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Covestro announced that it will invest approximately EUR 1.5 billion to build a new world-scale MDI plant at its existing site in Baytown, TX, USA. Covestro said this will be the largest single investment in the history of the company.

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The European diisocyanate and polyol producers association Isopa and the European aliphatic isocyanates producers association Alipa have launched a new website on the safe use of diisocyanates: www.safeusediisocyanates.eu. The new website aims at informing about the regulatory process on the proposed restriction on diisocyanates under REACH.

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Carcoustics announced that it has established a polyurethane box foaming plant in Bludenz, Austria, about 30 km from its existing production site in Klaus. At the new facility, polyurethane box foam blocks are produced on an area of about 800 m2. These are then further processed at the site in Klaus, which specialises in thermoforming technology.

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For the third time, Covestro has received a Sustainability Award from Henkel Adhesive Technologies. With this prize, the adhesive manufacturer acknowledges its supplier's ongoing commitment to a sustainable product and process pipeline. Particular focus was placed on the cooperation in the development of bio-based polyurethane raw materials and concepts to increase product safety, as well as the very good rating of Covestro's sustainability by the international rating agency EcoVadis.

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The IPUA Technical Center is organising the technical training “Slabstock Polyurethane Foam” for the east region in Kolkata, India, from 22 – 23 November 2018.

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Foam Expo Europe, trade fair and conference for the supply chain of technical foam production, and Composites Europe, European trade fair and forum for composites, technology and applications, will take place in parallel in Stuttgart, Germany, from 2019. This was announced by the two organisers, Smarter Shows and Reed Exhibitions.

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On 6 November 2018, TactoTek announced the opening of an office in Ulm, Germany, to provide local engineering and project management support for customers developing IMSE (Injection Moulded Structural Electronics) solutions. The new office will complement the company’s sales offices in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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The European diisocyanate and polyol producers association Isopa announced that its Secretary General, Jörg Palmersheim, has attended a panel discussion held by Wirtschaftsrat Deutschland on sustainable industrial policy in an era of globalisation.

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Evonik Corporation has appointed the Canadian chemical distributor Emco-Inortech ULC to act as its national distributor for the polyurethane coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers (CASE) market in Canada. The company is based in Terrebonne, Quebec, and has regional public warehousing throughout Canada.

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PAI Partners has announced the transfer of its interest in Perstorp from PAI Europe IV to a new fund managed by PAI Partners and backed by Landmark Partners and other co-investors. As a part of the deal, the investors of the new fund have agreed to commit approximately EUR 130 million for investment activities to further advance Perstorp’s growth strategy. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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