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Icynene U.S. Holding Corp. and Lapolla Industries Inc. have announced the completion of their previously announced merger. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Icynene acquired all the outstanding shares of Lapolla in a transaction valued at approximately USD 160 million, including net debt.

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Vince Scattolino, Vice President of Product Development and Innovation at Sinomax, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam (AFPF), the not-for-profit organisation that administers the CertiPUR-US foam certification programme.

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Velox GmbH is the exclusive European distribution partner of FRX Polymers Inc., a producer of polymeric halogen-free flame retardant solutions. Velox recently announced the availability of Nofia non-halogenated polyphosphonates from FRX Polymers as a replacement for antimony trioxide (ATO) in brominated flame retardant products.

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Lanxess announced that it plans to acquire the phosphorus chemicals business with a US production site from Belgian chemical group Solvay. Both companies have signed an agreement to this effect. According to Lanxess, the acquisition will expand its Additives segment, which achieves annual sales of around EUR 2 billion with approximately 2,000 employees around the globe. The transaction is projected to conclude in the first half of 2018, subject to customary regulatory approvals.

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Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of DowDuPont Materials Science, has started up two new prepolymers reactors at its largest PU System House in Ahlen, Germany. According to Dow, with this focused investment the company adds production capacity to its network of Systems Houses around the world, and strengthens its position as a supplier of customised polyurethane solutions to the growing industrial and infrastructure markets.

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Fill Machine Engineering recently announced that it is investing a total of EUR 7.5 million in its headquarters in Gurten, Austria. In the coming months, 5,000 m2 of additional production space for assembling machines and systems will be created. The electrical workshop area will also be doubled in size. Completion of the entire project is scheduled for late March 2018.

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BASF India Limited announced that it plans to expand its manufacturing capacity of Cellasto cellular polyurethane elastomers and cease thermoplastic polyurethane manufacturing at its Dahej plant in Gujarat, India, in line with changing customer needs in the South Asia region.

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Lanxess announced that its Urethane Systems business unit has joined the Center for UMass/Industry Research on Polymers (CUMIRP) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, USA, in order to enhance its scientific research on next generation materials.

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Stephanie Clark has been appointed as new Senior Director, Sales and Advertising at the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE). Previously she was Director, Sales at NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association in the last three years, where she sold exhibits, sponsorships, advertising, and partnerships along with managing exhibitor services.

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The Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) has announced the launch of a new educational event, The Plastics Leadership Summit, which will add an educational component to NPE2018: The Plastics Show, which takes place from 7 – 11 May 2018 in Orlando, FL, USA. According to Plastics, the Summit will provide plastics industry and end-market executives and senior management with access to the latest organizational tools and up-to-the-minute business imperatives and insights that determine company success now, and in the future. The education program is designed to provide cutting edge business insights to C-suite executives.

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