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The European diisocyanate and polyol producers association Isopa announced that its Secretary General, Jörg Palmersheim, has attended a panel discussion held by Wirtschaftsrat Deutschland on sustainable industrial policy in an era of globalisation.

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Evonik Corporation has appointed the Canadian chemical distributor Emco-Inortech ULC to act as its national distributor for the polyurethane coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers (CASE) market in Canada. The company is based in Terrebonne, Quebec, and has regional public warehousing throughout Canada.

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Huntsman Corporation announced that it will be showcasing its solutions at the Feiplar Composites & Feipur 2018 exhibition from 6 – 8 November 2018 at the Expo Center Norte – Green Hall, São Paulo, Brazil. The show promotes composites/reinforced plastics, polyurethanes and engineering plastics/thermoplastic compounds solutions for a variety of markets throughout South America.

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PAI Partners has announced the transfer of its interest in Perstorp from PAI Europe IV to a new fund managed by PAI Partners and backed by Landmark Partners and other co-investors. As a part of the deal, the investors of the new fund have agreed to commit approximately EUR 130 million for investment activities to further advance Perstorp’s growth strategy. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Effective from 1 October 2018, Ingo Wassum-Paul has taken over the management of the German family-owned company Hans-Jürgen Keil Anlagenbau GmbH & Co. KG as new Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Arno Haase-Camper, who is leaving the company to take on new professional challenges.

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Sika announced that it has opened a new manufacturing facility in Querétaro, Mexico. The factory, which includes an integrated logistics centre, will manufacture and locally supply the company's full range of automotive acoustic treatments and body structural products for the growing number of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) assembly and component makers located in the country. The Mexican subsidiary of Faist ChemTec, acquired by Sika at the start of 2018, will also be integrated into the new facility.

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The UK manufacturer Rotary Power announced that it is working in partnership with the R+D centre Cedepa (which stands for “centro de desarrollo del panel en continuo” or the continuous panel development centre), which tests and prototypes solutions for the processing of polyurethane panels.

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The European diisocyanate and polyol producers association Isopa and hundreds of other businesses and trade associations together with Industry4Europe have called for an ambitious industrial strategy to help compete with other global regions including China, India and the USA.

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Huntsman Polyurethanes has developed a new fire-rated PIR-based foam insulation for composite panels. DaltoPIR XHFR insulation technology was launched at the PPA-Europe / IFBS Panels and Profiles conference, which opened on 25 October 2018 in Thessalonki, Greece. PPA-Europe is the European Association of Panels & Profiles and IFBS is the International Association for Metal Building Envelopes.

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Resinate Materials Group, Inc. announced that it has received a six-month SBIR Phase One grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund process development related to lignin polyols for use as flame retardant (FR) polyols for rigid insulating foam applications.

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