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The Lubrizol Corporation's Engineered Polymers business announced the launch of the new Pearlbond 1160L thermoplastic polyurethane grade for adhesive powders, webs and films. The product complements the company's current high-crystalline offering for adhesive films and PVC co-extrusion.

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DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announced that all required regulatory approvals and clearances have been received, that all conditions to closing of their merger of equals have been satisfied, and that their merger of equals will close after the market closes on 31 August 2017.

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The Cannon group announced that it will present its polyurethane and automation technologies at the PU China 2017 exhibition, hall 1, stand 50, from 29 – 31 August 2017 in Guangzhou, China. Its solutions are ready to help the development of the transport sector along the new Silk Road that will link China to Europe and the western Asian countries, says Cannon.

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Siltech Corporation announced that it will promote its new Silstab 2450 and Silstab 2580 silicone surfactants for HFO LBA blown foams, that offer improved polyol-side stability for rigid foams, at the 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference of the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI).

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The Ukrainian company OSV Technologiya announced that it has founded the new company, OSV Poland Sp. z o.o. in May 2017. Located in Rybnik, Silesia region, Poland, the subsidiary will provide technical support for customers in Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany.

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Clariant and Huntsman Corporation have presented a first update on the planned merger of equals to keep their shareholders informed. According to the companies, the preparations to create HuntsmanClariant, a leading global specialty chemicals company, are showing continued strong progress and are proceeding as planned with an unchanged closing targeted for December 2017 / January 2018.

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The gentle touch mixing and processing technology from Lindor Products uses a rotating vessel to enable gravity to gently mix powders and granulates and to expose these to other applications like heat treatment and soaking in liquid agents. Amongst others, an Italian producer of thermoplastic polyurethanes and polyesters uses the gentle touch technology to homogenise the pellets and to add a liquid crosslinking agent. Product integrity and pure processing without product degradation lead to important performance improvements of the polymers.

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New Skarvan trekking shoes launched by Vaude (Source: Vaude)

Reverdia’s Biosuccinium has been used in the production of bio-based materials for Vaude’s new Skarvan range. As part of the redesigned Summer 2018 Shoe Collection, they offer consumers a sustainable choice of trekking shoes and were unveiled at the OutDoor 2017 show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

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BASF announced that it has improved the process for manufacturing its polyether polyol Lupranol, so that car components which are made of the company's polyurethane systems emit an average of 20 % less aldehyde.

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The Yiyang Rubber & Plastics Machinery Group Co. announced that its 3.2 m x 16 m super flat-panel vulcanising machine – the biggest of its kind in China – has produced a steel cord conveyor belt that is 104 m long, 2.8 m wide and 42 mm thick at Baotong Science and Technology Co., Ltd. in Wuxi, China.

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