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Hennecke laid the foundation for the development of a polyurethane spray technology in 1998 in order to establish an efficient product range from it in 2004 under the generic term PUR-CSM (Polyurethane Composite Spray Moulding). This product range implements highly flexible plant concepts in several areas of automotive and non-automotive applications. A key area of the CSM product portfolio, the so-called sandwich load floor technology PREG is celebrating a special occasion at the JEC World 2017: the commissioning of the 100th PUR-CSM PREG plant worldwide. With this, another Hennecke customer will be entering the group of companies that promotes lightweight construction in vehicles with the large-scale production of composite products on a paper core basis.

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The global automotive seating supplier Adient unveiled several products and concepts at Auto Shanghai 2017, including many that were designed and engineered in China for the local, regional and global automotive industry. Adient, created when Johnson Controls' automotive seating business was spun off as an independent company in 2016, showcased its AI17 level 3/4 autonomous vehicle seating demonstrator. The company also announced investments and growth in China as it continues to expand with its joint venture partners from 67 manufacturing facilities in 37 locations in the country. This includes a new 250,000 m2 plant to be built in Changshu that will employ 2,000 people.

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Chinaplas 2017 is set to take place from 16 – 19 May 2017 at the China Import & Export Fair Complex, Pazhou, Guangzhou, in Southern China. According to the organizer, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., the event is currently Asia's No. 1 and the world's No. 2 plastics and rubber trade fair. Not only will more than 3,300 exhibitors introduce innovative solutions for the plastics and rubber industries, but the organizer will also host a wealth of concurrent events to meet the industry's multiple needs. These have always been highlights of the trade fair, and have been well received by exhibitors and visitors alike, says Adsale. Focusing on the key topics “Intelligent Manufacturing”, “High-tech Materials”, and “Green Solutions”, the following three big concurrent events will be organized during the exhibition: the “2nd Industry 4.0 Conference”, “Design x Innovation”, and the “3rd Medical Plastics Conference”.

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Dow Polyurethanes, a global business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, announced the latest addition to its Hyperlast elastomers family, especially developed to help the industry address concerns over the coming regulatory ban of the use of MbOCA in polyurethane elastomers throughout Europe.

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Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) announced that it will move ahead to promote cooperation and licensing of its basic patent (the patent family of WO2011/125720) for the production of biomass-based polyurethane and polyester polyol with external organisations.

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Lanxess announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of US company Chemtura, a leading supplier of flame retardant and lubricant additives, earlier than originally expected, effective 21 April 2017. All required regulatory authorities have cleared the transaction.

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Effective from 1 May 2017, Covestro will increase the global prices for its Desmodur and Baytec elastomer systems, which include prepolymers, polyols and curatives, by up to 9 %.

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For the first time, Huntsman is exhibiting at one of Asia’s most influential trade fairs for the underwear industry. Experts from the company’s thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) team will exhibit at SIUF 2017 (hall 2,stand E18) from 19 to 21 April 2017 in Shenzhen, China, where they will promote a range of products that can be used to create soft, elastic, seam-free garments.

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The Korean speciality chemicals manufacturer Songwon Industrial Co., Ltd. has officially opened a new Technology Innovation Center in Korea on 23 March 2017. Located on the company’s Maeam site in South Korea, the centre encompasses 32,000 m² and includes analysis labs, synthetic rooms, clean rooms, kilos lab scale rooms, polymer processing and application labs.

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Covestro announced that it is expanding its Insqin Partner Manufacturer Program with newly signed partner Kunshan Huarich Synthetic Leather Co. Ltd., a manufacturer of polyurethane-based synthetic materials in China. According to Covestro, the two companies will collaborate to develop a new range of waterborne PU materials with focus on fashion apparel applications.

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