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On 26 December 2018, the joint venture Kuraray GC Advanced Materials Co., Ltd. announced that it will invest in a butadiene derivatives plant at the WHA Eastern Industrial Estate (Map Ta Phut Complex), Rayong Province, Thailand.

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The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. announced that it has established a basic technology for a two-component urethane adhesive with high strength and very good elasticity. This technology will be applied to the development of adhesives for automotive body structures, an area expected to see rapid growth worldwide. It can be also applied to various industrial adhesives, including those used in electronic devices exposed to harsh heat cycles, said the company.

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TactoTek announced that Faurecia has signed a licensing agreement to design and manufacture IMSE solutions for its automotive customers.

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Magna has agreed to acquire Viza Geca SL of Spain, which operates four production facilities and had sales of EUR 125 million in 2017. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the first quarter 2019, pending regulatory approval.

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The GTB Global Trade Berlin GmbH with its premium brands BlackRock and WhiteDiamonds has developed a new series of design cases for the Apple iPhone products XS, XS Max and XR. The series features a particularly robust material, a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from Covestro with elastic and rigid components offering high impact and abrasion resistance.

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Recticel announced that it has entered into final agreements whereby it will first acquire the remaining 49 % in its Proseat automotive moulded seat foam joint venture from its Canadian partner Woodbridge Foam Corporation, and subsequently sell 75 % in Proseat to Japanese public company Sekisui Plastics Co., Ltd.

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The European Diisocyanate and Polyol Producers Association Isopa and the European Aliphatic Isocyanates Producers Association Alipa announced that both organisations have officially moved to a new office building in the heart of the European Quarter in Brussels, Belgium.

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Webasto has honoured the tool, machine and plant manufacturer BBG with a Partnership Award 2018 for its outstanding partnership-based cooperation. BBG supplies Webasto production sites in Europe, Asia and America with mould carrier systems and moulds for encapsulating car roof glazing with polyurethane.

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About 200 visitors from 20 nations attended the third Bäumer Open House from 18 – 19 October 2018 in Freudenberg, Germany, this time under the motto “The art of high performance”. The programme did not refer exclusively to the company's own topics. Other suppliers from the industry also gave specialist lectures on their own topics such as foam block production technologies or foam adhesive solutions.

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The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, announced the completion of a five-year update to its ISO-compliant Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for three generic SPF product formulations that include open-cell, closed-cell and roofing foams.

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