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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) will host its 62nd Polyurethanes Technical Conference from 7 – 9 October 2019 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL, USA. The organiser has issued a Call for Papers and a Call for Posters to be presented at the annual event.

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Dow Chemical announced the opening of a new polyol plant for rigid polyurethane foam in Rayong, Thailand. According to the company, the facility increases its capacity to offer insulation materials and solutions with reliable, energy-efficient performance.

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13. December 2018

Bill Carteaux passed away

Bill Carteaux, President and CEO of Plastics Industry Association, has passed away on 10 December 2018, due to complications from acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

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On 11 December 2018, Continental performed the symbolic ground-breaking ceremony in Pune, India, signalling the start of construction work on a plant to manufacture premium surface materials for the automotive industry.

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Environmentalists and civic groups in Taiwan's southern port city of Kaohsiung on Sunday (11 November 2018) protested for cleaner air in the wake of air pollution caused by factory emissions. "The 2018 Anti-Air pollution Rally" was organized by a coalition of environmental and health groups, including Southern Taiwan Anti-Air Pollution Alliance and Air Clean Taiwan's Kaohsiung branch.

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Lanxess announced that it is planning to invest approximately EUR 200 million until 2021 to expand its global asset base for flame retardant additives.

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A composite bonding adhesive for Audi and a nylon resin from DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers – a DowDuPont Specialty Products Division business – were selected as winners of the 55th annual R+D 100 Awards.

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The Polytec Group announced that it will build a new plant in the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ), which is located on South Africa’s south-eastern coast, to fulfil a major order for the production of complete vehicle underbody covers and other automotive components for the large volume model of a German automotive manufacturer. According to Polytec, the agreed eight-year delivery period will commence with the start of production in 2021.

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Wanhua Chemical announced that it will invest approximately USD 1.25 billion to build a new MDI manufacturing complex in Convent, St. James Parish, LA, USA. The MDI plant will have a capacity of 400 kt/y.

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Covestro announced that it has raised its stake in the Joint Venture DIC Covestro Polymer Ltd. (DCP) from 50 % to 80 %.

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