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Shanghai Shenda Co., Ltd. and International Automotive Components (IAC) Group have officially closed a joint venture transaction, forming Auria Solutions, Ltd. – a new global supplier of soft trim and acoustical products for the automotive industry.

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Chemicals supplier Covestro (Taiwan) Ltd said it is to expand production capacity of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) at its plant in Changhua County.

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BASF has started construction on a new steam methane reformer (SMR) at its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) facility in Chongqing, China, to enhance the reliability of MDI production at the site.

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FRX Polymers Inc. has announced the availability of its Nofia non-halogenated polyphosphonates as a replacement for antimony (ATO) in brominated flame retardant systems. Nofia flame retardants (FRs) serve as a synergist in brominated flame retardant products, delivering lighter weight and reduced cost, according to the company.

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The German speciality films manufacturer Infiana and the paints and coatings specialist AkzoNobel announced that they will be working in close cooperation on the release film technology FlexPlas and its applications for composites production in the wind power industry.

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Evonik has started up a new plant in Shanghai, China, for the production of a wide range of organically modified speciality silicones. The products, which are manufactured in batch processes, are used in, e.g., polyurethane, paints, and coatings applications as well as in a variety of industrial applications. Evonik invested a high two-digit million euro sum in the construction of the new production facilities, which have simplified the company's supply chain.

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At Fakuma 2017 from 17 – 21 October 2017 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Huntsman and its long-standing distribution partner Chemie-Plast will be presenting a range of products from the thermoplastic polyurethane portfolio. Elastomer solutions on display will include a novel, super lightweight, high-energy return material, which is said to have the potential to transform the production and performance of all kinds of everyday items.

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Covestro announced that it has been named the “ICIS Company of the Year”, based on its 2016 business and financial metrics. The accolade is awarded by weekly publication “ICIS Chemical Business”, which is part of the petrochemical market information provider ICIS.

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Trelleborg Sealing Solutions announced the launch of two new polyurethane materials, Zurcon Z53 and Z54, which are said to conform to the latest EU REACH environmental standards coming into force from November 2017. In addition, they are said to meet customer requirements for higher operating temperatures.

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Icynene Europe S.P.R.L., a European subsidiary of global spray foam insulation manufacturer Icynene Inc., announced the acquisition of the French polyurethane insulation distributor Isolat France. Financial details were not disclosed.

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