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Effective 1 July 2016 Klaus Junginger, 51, took over the position as managing director of the Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK). He follows in this position Dr. Hans W. Schloz who led the association for over 15 years.

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China must shut down outmoded facilities, consolidate production and reduce pollution to increase the competitiveness of its petrochemical industry, according to a guideline issued in Beijing Wednesday (3 Aug 2016).

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Huntsman announced that the Vitrox resin system from its Polyurethanes division has been named a finalist for the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) 2016 Polyurethane Innovation Award. The award recognises companies and individuals that bring new products, technologies and initiatives to the marketplace.

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Sailing professional Roland Gäbler is working with Evonik Industries AG to build a new high-speed boat that will be sailed close to the coast and will lift out of the water even with light winds. The 52-year-old sportsman from Germany has won more than 70 international championships, is a multiple world and European champion and was a bronze-medal winner at the Sydney Olympic Games.

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Emery Oleochemicals, the world’s leading natural–based chemicals producer and largest oleochemicals manufacturer in North America, has announced the completion of its new 7,500 square foot Technical Development Center (TDC).

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The Foam Expo 2017 will be held from 28 February – 2 March 2017 in Novi, MI, USA. The event is North America’s first free-to-attend exhibition and conference for the technical foam industry. The exhibition will showcase new product applications, services and equipment from the following six sectors: automotive, aerospace, industrial/technical packaging, construction, medical, sports and leisure.

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The second Asean polyurethane industry expo PU Tech Asia 2017 has opened for booth reservation. The event is being organised by TechnoBiz Group from 11 – 12 July 2017 at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Center (BITEC) in Bangkok, Thailand, and will focus on latest developments in the PU industry. The event is co-located with the first edition of Mattress Tech Asia 2017.

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At K 2016, Lanxess’ Rhein Chemie Additives (ADD) business unit will present its extensive portfolio of flame retardants. The focus is on halogen-free products based on phosphorus. Amongst others, the company will showcase a low-emission flame retardant for flexible polyurethane foams and biopolymers as well as a cost-effective low-odour solution for a wide variety of applications.

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A new Commission study shows that the cost of implementing major regulations for the European chemical industry doubled between 2004 and 2014. Europe’s regulatory framework for chemicals, along with industry’s own efforts, plays an essential role in ensuring the protection of human health and the environment. However, Europe’s complex regulatory framework also poses a significant burden on EU chemical companies, amounting to about EUR 10 billion per year over the period studied.

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The chemical company Wanhua BorsodChem and the information and communications technology provider Huawei Technologies announced the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement in Budapest, Hungary, on 28 July 2016. Under the agreement, the two companies will cooperate in setting up a big-data centre, cloud-based technology and network for machine-to-machine communication.

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