lubrizol Corporation's Engineered Polymers business will be featuring its latest non-yellowing thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) materials at its distributor Danquinsa GmbH's stand B4-4507 at Fakuma 2017.

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According to a report by “The Taipei Times” on 12 September 2017, Covestro (Taiwan) Ltd. announced that it will expand the TPU production capacity at its plant in Changhua, Taiwan.

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IAL Consultants has published the study “Polyurethane Chemicals and Products in Asia Pacific (APAC) 2017”. The report contains both PU production and raw material consumption figures, with 2016 as the base year and market forecasts provided to 2021. This study updates the previous report published in 2015. IAL’s research is based upon an extensive programme of interviews throughout the Asian polyurethane industry.

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Henkel, a specialist in composite matrix resins, adhesives, sealants and functional coatings for the automotive industry, has opened a new test facility for composites in Isogo-ku, Yokohama, Japan.

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The automotive supplier Faurecia and Liuzhou Wuling Industry Co. Ltd. have established the new joint venture Faurecia Liuzhou Automotive Seating Co. Ltd. for the development and production of automotive seating products.

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Electric mobility and photovoltaics play a vital role in protecting the climate and conserving fossil resources. Combining them leads to even more innovative and sustainable mobility concepts. To show that these kinds of solutions are already feasible using state-of-the-art materials and technologies, a team of around 45 young researchers has developed a solar-powered electric car. Calling themselves “Team Sonnenwagen,” the students from RWTH Aachen University and Aachen University of Applied Sciences in Germany intend to enter their vehicle in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017 in Australia.

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Clariant announced the signing of a joint venture contract with Tiangang Auxiliary Co., Ltd., a privately owned producer of UV light stabilisers in China. According to Clariant, the two companies plan to invest a multi-million CHF amount to establish a new production facility for process and light stabiliser additives in the Cangzhou National Coastal-Port Economy and Technology Development Zone, Hebei province, China.

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