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DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced the opening of the world’s first bio-based furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) pilot production facility in Decatur, IL, USA.

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Kuraray Co., Ltd., PTT Global Chemical Public Company Ltd., and Sumitomo Corporation have announced their decision to establish a JV in Thailand for the production of butadiene derivatives. With Hemaraj Eastern Industrial Estate (Map Ta Phut Complex), Rayong in Thailand, as the candidate of the production site, the JV is scheduled to manufacture and sell high heat resistant polyamide-9T (PA9T) and hydrogenated styrenic block copolymers (HSBC). The name of the JV will be Kuraray GC Advanced Materials Co., Ltd. Kuraray holds a majority share of 53.3 %, while PTT and Sumitomo hold minority shares of 33.4 % and 13.3 % respectively.

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Already for the seventh time Desma Schuhmaschinen GmbH invites to its house fair on Wednesday, 19 September and Thursday, 20 September 2018. Every two years, international shoe manufacturers and suppliers meet up at the headquarters of the shoe machinery manufacturer in Achim near Bremen, Germany.

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Lubrizol, a Berkshire Hathaway company, celebrated its 90th anniversary on 28 July 2018. The company was founded in Cleveland in 1928, moving to Lake County in 1931. The original Wickliffe location remains the site of Lubrizol's world headquarters. Lake County is also home to Lubrizol's Painesville facility. Lubrizol owns and operates 60 manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. The company has approximately 8,700 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2017 were USD 6.3 billion.

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Rogers Corporation announced the acquisition of Griswold LLC, a manufacturer of custom-engineered cellular rubber and microcellular polyurethane foams, based in Moosup, CT, USA. The transaction closed on 6 July 2018. Financial details were not disclosed.

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Invista announced that it has begun work to bring its latest adiponitrile (ADN) technology to China to meet the strong, local demand for the intermediate chemical, which is used to make nylon 6,6, fibres and other speciality materials such as hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) for polyurethane paints, coatings, and epoxy curing agents. According to the company, engineering for a minimum 300,000 t/y plant is underway at an estimated investment in excess of USD 1 billion. Construction start is targeted for 2020 and production would begin in 2023.

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Sika has agreed to acquire Polypag, a Swiss-based manufacturer and developer of polyurethane foam systems, from FLM Holding AG. Financial details were not disclosed. In 2017, Polypag recorded annual sales of approximately CHF 40 million (~ EUR 34.7 million) with a workforce of 120 employees. The company was founded in Altstätten, Switzerland, in 1980. The acquisition encompasses Polypag’s headquarters along with the production site in Altstätten, a research and development centre in Canton Appenzell, and a production site at Landsberg am Lech, Germany. The transaction is subject to approval by the competition authorities.

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Huntsman announced that its Polyurethanes division is expanding its footprint in South America with the commercial registration of its business in Chile. The new legal entity Huntsman (Chile) SpA, based in Santiago de Chile, will supply materials and service Chilean customers from a local warehouse and customer service centre.

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Perstorp announced that it is making significant progress in ‘future-proofing’ its Capa caprolactone monomer plant in Warrington, UK. The monomer plant will be made more robust to ensure an even more reliable supply for customers around the world, said the company.

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