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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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BASF and Huafon Group Co., Ltd. signed a strategic cooperation agreement to extend their partnership with initiatives to develop the polyurethane, bio-fiber and spandex markets in China. The two companies will work together in the areas of technical exchange, market development, and quality raw material supply.

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Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of Dow Chemical, announced the opening of a new PU systems house in the Maharashtra state in India, further expanding its network of more than 20 sites for production, development and technical service across the EMEAI region.

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On 1 May 2018, Repi has established the new subsidiary Repi Thai Co. Ltd in Thailand, which will take over the existing business in the ASEAN region both in the Polyurethanes and in the Thermoplastics business units.

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The Ministry of Environment (MOE) announced at the Sejong Government Complex Thursday (10 May 2018) comprehensive countermeasures to more effectively tackle increasing plastic waste in the nation. The government plans to intervene in the production, distribution, collection and recycling process of products to reduce plastic waste.

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Stepan Company reported that, through a subsidiary in Mexico, it has closed on the previously announced agreement with BASF Mexicana, S.A. DE C.V. to acquire the surfactant production facility in Ecatepec, Mexico, and a portion of the associated surfactants business.

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BASF announced that it has expanded its capacities for the production of Basonat hardeners at the Ludwigshafen site in Germany. No details on the scope of the capacity expansion were disclosed. The aliphatic polyisocyanates are used in the formulation of automotive and industrial coatings, furniture and flooring coatings as well as adhesives.

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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 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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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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