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A research team with participation of Evonik has achieved a breakthrough in the field of carbonylation chemistry. Carbonylation is one of the most important types of reaction in the chemical industry. It involves the catalysed introduction of a CO group (carbonyl group) into organic compounds. For more than 60 years, science and industry had been looking for a way to implement the now successful reaction step.

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The chemical company Oxea, part of the Oman Oil Company & Orpic Group, joins eight other companies in a process to create a new, integrated energy company which will trade under the brand name OQ.

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Covestro announced that it will showcase its latest materials for healthcare applications at MD&M West Conference and Exposition (stand 2221) from 11 – 13 February 2020 in Anaheim, CA, USA.

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Virginia Janssens has been appointed as Managing Director of PlasticsEurope, the pan-European trade association representing plastics manufacturers. Janssens will take up her role on 16 March 2020. She has been the Managing Director of the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (Europen) since 2012.

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Since end of December 2019, the two and a half year’s integration phase of the Sonderhoff Group into Henkel AG & Co. KGaA has been completed. As of 1 January 2020, all Sonderhoff companies have been merged into the Adhesive Technologies business unit. The former Sonderhoff sites in Germany, Austria, Italy and the USA are now also operating under the Henkel name – only the Sonderhoff site in China will continue to operate under its previous name. Customers will continue to be served from these locations as before.

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, several exhibition organisers have announced their decisions to postpone and reschedule coming trade shows, including amongst others Chinaplas 2020, Tyre & Rubber Indonesia 2020, CIFM / interzum guangzhou 2020, SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou (SIAF) and Asiamold 2020.

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Covestro has recently been granted the Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions Label for two projects, which have been proven as economically profitable as well as environmentally protective solutions: solar-powered greenhouses for drying food to preserve it, and the waterborne Insqin technology for sustainable textile coating. According to Covestro, the label from the Solar Impulse Foundation serves as a new and credible symbol and as a guarantee of quality to those looking to implement clean solutions.

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F. l. t. r.: Thomas Wildt (CEO Hennecke Group), Dr. Christof Bönsch (CEO Frimo Group) (Source: obs/Hennecke Group Frimo Group)

The Frimo Group with headquarters in Lotte and the Hennecke Group with headquarters in Sankt Augustin, Germany, announced that they are forming a close partnership in the sector of polyurethane and other reactive plastic applications for the automotive industry. The cooperation concerns only the products and systems associated with the production of passenger cars. The agreement came into effect on 1 February 2020 and covers all international markets.

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Tempur Sealy International, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority ownership interest in a newly formed limited liability company which will contain at closing substantially all of the assets of Sherwood Acquisition Holdings, LLC (Sherwood Bedding), a leading manufacturer in the US private label/original equipment manufacturer (OEM) bedding market.

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With effect from 1 January 2020, Follmann has acquired the Russian adhesive manufacturer Chemical Alliance based in Moscow with about 20 employees. After the acquisition of the British adhesive manufacturer Sealock (PSA hot melts, hot melts and dispersions) and the take-over of the majority shares of the Russian adhesive manufacturer ZAO Intermelt (hot melt adhesives for the packaging industry) in 2018, Follmann is expanding its adhesive production in the Russian Federation with polyurethane hot melt products with this acquisition. The company said it is thus expanding its international sales activities in various market segments, such as textile lamination, sandwich and panel production, the production of filters, abrasives and mattresses as well as in the automotive industry.

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