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PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (PTTGC) has agreed with Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd. and Toyota Tsusho Corporation to establish the new joint venture GC Polyols Company Limited for the production of polyols and PU systems. PTTGC will hold 82.1 % of the shares in GC Polyols, while Sanyo Chemical will hold 14.9 % and Toyota Tsusho will hold 3 %.

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Total Cray Valley (TCV) announced that it will feature its latest polyfarnesene diol, Krasol F 3000 at the Feica 2017 European Adhesive & Sealant Conference and Expo. The event will be held from 13 – 15 September 2017 in Forte Village, Sardinia, Italy.

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The Lubrizol Corporation's Engineered Polymers business has announced its involvement in Feica 2017 – European Adhesive and Sealant Conference & Expo from 13 – 15 September 2017 in Santa Margherita di Pula, Sardinia, Italy. The company will participate with a technical paper, as well as exhibit its latest Pearlbond TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) novelties at stand 12.

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The Sonderhoff Group, which belongs to Henkel AG & Co. KGaA since the beginning of July 2017, will highlight its new adhesive systems of the Fermaglue product family at the eleventh Bondexpo in hall 6, stand 6419, from 9 – 12 October 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Covestro announced that it is looking to manufacture a growing number of products and their associated precursors from renewable raw materials to reduce its dependency on fossil raw materials. Working with four partners, the company is aiming to develop bio-based reinforcing layers for solid wood construction materials to replace the petrochemical products used to date. The partners are Sortimo International GmbH, the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF), the Institut für Kunststofftechnik (Institute for Plastics Engineering, IKT) at the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT).

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Following the completion of the acquisition of US chemical company Chemtura at the end of April 2017, Lanxess has subsequently adjusted its group structure. With immediate effect, Lanxess is reporting on five segments comprising a total of twelve business units.

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KraussMaffei will present its solutions for manufacturing fiber-reinforced plastic components (FRP) at the Composites Europe show (hall 4, stand D21) from 19 – 21 September 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany. According to the company, thanks to its wide-ranging expertise in the areas of injection molding and reaction process machinery, it is one of the few providers on the market to provide technologies and systems for processing thermoset and thermoplastic matrix systems from a single source.

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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) has announced BASF, The Chemours Company, and Covestro as the three finalists for the Polyurethane Innovation Award. The award recognizes the past year’s most inventive commercial technology in the polyurethanes industry and will be presented during the 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in October 2017 in New Orleans, LA, USA.

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After a successful, year-long beta phase, the CertiPUR-US program, has officially expanded its certification program for slabstock flexible polyurethane foam to include molded flexible polyurethane foam used in pillows, bedding products and upholstered furniture. CertiPUR-US is a certification program administered by the Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam, Inc. (AFPF), a not-for-profit organization.

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The research team of Ergon, a brand of the Koblenz-based German company RTI Sports, has developed the new bicycle saddle ST Core Ultra, which features TwinShell technology with an ergonomic core made of the expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU) Infinergy from BASF.

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