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Icynene U.S. Holding Corp. and Lapolla Industries Inc. have announced the completion of their previously announced merger. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Icynene acquired all the outstanding shares of Lapolla in a transaction valued at approximately USD 160 million, including net debt.

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Stephanie Clark has been appointed as new Senior Director, Sales and Advertising at the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE). Previously she was Director, Sales at NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association in the last three years, where she sold exhibits, sponsorships, advertising, and partnerships along with managing exhibitor services.

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The Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) has announced the launch of a new educational event, The Plastics Leadership Summit, which will add an educational component to NPE2018: The Plastics Show, which takes place from 7 – 11 May 2018 in Orlando, FL, USA. According to Plastics, the Summit will provide plastics industry and end-market executives and senior management with access to the latest organizational tools and up-to-the-minute business imperatives and insights that determine company success now, and in the future. The education program is designed to provide cutting edge business insights to C-suite executives.

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With immediate effect, or as contract terms allow, BASF has increased prices for antioxidants, light stabilizers, flame retardants and other plastic additives by 15 % globally. www.basf.com

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Novomer Inc. has announced plans to open a new innovation center in Rochester, NY, USA. The facility – named the “Novomer Innovation Center” – is designed to meet the expanding demands of the company’s growing bio-based chemicals business.

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German safety shoe company, Steitz Secura, is using a polyurethane technology from Huntsman to pilot a range of specialist safety shoes that can be custom-made to fit an individual’s feet, using FitStation powered by HP.

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FRX Polymers Inc., a specialist in polymeric halogen-free flame retardant solutions, 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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Covestro and Haier, a brand of major household appliances, have agreed on a strategic cooperation. In Qingdao, the companies signed a cooperation agreement on the expansion of their decade-long partnership to a global scale. According to Covestro, the new partnership will enable the two parties to constantly develop advanced products featuring the latest material solutions to address the market demands of the global home appliances industry.

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Perstorp has announced a portfolio of renewable alternatives to the polyols Pentaerythritol (Penta), Trimethylolpropane (TMP), and Neopentyl glycol (Neo). The new product portfolio was globally launched at China Coat 2017.

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Frimo announced that it is constantly taking on new challenges, even in very specialized areas of application, most recently, e.g., in the field of cable foaming. This involves full cable harnesses, which are installed in every vehicle in large volumes and sealed to the outer areas with PU. Special tools and machines were developed in order to back foam these cables. According to Frimo, the actual know-how lies within the process of sealing the cables to the foam part.

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