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Foam Expo North America 2020, one of the world’s largest dedicated exhibitions and conferences for the technical foam industry, will take place from 24 – 26 March 2020 in halls A, B and C of the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI, USA. According to the organiser, Smarter Shows (Tarsus) Limited, the event is a meeting place for the manufacturers, suppliers and buyers of technical foam products and technologies, offering attendees access to innovative machinery and services from across the entire foam supply chain. Moving into its fourth year, the event provides a unique opportunity to network with OEMs and suppliers and keep up-to-date with the latest industry trends.

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On 19 December 2019, PolyOne Corporation announced that it has entered into an agreement with Clariant to purchase its global colour and additive masterbatch business.  In addition, PolyOne has entered into an agreement with Clariant Chemicals India Ltd. to purchase its colour and additive masterbatch business. The combined net purchase price is USD 1.45 billion. The closing of both transactions is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals and is expected by by mid-2020.

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South Korea said Wednesday (8 January 2020) it will spare no efforts to revitalize the country's petrochemical industry facing a prolonged slump amid growing protectionism and competition.

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James Xue has been appointed as Michelman’s new Country Manager for Greater China. Hired in 2017, he has lead the company’s sales efforts over the past two years, developing customer relationships and building its regional sales team.

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Over 70 polyurea industry representatives from across Europe but also the Middle East and the USA attended the PDA Europe Annual Conference and Exhibition from 21 – 22 November 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

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Jeff Uhrig has been appointed as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Novomer, Inc., effective from 18 November 2019. The appointment was announced by Anthony Eisenhut, Chairman and Co-Founder of Novomer. Uhrig will oversee day-to-day business operations and direct efforts to further develop and commercialise Novomer’s catalyst technology.

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Johns Manville (JM), a Berkshire Hathaway company and building products manufacturer, announced on 21 November 2019 that it has signed an agreement to acquire ITW Insulation Systems, a business owned by Illinois Tool Works Inc. that is well known in the industrial industry for its premium, low-temperature polyisocyanurate foam insulations and metal jacketing solutions.

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Evonik announced that it is expanding the production of Rohacell rigid, closed-cell foams at its site in Mobile, AL, USA, due to increasing demand for lightweight construction materials for speciality applications. The expansion is scheduled to be completed by Q4 2020. With this investment, the company will significantly increase production capacity for high-temperature resistant polymethacrylimide (PMI) foams in North America.

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Sika has won the Swiss Technology Award 2019 in the "Innovation Leaders" category. The company received the award for its new adhesive technology used in lightweight construction in the field of transportation. The prize was awarded on 21 November 2019 at the Swiss Innovation Forum in Basel in the presence of 1,000 decision-makers in business, politics, science and the media.

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New breakthroughs and the main challenges in the field of nanopolymers were among the key topics of discussion at the 2019 Nanoaugmented Materials Industry Summit (NAUM’19) in Kyoto, Japan, from 5 – 6 November 2019. According to the event organiser OCSiAl Group, the number of graphene nanotube-enhanced polymer applications is growing fast, building an ecosystem of greater efficiency and durability around us – e.g. in wind turbines, tyres, anti-static packaging and clothes, home and industrial electronics, as well as car parts.

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