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Royal DSM and Roquette Frères, the parent companies of Reverdia – a joint venture for the production bio-succinic acid under the trademark Biosuccinium, have announced a strategic shift in the continuing operations of their JV. Effective from 1 April 2019, the joint venture will be dissolved and the partners will transfer the rights and obligations related to Reverdia’s plant in Cassano, Italy, to Roquette.

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Evonik announced that it will introduce the latest addition to its Vestanat product family at the European Coatings Show (ECS) 2019. As a constituent of one-component clear coatings, Vestanat EP-EF 201 silane/polyurethane hybrid crosslinker is said to impart a particularly sophisticated visual appearance to metal and wood coatings.

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Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) announced that it has selected a location in the USA for a world-scale polymerisation plant for its Expancel expandable microspheres. Advanced engineering is under way and long delivery item procurement has started. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2020, subject to final board approval, said Nouryon.

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Vencorex announced that it is launching a solvent-free and low viscosity polyisocyanate at the European Coatings Show (ECS) 2019, which will take place from 19 – 21 March 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany.

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Effective from 1 April 2019, Dr. Michael J. Ruf will take up the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the KraussMaffei Group. The COO is a newly created role within the Executive Committee, strengthening the company’s management team. The Executive Committee currently consists of CEO Frank Stieler, CFO Harald Nippel and the heads of the four business segments Injection Molding Machinery (IMM), Extrusion Technology (EXT), Reaction Process Machinery (RPM), and Digital Service Solutions (DSS).

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Composites made with the new PU resin system can provide weight-saving solutions with high strength and rigidity for automotive interiors (Source: Huntsman)

Huntsman Corporation announced the introduction of a new Rimline HC+ polyurethane resin system at JEC World 2019, that is said to offer benefits for automotive interior vehicle design and efficiency.

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FRX Polymers Inc., a supplier of polymeric halogen-free flame retardant solutions, has been named to the “2019 Global Cleantech 100 List”, which recognizes the world’s leaders in sustainable innovation. The company, which earned the distinction for the sixth time in the last ten years, was recognized for its successful commercial work for its Nofia flame retardant products. Cleantech Group released the tenth Global Cleantech 100 report on 28 January 2019 at its annual Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, CA, USA.

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Huntsman’s footwear team announced the launch of two new Avalon TPU grades and three new water-blown polyurethane technologies at Simac 2019.

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On 5 March 2019, FXI and Innocor, two leading producers of polyurethane foam products, announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement. According to the two partners, the combined company will offer a complete array of solutions and serve customers across a broad range of end markets, including bedding, furniture, transportation, medical, filtration, acoustics, and industrial. Financial terms were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close during H2 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

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Henkel announced that it is expanding its Loctite Max polyurethane matrix resins portfolio by a family of materials based on epoxy. This resin portfolio is targeting the market of demanding automotive composite high temperature applications, such as wheels. According to the company, Loctite Max5 NextGen exhibits exceptional clarity for a rich carbon look, while upcoming Loctite Max6 combines very high heat resistance with unique toughness.

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