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According to a study from Markets and Markets, the global polyurethane market is projected to reach USD 56.76 billion by 2021 at a CAGR of 5.6 %.

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Feica, the Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry, invites experts to share their knowledge and experience at the 2018 European Adhesive & Sealant Conference and Expo, which takes place at the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference Hotel in Riga, Latvia, from 12 – 14 September 2018.

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Effective from 1 January 2018, VersaFlex Inc. and Raven Lining Systems have merged into one company, combining expertise in polyurea, polyurethane, epoxy and cementitious technologies. Financial details of the merger agreement were not disclosed.

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Lubrizol announced that it has selected Simko S.A. as the new distributor for its thermoplastic polyurethane portfolio throughout Argentina. Simko distributes engineering plastics, synthetic rubbers, rubber chemicals and industrial equipment for rubber and plastic industries in Argentina. The company has warehouse and office facilities in San Martin near the Buenos Aires highway network.

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Jeff Downing, a founding member of VersaFlex, passed away on 25 January 2018 at age 71 after fighting for almost two years against the spread of cancer.

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At the Filtech 2018, the system provider Sonderhoff, part of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA since July 2017, will present its product solutions for the filter industry. The two-component material systems for sealing, gluing and potting filter applications are applied directly to the filter components using Sonderhoff mixing and dosing systems. For example, the Fermadur polyurethane-based adhesive sealants presented at the trade fair stand are economically even more interesting if they are used foamed for the gluing and sealing of filter media, said the company. The density of the filter adhesive is thus lower and the material consumption is reduced by up to 50 %. This saves money and weight. However, the requirements for the adhesive and sealing properties continue to be met.

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Honeywell announced that it is suing Rhino Linings for patent infringement. Honeywell has brought a companion lawsuit against Rhino Linings, similar to a lawsuit previously filed against MEK Chemical Corp. (MEK). According to the company, MEK sold HFC-245fa in the USA in violation of a Honeywell process patent. Rhino Linings, whose supplier is MEK, also has infringed the process patent and a Honeywell patent directed to the use of HFC-245fa in foam insulation applications, said the company.

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The polyurethane industry expanded rapidly in recent years and the Chinese market is expected to become the biggest polyurethane consumer market. Also, China has put its first special tax law – the Environmental Protection Tax Law – into action on 1 January 2018 to foster a more ecological civilization. So issues of excess capacity plus the new environmental regulation place pressure on the polyurethane industry to standardize their production.

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On 25 January 2018, Clariant confirmed the acquisition of a 24.99 % equity stake in the company by Sabic. The acquisition of these stakes, which were previously held by the investors White Tale – through Corvex Management – and 40 North, makes Sabic the largest Clariant shareholder. White Tale had previously prevented a proposed USD 20 billion merger of Clariant and Huntsman in 2017.

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BASF announced that it will start the construction of a new MDI synthesis unit at its Verbund site in Geismar, LA, USA, in early Q2-2018. Planning and engineering for the new unit started in 2016 and were recently completed.

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