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Chemline, a manufacturer of polyurea/polyurethane protective coatings, announced a new dedicated sales team and web page specifically for contractors. The company has served primarily the OEM market for 20 years – adding contractor-focused services is in response to growing customer demand. According to the company, proprietary formulations and on-site service distinguish Chemline from other suppliers, e.g., a technician is available to travel to customer sites to train contractors and their employees to properly prep and apply product, and to make sure the coating is working correctly for their application.

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Evonik Industries and Forward Engineering have established the joint venture Vestaro GmbH. With this project, the two companies intend to drive forward the implementation of composite solutions for the industrial mass production of fibre composite components for the automotive industry.

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Covestro announced that it will continue manufacturing MDI in Tarragona, Spain. According to the company, the plant closure that had originally been planned for the end of 2017 has been suspended for the time being.

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Huntsman Corporation has announced a plan to close the white end finishing and packaging operation of its titanium dioxide (TiO2) manufacturing facility based in Calais, France, during the third quarter of 2017.

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The Sonderhoff group of companies will exhibit its products for the automotive industry in China at the 17th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition – Auto Shanghai 2017 from 19 – 28 April 2017 in Shanghai, China.

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On 9 March 2017, Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation inaugurated its new purpose built facility in Retford, UK, further enhancing its polyurethane manufacturing capabilities. The new facility will be a Center of Excellence for Trelleborg’s diversified polyurethane component manufacturing, bringing together experience, innovation and technology under one roof.

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Hybrid processes and materials made of fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) and metal for the automotive lightweight construction of tomorrow are the focus of the LEIKA research project, which KraussMaffei is advancing in collaboration with the Institute for Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology at Dresden University of Technology and other partners from industry and research academia. A new lab system at the Institute for Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology stands at the centre of the development work. This system allows FRP-metal hybrid materials to be formed and back injected in one step.

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The Rampf Group is presenting its composites competencies at JEC World 2017 in hall 6, stand T36 (joint booth with the German state of Baden-Württemberg): Rampf Tooling Solutions is showcasing new board, paste, and liquid materials for lightweight construction using composites. Rampf Composite Solutions is demonstrating its capabilities for the design, engineering, and manufacture of composites parts.

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Covestro is presenting material solutions and technologies for the automotive, electronics and construction sectors as well as for the generation of renewable energies at the JEC World 2017 in hall 5A, stand L9. The developments set out below are based on the company’s product and process expertise for composites.

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