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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has issued several market reports, dealing with the CASE, flexible foam and rigid foam markets in the NAFTA region.

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The manufacturer of flexible PU and polymer foam products Foamex International Inc., Linwood, PA, USA, has introduced a new mop and sponge material under the brand name Aquazone WD (patent pending).

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The Swiss company Sika says that it invests a total of EUR 62 million in a new production plant for its Sikaflex polyurethane adhesives in Duedingen.

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Masterflex AG based in Gelsenkirchen has announced that it intends to focus on its core business.

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Ballasted roofing is just as energy-efficient as reflective roofs, according to a new report touted by the EPDM Roofing Association.

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Norwegian machinery supplier Laader Berg from Aalesund has been successfully selling its new fully computerised MultiMax HP combination machine with liquid laydown-Maxfoam to customers in Asia.

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Huntsman today announced the official opening of its Asia Pacific Technology Centre (ATC) in Shanghai’s Minhang Development Zone. The new centre will initially accommodate research and technical experts from the company’s Polyurethanes and Performance Products divisions, with the number of specialists expected to expand rapidly over the next few years.

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Swedish chemicals Group Perstorp says that it has received legal approval for the takeover of the acquired activities within Rhodia Organics and Lyondell Chimie, which entered Perstorp’s ownership as of 1 September.

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Tubing expert Freelin-Wade has announced new coextrusion capacities which is specifically important for the fluid power industry.

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Effective immediately, or as existing contracts permit, BASF will increase prices for polyetheramines in Asia, Europe and South America by 220.00 USD/mt or 150.00 EUR/mt respectively for the entire portfolio.

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