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On 17 May 2021, DuPont Mobility & Materials announced that it is investing USD 5 million in capital and operating resources at its manufacturing facilities in Germany and Switzerland to increase capacity for its automotive adhesives. The investment will expand capacity to support growing demand for advanced mobility solutions for vehicle electrification. New equipment has been delivered and installed that will increase manufacturing capacity as well as accelerate delivery of product samples to customers.

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Repsol has certified under the IATF 16949: 2016 standard its industrial complexes in Tarragona, Puertollano, and Polidux – the centres where its automotive materials are produced. The company has obtained this certification for polyols, polypropylene and its compounds, and high-density polyethylene. Repsol said that after over 30 years supplying polyolefins and polyols for the automotive sector, this new certification allows the company to take a further step in its commitment to excellence and leadership in this sector in Europe.

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Due to prevailing parameters, Arburg is cancelling the Technology Days scheduled for 7 – 12 June 2021. (Source: Arburg)

Arburg announced that it is cancelling the Technology Days event it was planning to hold between 7 and 12 June 2021. According to the company, consultations with official bodies and due consideration of the ramifications of the global coronavirus epidemic that are still clearly evident prompted the decision. The so-called 'Federal Emergency Brake' applied by the German government has a decisive influence on this situation.

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According to Feica, the association of the European adhesive and sealant industry, in August 2020 the European authorities passed a regulation revising the REACH regulation to restrict the use and market introduction of diisocyanates. The new restriction requires training prior to use for adhesives and sealants containing polyurethane. As of 24 August 2023, successfully completed training will be required for all professional and industrial users of products with a total monomeric diisocyanate concentration of > 0.1 %.

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Kuraray has signed the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), registering as a participating company on December 17, 2020. At the same time, the company joined the Global Compact Network Japan, which mainly consists of Japanese companies who have signed the UNGC.

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DuPont Mobility & Materials announced that it has won a silver Edison Award in the Sustainability category for Betaforce 2800 TC thermally conductive structural adhesives. Named after Thomas Alva Edison, the Edison Awards have recognised and honoured some of the most innovative new products, services, and business leaders in the world since 1987.

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Perstorp Group announced that it has committed to setting science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. According to the company, with ambitions to become the number one sustainable solutions provider within prioritised markets, it has already committed to becoming Finite Material Neutral. Now, the global chemical company has announced its commitment to emission reduction targets in line with Paris Climate Agreement and the Science Based Targets initiative. Targets will be set for both direct and indirect emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3 according to the GHG protocol) and calculated with projected future expansion and growth considered. The ambition is to apply for science-based targets in 2021.

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Sika has agreed to acquire Hamatite, the adhesives business of The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. Hamatite is a market leader in Japan, offering adhesives and sealants to the automotive and construction industries. According to Sika, the acquisition will strengthen its market position in Japan, increase market access to all major Japanese OEMs, and notably extend the product offering for sealing and bonding applications in the Japanese construction industry. Headquartered in Tokyo, the business generates annual sales of CHF 160 million (~EUR 145 million). The transaction is subject to clearance by anti-trust authorities.

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BASF is strengthening its innovation capabilities in Asia by breaking ground for the third phase of its Innovation Campus Shanghai and by establishing an academic sounding board as part of the Network for Asian Open Research (NAO). The expansion includes an additional research and development (R&D) building and one R&D workshop building. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. By then, the total investment of BASF into its Innovation Campus Shanghai will sum up to around EUR 280 million.

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BASF, Quantafuel and Remondis have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly evaluate a cooperation in chemical recycling including a joint investment into a pyrolysis plant for plastic waste. It is intended that Remondis, a leading waste and water management company, supplies suitable plastic waste to the plant, and BASF uses the resulting pyrolysis oil as feedstock in its production Verbund as part of its ChemCycling project. Quantafuel intends to provide the technology and to operate the plant. The company is a specialist for the pyrolysis of mixed plastic waste and the purification of the resulting pyrolysis oil; the technology is jointly developed and being held with BASF. The location of the pyrolysis plant will be evaluated together, said the companies.

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