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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) is now accepting applications for the highly regarded annual Polyurethane Innovation Award. This annual industry-wide competition recognizes the most inventive technologies and advancements in the polyurethanes industry. Innovators are encouraged to submit their applications before 15 June 2018.

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S. Thomas, J. Datta, J. Haponiuk, A. Reghunadhan (eds.), William Andrew Publishing/Elsevier, Oxford, UK, 2017, 442 p., hardcover, USD 200.00, ISBN 978-0-128-04039-3, ebook, USD 200.00, ISBN 978-0-128-04039-3

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Effective from 7 March 2018, Daniele Ferrari has been ­appointed as a new independent director in Huntsman’s Board of Directors. The board now comprises eight directors, seven of whom are independent directors.

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Lanxess announced that it has developed Vibrathane 7085, a polyester-based prepolymer for hot cast elastomers. According to the company, the product has MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) end groups and cures with 1,4-butanediol to polyurethane cast elastomers, distinguished by a low compression set and a high tear strength at hardnesses of 83 – 87 Shore A.

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Lubrizol has announced an update to its global expansion programme supporting its Engineered Polymers thermoplastics polyurethane business and growing global demand for its Estane TPU, Pearlthane TPU, Pearlbond TPU, and other product lines. The programme is said to comprise multi-million-dollar expansions, with a combined investment of nearly USD 80 million.

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The Engineered Polymers business of Lubrizol Corporation is exhibiting at Chinaplas 2018 (hall 6.2H, stand J47) from 24 – 27 April 2018 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China. The company is highlighting Estane TPU, the cornerstone of its Engineered Polymers portfolio, alongside other products and innovative applications for end-markets including industrial, sports and recreation and electronics.

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Songwon Industrial Group is exhibiting its light and heat stabilizers, antioxidants, thermoplastic polyurethanes, PVC stabilizers and plasticizers at Chinaplas (hall 8.2H, stand J45) from 24 – 27 April 2018 in Shanghai, China.

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Rampf Production Systems and its partner for the Asian markets, Orient-Rampf Dosiertechnik (Souzhou) Co., Ltd., are exhibiting their mixing and dispensing systems for sealing, casting, and bonding single-, dual-, and multi-component reactive plastic systems at Chinaplas 2018 (hall 2H, stand 2J71) from 24 – 27 April 2018 in Shanghai, China.

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Lanxess is presenting its latest developments in materials, processes and technologies for plastics solutions at Chinaplas 2018 (hall 7.2, stand T31) from 24 – 27 April 2018 in Shanghai, China. Also on display are additives and colour pigments developed for the polymer industry. Amongst these, the company is exhibiting its halogen-free phosphorous flame retardant and hydrolysis stabilizers.

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Repsol announced that its chemical business has signed up a voluntary commitment to increase the circularity and efficiency of resources. According to the company, this commitment is achieved through its adhesion to “Plastics 2030 – Voluntary Commitment”. PlasticsEurope published this voluntary commitment following the European Commission’s announcement on their Plastics Strategy initiative, adopted in January 2018.

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