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BASF announced that it will start the construction of a new MDI synthesis unit at its Verbund site in Geismar, LA, USA, in early Q2-2018. Planning and engineering for the new unit started in 2016 and were recently completed.

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The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) has announced the winners of the 13th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards. Winners of the industry awards program represent stand out contractors and projects in the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) sector in roofing, insulation and specialty applications, as well as in elastomeric coatings. Awards were announced at the awards luncheon held onsite at the Sprayfoam 2018 Convention & Expo in Mobile, AL, USA.

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Covestro had an outstanding fiscal year 2017. Driven by a high demand for high-performance plastics and significantly higher margins, Covestro increased Group sales over the past fiscal year and net income more than doubled.

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The Swedish chemical company Perstorp Specialty Chemicals AB announced that 15 employees will be given notice of redundancy.

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The PU aerogel insulation material Slentite from BASF has received the 2018 German Design Award from the German Design Council. The distinction was awarded for good product design in the Building and Elements category. The expert jury stressed particularly the varied opportunities that the material offers architects, designers and planners as a result of its product characteristics.

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According to a study from Markets and Markets, the global polyurethane market is projected to reach USD 56.76 billion by 2021 at a CAGR of 5.6 %.

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Feica, the Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry, invites experts to share their knowledge and experience at the 2018 European Adhesive & Sealant Conference and Expo, which takes place at the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference Hotel in Riga, Latvia, from 12 – 14 September 2018.

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Effective from 1 January 2018, VersaFlex Inc. and Raven Lining Systems have merged into one company, combining expertise in polyurea, polyurethane, epoxy and cementitious technologies. Financial details of the merger agreement were not disclosed.

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Lubrizol announced that it has selected Simko S.A. as the new distributor for its thermoplastic polyurethane portfolio throughout Argentina. Simko distributes engineering plastics, synthetic rubbers, rubber chemicals and industrial equipment for rubber and plastic industries in Argentina. The company has warehouse and office facilities in San Martin near the Buenos Aires highway network.

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Honeywell announced that it is suing Rhino Linings for patent infringement. Honeywell has brought a companion lawsuit against Rhino Linings, similar to a lawsuit previously filed against MEK Chemical Corp. (MEK). According to the company, MEK sold HFC-245fa in the USA in violation of a Honeywell process patent. Rhino Linings, whose supplier is MEK, also has infringed the process patent and a Honeywell patent directed to the use of HFC-245fa in foam insulation applications, said the company.

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