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Lubrizol has joined HP’s Open Materials and Applications Platform to accelerate the development and adoption of its Estane TPUs in 3D printing. The company has identified a strong need for specialty elastomeric 3D-printable materials, and with Estane TPU the company sees itself well-positioned to develop novel solutions to meet customer needs.

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Under the theme “Crystal Clear”, about 100 leather experts and decision makers of consumer brands recently gathered in Igualada, near Barcelona, Spain, to talk about water management in leather production. At the event, Stahl, a manufacturer of process chemicals for leather and other substrates, joined forces with the Igualada Leather Cluster Barcelona to show that partnership is pivotal in achieving a more transparent supply chain. According to Stahl, the attendees were impressed by the presentations that provided practical insights in optimising water usage in leather production without compromising on leather quality.

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In a recent life-cycle assessment (LCA), Covestro’s Insqin water-based polyurethane technology proves to be a more sustainable way to produce coated textiles than conventional technologies.

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The Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University will stage its 29th International Colloquium Plastics Technology from 28 February - 1 March 2018 in Aachen, Germany. Around 800 experts from the plastics industry worldwide are expected to attend this two-yearly event. In 2016, the delegates came from more than 300 companies and 15 nations. All the papers will be translated simultaneously into English.

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In response to market speculation, AkzoNobel confirmed it was in constructive discussions regarding a potential merger of its Paints and Coatings business with Axalta. On 21 November 2017, AkzoNobel announced that the two companies ended their discussions without agreement.

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In response to market speculation, AkzoNobel confirmed on 30 October 2017 that it is currently in constructive discussions regarding a merger of its Paints & Coatings business with Axalta. According to AkzoNobel, this will create a leading global paints & coatings company through a merger of equals.

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SPE Central Europe has issued a call for nomination for the 18th Automotive Award parts & components for outstanding developments of plastic parts in vehicle construction. The award is presented in seven categories: Body Interior, Body Exterior, Power Train, Chassis Unit, Electronical/Optical Part, Structural Component and Enabler Technology.

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Covestro announced that it has begun operations at a new production facility for aqueous polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) at its Dormagen site in Germany. Along with a current expansion of production in Barcelona, Spain, the company is thus boosting its capacities in Europe significantly. In order to meet global demand, Covestro said that it is also building a new facility in China, as well as planning to resume production in the USA and at the same time modernizing and expanding facilities there.

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Headquarters of Hennecke in Sankt Augustin, Germany (Source: Hennecke)

The Sankt Augustin-based German company Hennecke GmbH announced that it is acquiring all shares of the Italian OMS Group. According to Hennecke, the legal closing of the transaction will be completed by the end of December 2017. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Together, Hennecke and OMS will form a leading company in the polyurethane machinery business.

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Covestro LLC has announced a number of leadership changes that will become effective from 1 February 2018: Jerry F. MacCleary, currently president and managing director of Covestro LLC and head of the Polyurethanes business unit in North America, will become CEO and chairman of the board of Covestro LLC. In addition, MacCleary, who currently represents Covestro as vice chairman of the board, a member of the Executive Committee and an officer at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), will become chairman of the ACC Executive Committee, effective 1 January 2018.

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