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On 1 April 2008, Frank Peters, 41, will take over as General Manager of KraussMaffei’s reaction process machinery division. He succeeds Walter Tesche, 63, who will be retiring mid-year.

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Rhodia and Lyondell Chimie TDI SCA have entered into negotiations for the sale of their isocyanates businesses to the Perstorp Group.

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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council has issued a call for entries for the 2008 Polyurethane “Innovation Award” nominations.

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Ulrich Meier Westhues, Vincentz Network, Hannover, Germany, 2007, 344 p., hardcover, EUR 109.00, ISBN 978-3-87870-334-1

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Specialty chemicals company, Perstorp, increases prices on carboxylic acids and formates effective 1 April 2008, or as existing contracts permit.

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16. March 2008

Insulation in China

A new report published by the Freedonia Group, Cleveland, USA, analyses the market for insulation materials in China. According to the study the demand will increase an impressive 9 % annually through 2011 to USD 3.8 billion (= 28.4 billion Yuan).

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On 15 February 2008 Lanxess AG officially opened the headquarters of its new distribution company Lanxess Central Eastern Europe s.r.o. in the Slovakian capital Bratislava.

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Effective 1 April 2008, or as contracts allow, the Dow Chemical Company will increase off-list prices in North America (United States & Canada) by USD 0.06 per pound for the following products:

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Dow Chemical Company in an attempt to change from product-driven to market-driven business is considering some major changes.

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