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Cargill has broken ground on a USD 22 million BiOH brand polyols manufacturing plant in Chicago. The new production facility will be the first world-scale biobased polyols plant.

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he Rotakote gravure cylinder system is an innovative technology developed jointly by Dow Hyperlast, BirchVale, HighPeak, Derbyshire, UK, and Edwards Engineering (Liverpool) Ltd. It enables printers to resize and reuse redundant gravure printing cylinders rather than storing them until a similar size print job is required.

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Over the last five years Faurecia, Europe’s number two automotive supplier, has strongly developed its presence in the Czech Republic. Today, with seven plants at five different locations and over 3,400 employees, the Czech Republic is already the sixth most important country in the French group’s worldwide industrial footprint.

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Proseat, the JV between Recticel (51 %) and Woodbridge (49 %), has signed an agreement for the takeover of all shares of Indepol, a Spanish moulded foam manufacturer located near Barcelona.

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Swedish speciality chemicals company Perstorp follows up its recent rapid expansion with the acquisition of the speciality chemicals operation from Rhodia Organics and Lyondell Chimie TDI SCA, a LyondellBasell subsidiary, including the production of TDI, HDI and HDI derivatives. Perstorp says that this acquisition gives the company an outstanding product portfolio in particular for the coating industry.

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With the establishment of two system houses in Poland and Slovakia by the BASF subsidiary Elastogran, the company responds to the demand of the rapidly growing markets in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2009 BASF will start local production and development of PU systems in the new system house near Bratislava. The one in Posnan will be commissioned in 2010.

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Oxea will increase list and off-list prices on the following products effective 1 August 2008, or as contracts allow. This increase is in addition to any previously announced price increase.

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Impianti OMS Group Spa, Verano Brianza, Italy, has recently expanded its range of foaming equipment with the new low pressure machine EL 3C.

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Chemtura Corporation’s Performance Specialties business said that it has completed a substantial expansion at its European regional Technical Service laboratory.

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Shell Chemicals Europe BV has opened the enhanced flexible polyols production unit at its Pernis manufacturing complex in the Netherlands.

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