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Stahl recently inaugurated its new Center of Excellence in Parets del Vallès, Spain, together with customers, OEMs, brands from the Apparel & Home Furnishing industry and other partners. The center focuses on performance coatings solutions, leather chemicals, as well as polymer technologies. “Our new Center of Excellence is the place where our experts can work side-by-side with partners to share knowledge and showcase our latest future-proof solutions, innovations and technologies,” Vasco da Silva, Local Manager Spain, explained.

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Perstorp announced that it has agreed to acquire the Italian polyols manufacturer Polialcoli Srl, a subsidiary of Polioli SpA. The company has 74 employees and is based in Vercelli, Italy. According to Perstorp, the agreement includes the Neo, TMP and TMPDE as well as the associated Formate businesses located at the company's site. Technology, know-how, and equipment are also included in the transaction. Financial details were not disclosed. The transaction is scheduled to close on 31 August 2017 or at such later date as the required procedures have been completed. In addition to Italy, Perstorp is producing TMP in China, the USA and Sweden, and Neo in China and Sweden.

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Conzzeta announced the signing of a binding agreement for full acquisition of Otto Bock Kunststoff. Completion of the deal is expected in the second half of 2017, subject to regulatory approval. The parties have agreed not to reveal the purchase price.

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Deere & Company announced that the airless radial tyre Michelin X Tweel Turf is now available for standalone purchase at John Deere dealers.

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Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, announced the opening of a new Polyurethanes Service Center in Romania, expanding its network of more than 20 sites for production, development and technical service across the EMEAI region. Located in Brasov County, the new centre is equipped with technical and commercial capabilities to serve customers in Romania, Bulgaria, and the wider Balkan region with polyurethane materials. According to the company, further network expansion plans are anticipated later this year with a similar centre due to open in Africa dedicated to support customer needs in the Middle East and Africa Region.

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Shandong Linglong Tire, a Chinese manufacturer of automotive tyres, has collaborated with the Beijing University of Chemical Technology to develop 3D-printed tyres made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Recently, the partners announced that they have successfully produced and tested a prototype of the TPU tyre.

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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council announced the course curriculum for the 2017 Polyurethanes Professional Development Program (PDP). The program is presented by the CPI Education Center, and it will feature nine courses designed to provide industry professionals an opportunity to expand their knowledge on key topics through interaction with industry experts. The PDP will run in conjunction with the 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, which will be held from 2 – 4 October 2017 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, LA, USA.

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Reverdia joined leading polyurethanes (PU) manufacturers to display a range of biomaterials at PSE Europe 2017 in Munich, Germany. According to the company, these Biosuccinium-based polyurethanes have a significant share of bio-based content, reduced carbon footprint and will enable more sustainable products.

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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council announced Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, a renowned Harvard University psychology professor, will deliver the keynote at the 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on 2 October 2017. Banaji will examine the importance of diversity and inclusion in relation to the STEM disciplines, with special relevance to the plastics and polyurethanes industry, and how companies can help plan a course of action to differentiate our industry from others. The conference will take place from 2 – 4 October 2017 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, LA, USA.

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According to APS Elastomers, top-rated pneumatic hoses and brake tubes can be easily produced using its new thermoplastic polyurethane Zythane 7045D, which is said to add abrasion/tear/cut/puncture resistance, high burst pressure, high elasticity and coil retention, long-term flexibility, oil/fuel/microbial resistance, low-temperature flexibility and hydrolytic stability.

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