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At PU TECH India 2017, the Delhi-based Indian trading company Bharat Enterprises and the South African PU systems house National Urethane Industries (NUI), Johannesburg, announced the formation of the new joint venture company NUI-Bharat. The two companies have been working together in the Indian market for almost a decade.

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BioAmber Inc. announced that it has signed a non-binding letter of intent with South Korean-based CJ CheilJedang Corporation (CJCJ) to establish a joint venture in China to competitively produce up to 36,000 t of bio-succinic acid annually and commercialise the output in Asia.

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The working group Euro RTM Group of the German Federation of Reinforced Plastics (AVK) has launched a new website on resin transfer moulding (RTM) technology, where anyone with an interest in the subject can find information about the available options and also suitable contacts. The new website can be found at www.euro-rtm-group.de.

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According to a new study from Markets and Markets, the global synthetic leather market was valued at USD 51.81 billion in 2015 and is projected to reach USD 208.81 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 13.4 % from 2016 to 2026.

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AkzoNobel announced that it will invest EUR 12.6 million in a new research and innovation hub in Felling, UK. The facility is expected to be operational at the end of 2018 and will be home to more than 100 of the coatings industry's leading scientists and technical experts, who will work on developing protective coatings for the energy, mining, infrastructure and oil and gas industries.

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Repsol announced that it is developing a new product for the production of polycarbonate polyol, which will partially replace propylene oxide with CO2. Besides the environmental benefits the product has the additional advantage that it enhances certain properties of different CASE applications. For adhesives and elastomers, these improved features can be added adherence and elasticity compared with conventional polyols. They also have specific properties that mean they can be applied in other ways in the future, said Repsol.

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The business network Made in the Midlands (MIM) has officially taken over the Rubber & Plastics Research Association (Rapra), in what has been described as a “historic deal” for the future of the manufacturing sector in the UK. Financial terms of the deal have not been announced. Rapra is a non-profit membership association that offers impartial specialist support to the whole of industry through a network of technical centres. Rapra connects companies to polymer scientists and engineers to provide short and long term R+D solutions. The continual rise of Industry 4.0 technology is expected to generate increased interest in the services of Rapra, which will now be strengthened by MIM's support. Made in the Midlands is a privately run peer group for managing directors and CEOs of manufacturing and engineering firms in the Midlands.

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Frimo has developed a new drive concept for the production of polyurethane backfoamed car carpets. The new tool carrier is not driven by hydraulics, as is standard for carpet applications, but is instead fully automated thanks to an electric drive.

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At the JEC World 2017 (Pavilion 6, stand B 38), KraussMaffei will highlight its new iPul pultrusion machine for the manufacture of high-filled fibre-reinforced plastic components. The company will also present the initial results using the example of three select applications in the wind energy and construction industries. Partners for the projects include Covestro (polyurethane), Evonik and Huntsman (both epoxy), as well as Thomas GmbH + Co. Technik + Innovation KG (inventor of radius pultrusion).

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Honeywell recently announced that nine contractors have been named as winners in its “Hit a Foam Run” promotion. Joining past winners are Skylar Swinford of EnergySeal in Boise, ID, USA; Tamara Serrao of Falso in Syracuse, NY, USA; Marie Datil of Roof King Inc. in Margate, FL, USA; and Eric Gladson of Integrity Plus Insulation in Ogema, WI, USA.

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