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On 12 September 2018, Mol Group announced that it has signed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts with thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG for the implementation of a polyether polyol complex in Tiszaújváros, Hungary. The EPC contracts cover the entire technical scope of the Polyol Project apart from certain elements mainly relating to project management, site integration and infrastructural costs and commissioning of the assets, said the company.

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Sabic, in a notice to Tadawul (Saudi stock exchange), said it has completed all regulatory approvals in relation to the acquisition of a 24.99% equity interest in Clariant.

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According to the Russian company OCSiAl, its graphene nanotubes have demonstrated their ability to impart permanent and homogeneous anti-static properties to polyurethane materials, overcoming previous difficulties with nanotube dispersion in PU systems. The recently developed nanotube-based concentrate Tuball Matrix 202 has already built up a solid track record in applications such as industrial rollers and castors, PU shoes, printing rollers and cleaning pigs, said the company.

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The 11th edition of JEC Asia will take place from 14 – 16 November 2018 at the COEX Center in Seoul, South Korea. According to the organiser JEC Group, after the record-breaking figures of the 2017 edition, that marked the move of JEC Asia from Singapore to Seoul, the event is returning to the capital city of the Republic of Korea with a strong programme, not only on the exhibition floor, but also in the conference sessions.

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Brenntag North America, Inc., part of the Brenntag Group, has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of Valirex catalysts for unsaturated polyester resins (UPR) and Valikat catalysts for polyurethanes from Umicore Specialty Materials Brugge NV in the USA and Canada.

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Saip Equipment announced that it will exhibit for the first time at Iran Plast 2018 (hall 27, stand 1), which will be held from 24 – 27 September 2018 at the Tehran International Permanent Fairground, in Tehran, Iran. The event is one of the largest and most important exhibitions in Iran in the fields of raw materials, machinery and moulds, auxiliaries and services for the plastics and rubber industries. Saip will share a stand with Sitco Company, its agent in Iran.

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Mark Hesseling was named President of Acmos Inc., the US-based affiliate of Acmos Chemie, effective from 1 August 2018. He will lead the North American business from its Baltimore office, overseeing administration, sales, as well as logistics and operations. During his career, Hesseling held various marketing and business development roles at ICI, Freudenberg, BASF, and most recently Sherwin Williams.

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On 10 September 2018, Clariant announced that Sabic has received the final outstanding regulatory approvals from the competition authorities for the purchase of a 24.99 % stake in Clariant.

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Steve Hulme has been appointed as Vice President Commercial Operations of Jiangsu Maysta Chemical Co., Ltd. In this newly created role, Hulme will be responsible for the company’s global sales, marketing and technical service functions for the polyurethane additives business. In addition, he will also serve as General Manager of Maysta International.

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On 4 September 2018, LyondellBasell and Covestro kicked off a large investment project at their 50/50 joint venture site in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Circular Steam Project will incorporate an innovative technology into the existing production plant to convert its water-based waste into energy. According to the companies, the installation will result in an overall annual reduction of approximately 140,000 t of CO2 emissions, 0.9 Petajoule of energy and avoiding the release of 11 million kg of salt residue into the surface water.

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