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Composite products, based on polyurethane technologies from Huntsman, are taking centre stage at a design exhibition at the Design Museum Gent in Belgium.

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The foundation repair company Ram Jack announced that it has established a new partnership with NCFI, a leader in polyurethane solutions, to release Ram Jack Poly Solutions.

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Perstorp Holding AB announced that it has agreed to sell its caprolactone business Capa, including the production site in Warrington, UK, to Ingevity Corporation for approximately EUR 590 million. The transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in Q1 2019.

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In response to the European Plastics Strategy, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry SusChem and its partners – the European Chemical Industry Council Cefic, PlasticsEurope, the European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and the European Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform (ECP4) – have issued the new report Plastics Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in a Circular Economy.

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Innovative materials and technology have been a hallmark of all presentations staged at the K trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, the international flagship fair for the plastics and rubber industry. K 2019, which will take place from 16 – 23 October 2019, will also revolve around the key issues of circular economy, resource conservation and digitisation, all of which will be addressed at exhibition stands and by the accompanying programme.

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Dow Chemical announced the opening of a new polyol plant for rigid polyurethane foam in Rayong, Thailand. According to the company, the facility increases its capacity to offer insulation materials and solutions with reliable, energy-efficient performance.

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13. December 2018

Bill Carteaux passed away

Bill Carteaux, President and CEO of Plastics Industry Association, has passed away on 10 December 2018, due to complications from acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

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On 11 December 2018, Continental performed the symbolic ground-breaking ceremony in Pune, India, signalling the start of construction work on a plant to manufacture premium surface materials for the automotive industry.

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Environmentalists and civic groups in Taiwan's southern port city of Kaohsiung on Sunday (11 November 2018) protested for cleaner air in the wake of air pollution caused by factory emissions. "The 2018 Anti-Air pollution Rally" was organized by a coalition of environmental and health groups, including Southern Taiwan Anti-Air Pollution Alliance and Air Clean Taiwan's Kaohsiung branch.

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Lanxess announced that it is planning to invest approximately EUR 200 million until 2021 to expand its global asset base for flame retardant additives.

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