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Clariant and India Glycols Limited (IGL), a producer of green technology-based chemicals, announced the successful creation of their 51 % – 49 % joint venture for renewable ethylene oxide (EO) derivatives after receiving all necessary regulatory approvals. The joint venture will operate under the name Clariant IGL Specialty Chemicals Private Limited.

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According to Oerlikon Barmag, polyurethane has become an integral part of our everyday lives, e.g. in the construction industry or in automobile building, in sports and leisure or in manufacturing furniture, for insulating or for sound-proofing. Its applications are as diverse as the respective manufacturing processes are complex. At this year’s PU China – taking place in Shanghai from 28 – 30 July 2021 – the company will be exhibiting (Stand 225) its precision metering pumps with tailor-made solutions even for the most demanding tasks in the chemicals industry, increased productivity and durability.

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Recticel Engineered Foams USA announced that it was awarded the supply of high-performance foam-based thermal and acoustic protection systems for the New Glenn rocket fairing kit of aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin. After having supplied comparable solutions to SpaceX, this cooperation confirms Recticel’s ability to offer sophisticated materials for the demanding space industry, said the company.

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Christopher Metz (Source: Isopa)

The Isopa General Assembly has elected Christopher Metz, Vice-President of Business Management Isocyanates at BASF, as the new President of the European diisocyanate and polyol producers association. Metz was previously Vice-President of Isopa and succeeds Herman Motmans, Sr. Product Director Dow Polyurethane. The Isopa General Assembly confirmed Erik Vangronsveld, Global Materials & Industry Sustainability Director at Huntsman, as the new Vice-President of Isopa to succeed Metz in this role.

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Dow has announced a series of incremental, high-return capacity expansions to support growing demand across key end-markets on 1 July 2021.

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Woodbridge announced it has been awarded a Silver medal by EcoVadis in recognition of ranking in the top quartile of all organisations assessed globally by EcoVadis for sustainability performance. Woodbridge’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme and related policies ranked in the 85th percentile of all companies assessed.

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Phil Lister (Source: Huntsman)

Phil Lister has been appointed as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Huntsman Corporation, effective 1 July 2021. He will replace long-time company veteran Sean Douglas, who recently accepted a full-time calling to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lister will report to Huntsman's Chairman, President and CEO, Peter Huntsman, and will oversee the company's accounting, financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, corporate development, information technology, internal audit, investor relations, tax and treasury functions.

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The invisible carbon footprint (Source: nova-Institut GmbH)

In light of increased efforts towards climate neutrality by 2050, the European Union (EU) is working on the implementation of a so-called carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM), which would put a carbon price on imports of certain goods from outside the EU. In the recent publication, nova-Paper #15 „A Tax on Fossil Carbon is More Effective Than a Tax on CO2 Emissions“, the nova-Institute introduces and discusses the realisation of the CBAM as a tax on fossil carbon. The proposed fossil carbon tax is a simple, effective and elegant tool to achieve the goals of the carbon border adjustment mechanism. It is in line with the ambitious climate goals of the EU and supports both the decarbonisation of the energy sector as well as the transformation of the chemicals and derived materials sector from fossil to renewable carbon, said nova-Institute.

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The Landau-based German company Wickert Maschinenbau GmbH announced it is changing from a manufacturer of customised presses to an all-round provider for composite manufacturing. The family-run company said it is thus reacting to the increasing demand for supplementary services revolving around the planning and development of press systems.

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According to KraussMaffei, converting clean industrial waste or contaminated mixed waste from the “Green Dot” system into pure polymers or even complex recompounds – plastics recycling is a highly diverse and extremely challenging task. As an experienced machine manufacturer and material expert, KraussMaffei's extrusion division brings a great deal of expertise to the table – perfect prerequisites for sustained success in this important growth market. The company said its extrusion technology is an ideal choice for plasticising and degassing process steps as well as for repelletising and recompounding.

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