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The Frimo Group with headquarters in Lotte and the Hennecke Group with headquarters in Sankt Augustin, Germany, announced that they are forming a close partnership in the sector of polyurethane and other reactive plastic applications for the automotive industry. The cooperation concerns only the products and systems associated with the production of passenger cars. The agreement came into effect on 1 February 2020 and covers all international markets.

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Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, said 92 % of all non-compliant chemicals in consumer products come from outside the European Union (EU), confirming an "urgent" need for EU member states to "step up" enforcement of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) in imports.

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Covestro has showcased its latest materials for healthcare applications at MD&M West Conference and Exposition (stand 2221) from 11 – 13 February 2020 in Anaheim, CA, USA.

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Lanxess has attended World Of Concrete from 4 – 7 February 2020 in Las Vegas, NV, USA, where Bruno Motta, North American Sales Director, and Tyler Ryan, Global R&D Chemist, were onsite to promote new urethane systems for concrete forming applications.

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IAL Consultants announced the publication of fully updated and extended editions of its regional directories of polyurethane systems houses. This complements its ongoing research into the global polyurethanes industry, said the company.

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On 28 January 2020, Lubrizol Engineered Polymers announced the commercial launch of its thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) Estane 3D TPU M95A, which is said to be the only TPU certified for HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 4200 series 3D printing solution.

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A research team with participation of Evonik has achieved a breakthrough in the field of carbonylation chemistry. Carbonylation is one of the most important types of reaction in the chemical industry. It involves the catalysed introduction of a CO group (carbonyl group) into organic compounds. For more than 60 years, science and industry had been looking for a way to implement the now successful reaction step.

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The chemical company Oxea, part of the Oman Oil Company & Orpic Group, joins eight other companies in a process to create a new, integrated energy company which will trade under the brand name OQ.

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Covestro announced that it will showcase its latest materials for healthcare applications at MD&M West Conference and Exposition (stand 2221) from 11 – 13 February 2020 in Anaheim, CA, USA.

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Virginia Janssens has been appointed as Managing Director of PlasticsEurope, the pan-European trade association representing plastics manufacturers. Janssens will take up her role on 16 March 2020. She has been the Managing Director of the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (Europen) since 2012.

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