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Lubrizol announced that it has extended the shelf life of its Pearlstick TPU series for solvent-based adhesives up to 36 months (when stored under controlled conditions). The series is used, for example, in applications in the textile, automotive, footwear and furniture industries. Furthermore, the company announced that its portfolio has been extended with new products that meet Oëko-tex compliance grade requirements.

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Stepan Company reported that, through a subsidiary in Mexico, it has closed on the previously announced agreement with BASF Mexicana, S.A. DE C.V. to acquire the surfactant production facility in Ecatepec, Mexico, and a portion of the associated surfactants business.

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In recognition of their leadership and contributions to the manufacturing industry, Covestro LLC employees Julia Rubino, Myriam Gateault and Patti Opacic were selected as recipients of the “Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Awards,” presented by The Manufacturing Institute. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards honour women and their achievements at all levels of the manufacturing industry – from the factory floor to the c-suite.

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Huntsman announced that it will exhibit at NPE2018 (stand S20103) from 7 – 11 May 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, FL, USA. At the trade show, the company will be highlighting its polyurethane elastomers products and their wide range of commercial, consumer and industrial applications. The company’s PU elastomers team will also be available to talk about the materials and machines they offer for metering, mixing and making hot-cast elastomers.

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BASF announced that it has expanded its capacities for the production of Basonat hardeners at the Ludwigshafen site in Germany. No details on the scope of the capacity expansion were disclosed. The aliphatic polyisocyanates are used in the formulation of automotive and industrial coatings, furniture and flooring coatings as well as adhesives.

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Continuous production line for sandwich panels

At Utech 2018, the Italian-based Impianti OMS, which is a member of the Hennecke Group, will focus on continuous and discontinuous production lines for sandwich panels. Energy saving is increasingly important in the building industry and proper insulation helps to protect the environment as well as generate cost savings. Beyond that, the PU specialists will be presenting their further product range and technical innovations using audio-visual media.

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Emery Oleochemicals has announced the release of a new line of aromatic-containing Emerox polyols for pentane blown rigid PU and PIR foam applications.

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The Lubrizol Corporation announced that its Engineered Polymers business will unveil the use of Hypebox technology with its contemporary new branding elements to engage customers and visitors at NPE 2018, which will be held from 7 - 11 May 2018 in Orlando, FL, USA.

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Mark Vergnano, President and CEO of the Chemours Company, has been named as new officer of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Vergnano will first assume the role of Vice Chairman of the Board and chair of the Council’s Board Finance, Audit and Membership Committee. He will serve in this capacity for one year, followed by a one year term each as Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Board.

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As experts for the development and manufacture of pigment preparations for colouring poly­urethanes in foams and CASE applications, Follmann will be exhibiting at Utech 2018.

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