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On 16 January 2019, an alliance of global companies from the plastics and consumer goods value chain launched a new organisation to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean. The cross value chain Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), currently made up of nearly thirty member companies, has committed over USD 1.0 billion with the goal of investing USD 1.5 billion over the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment.

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Reed Exhibitions, a division of Relx Group, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions. Financial details were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory consents and is expected to close during the first half of 2019.

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Ana Carolina Haracemiv has been appointed as new head of the Europe, Middle East, Africa and India (EMEAI) region at Dow Polyurethanes in Horgen, Switzerland, effective from 1 January 2019. She succeeds Jon Penrice, who has been named President of Dow Asia Pacific at the same time.

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The German Hennecke Group announced that it has purchased the assets of US equipment, parts and repair supplier Polyurethane Process Industries, LLC (PPI) of Greensburg, PA, USA. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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BASF is highlighting its super-slim insulation materials Slentite and Slentex in a new application at Bau 2019 – fair for architecture, materials and systems – (hall B0, stand 212) from 14 – 19 January 2019 in Munich, Germany. The company is presenting its first examples of applications in carbon concrete composite façade elements in a single-family house.

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The KraussMaffei Group announced that it has completed its listing on the Shanghai stock exchange on 28/29 December 2018. The listing occurred through the transfer of ChemChina’s stake in KraussMaffei to its majority owned subsidiary THY (Qingdao Tianhua Institute of Chemistry Engineering), which is listed on the Shanghai stock exchange. In addition, THY has taken over ChemChina’s production site in Sanming, China. New injection moulding machines for the Chinese market will be manufactured at this site in the future. Dr. Frank Stieler and Dr. Harald Nippel, CEO and CFO of KraussMaffei, will lead the new integrated mechanical engineering company. The combined business will operate under the brand KraussMaffei. KraussMaffei generates more than 80 % of the approximately EUR 1.5 billion revenue of the total entity.

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The Telgte-based German company Bomix Chemie GmbH will present its product solutions for the surface refinement of polyurethane at PSE Europe 2019 from 26. – 28. March 2019 in Munich, Germany. Highlights will be the Fingerprint-Technology for invisible, counterfeit-proof product identification; release agents offering diversity for demanding applications in the areas of mobility, lifestyle and health; and a new generation of coatings and In-Mould-Coatings with multifunctional properties such as antimicrobial, biocompatible, flame retardant and conductivity.

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On 9 January 2019, Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE, and Lin Shaochun, Vice Governor of Guangdong Province, signed a Framework Agreement in Ludwigshafen, Germany, setting out further details of BASF’s plan to establish a new Verbund site in Guangdong, China. Following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in July 2018, the company has selected the city of Zhanjiang as the location for its second Verbund site in China.

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The Kürten-based German company ISL-Chemie GmbH & Co. KG, who has been a producer of pigment pastes, dyes, In-Mould-Coatings and additives for 50 years, will be presenting long-term proven products for the colouring and coating of polyurethanes at PSE Europe 2019 from 26 – 28 March 2019 in Munich, Germany.

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The speciality silicone manufacturer Siltech Corporation based in Toronto, ON, Canada, has announced the addition of four Sales Managers to its international and US sales team.

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