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As part of its international growth strategy, the Smithers Group, headquartered in Akron, Ohio, USA, an independent testing, consulting, and contract research organisation, has opened an office in Shanghai, China.

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Huntsman Corporation announced that its polyurethanes division will increase prices in the Asia Pacific region for its MDI grades by a minimum of USD 150/t, effective 1 April 2008, or as applicable contracts allow.

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Albemarle Corporation the manufacturer of flame retardants, will increase the global prices for most of its brominated flame retardants effective 1 April 2008, or as contracts allow.

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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council, has issued a call for papers and posters to be presented at the Polyurethanes 2008 Technical Conference on 29 September – 1 October 2008 in San Antonio, TX, USA. Deadline for technical paper abstract submissions has been extended until 5 March 2008.

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Huntsman Corporation announced that its polyurethanes division will increase prices in the Europe region for all MDI products and related systems by EUR 150/t, effective 1 April 2008, or as contracts allow.

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Archway Sales announced that Kevin Suggs has joined with the company as a Sales Representative for the Chicago region.

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Dr Wolfram Frank, formerly of Elastogran, will be the new Secretary General of Isopa to succeed Mike Jeffs on 1 April 2008. Jeffs has been in the role since August 2002 and will retire at the end of March 2008.

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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council, has issued a call for papers and posters to be presented at the Polyurethanes 2008 Technical Conference on 29 September – 1 October 2008 in San Antonio, TX, USA. Paper abstracts are due by 1 March 2008.

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Dow Polyurethanes announced that it is conducting a feasibility study to expand toluene diisocyanate (TDI) production at its manufacturing facility in Camaçari, Brazil.

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Huntsman Corporation announced that its Polyurethanes division will increase prices in the NAFTA region for Jeffol polyols and all polyurethane systems by USD 0.10/lb on 1 February 2008, or as applicable contracts allow.

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