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With less than a month to go until Opening Ceremony, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is gearing up to host the world in February 2018 for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. A range of technology solutions from The Dow Chemical Company were used in several venues, including Modular Houses and the Olympic Village. Dow’s solutions were applied to help reduce energy usage while making accommodations comfortable for athletes, attendees, media and drivers.

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Phillipp Zimmermann has been appointed as the new head of the Composites/Surfaces Business Unit for Reaction Process Machinery at KraussMaffei, effective from 1 January 2018.

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Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara) has signed an agreement to supply SADIG-ILCO, a new Saudi-German joint venture focused on the manufacture of a wide range of specialty chemicals, with ethylene oxide (EO) and propylene oxide (PO).

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The Indian Polyurethane Association (IPUA) has published the All India Market Survey Report for Polyurethanes with a five year projection up to the year 2021 in terms of growth rate, consumption, future projections, etc.. The market report was prepared for the IPUA by research agency Hansa Research Group Pvt. Ltd. in 2017.

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Lubrizol has launched two thermoplastic polyurethane resins for hot melt adhesives (HMAs). The products belong to the plasticiser-free Pearlbond 300 TPU series that stands out for its low activation temperatures and good bonding properties to various substrates.

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Aleta Richards will succeed Christine Bryant as head of commercial operations for Covestro LLC's North American Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties (CAS) business, effective from 1 February 2018. Richards’ appointment follows a recent communication in which Bryant was named the new head of Polyurethanes in North America, effective from the same date. In her new role, Richards will join the Covestro North American Leadership Team.

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The MPA Dresden GmbH recently inaugurated one of Europe's most modern facade test facilities in Freiberg, Germany. The widely visible tower is 22 m high, 15 m long, and 12 m wide. The company conducts fire tests here for the testing and certification of façades, glass façades, and components or integral façades.

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KraussMaffei announced that it is expanding its expertise in the field of pultrusion by commissioning the second pultrusion system in the TechCenter of its Reaction Process Machinery division in Munich, Germany.

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BBG, a manufacturer of moulds, machinery and systems, has changed the management and structure of its mould making division: Heiko Kasper, 43, is the new head of the mould making division with 37 team members. He succeeds Alois Hoyer, who retired at the end of 2017. Kasper has been with the company since September 2017. He can look back on more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, the last ten years of which he spent in North and South America. His responsibility includes the further development of quality standards and intensifying international cooperation.

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Effective from 1 February 2018, or as contracts allow, Stepan Polska will increase prices for Stepanpol polyester polyols for insulation applications in Europe by EUR 40 per tonne.

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