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The Sonderhoff Group, part of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA since July 2017, is presenting the newly developed Formed In-Place Closed-Cell (FIP CC) technology at the Fakuma 2017. According to the company, the technology combines the high water resistance of the silicone world with the attractive material costs of the polyurethane world.

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In response to market speculation, AkzoNobel confirmed on 30 October 2017 that it is currently in constructive discussions regarding a merger of its Paints & Coatings business with Axalta. According to AkzoNobel, this will create a leading global paints & coatings company through a merger of equals.

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SPE Central Europe has issued a call for nomination for the 18th Automotive Award parts & components for outstanding developments of plastic parts in vehicle construction. The award is presented in seven categories: Body Interior, Body Exterior, Power Train, Chassis Unit, Electronical/Optical Part, Structural Component and Enabler Technology.

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Covestro announced that it has begun operations at a new production facility for aqueous polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) at its Dormagen site in Germany. Along with a current expansion of production in Barcelona, Spain, the company is thus boosting its capacities in Europe significantly. In order to meet global demand, Covestro said that it is also building a new facility in China, as well as planning to resume production in the USA and at the same time modernizing and expanding facilities there.

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Headquarters of Hennecke in Sankt Augustin, Germany (Source: Hennecke)

The Sankt Augustin-based German company Hennecke GmbH announced that it is acquiring all shares of the Italian OMS Group. According to Hennecke, the legal closing of the transaction will be completed by the end of December 2017. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Together, Hennecke and OMS will form a leading company in the polyurethane machinery business.

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Covestro LLC has announced a number of leadership changes that will become effective from 1 February 2018: Jerry F. MacCleary, currently president and managing director of Covestro LLC and head of the Polyurethanes business unit in North America, will become CEO and chairman of the board of Covestro LLC. In addition, MacCleary, who currently represents Covestro as vice chairman of the board, a member of the Executive Committee and an officer at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), will become chairman of the ACC Executive Committee, effective 1 January 2018.

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International Automotive Components (IAC) has officially opened its new plant for tailored automotive interiors in Opole, Poland. The new location will serve as the company’s center of excellence for highly crafted cut & sewn and hand wrapped components, starting with premium instrument panels. The new operation will create about 550 jobs in the region. IAC has invested more than USD 20 million into the new location, which will cover an area of over 27,000 m² (290,625 square feet) at its completion.

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Carlisle Companies Inc., a specialist in commercial and industrial building envelope products, announced that it has completed the purchase of Accella Performance Materials from Arsenal Capital Partners for USD 670 million in an all-cash transaction.

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According to KraussMaffei, from a process technology standpoint the mixing head is front and center of polyurethane processing. The prerequisite for a high product quality and maximum efficiency is that the mixing heads adapt exactly to the requirements of the respective polyurethane product. In this area, the company presents three new mixing head developments that make it possible to increase flexibility and shorten cycle time.

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The Lehvoss Group, Hamburg, Germany, will be presenting its product lines Luvosint and Luvocom 3F for 3D printing at Formnext, held from 14 - 17 November 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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