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Perstorp opened its new Oxo Plant in Stenungsgund, Sweden, increasing with this major extension its capacity to produce PVC plasticizers and key chemical intermediates.

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The Netherlands based ‘The Odournet Group’, largest odour specialist Company, has launched India’s first ever odour laboratory in Goa. In addition the company will introduce a web-based odour complaints management system in India.

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Repsol and the Mexican company Grupo Kuo, S.A.B. de C.V. have agreed to strengthen their existing partnership in Dynasol by jointly contributing human capital, assets, experience and resources to create a leading global player in the production of synthetic rubber and chemical accelerators.

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Bluestar Silicones and Bluestar Chengrand Research Institute of Chemicals (Chengrand Chemicals) have signed an agreement for the distribution of Chengrand Chemicals' silicone elastomers outside of China.

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The IISRP has named Juan Ramon Salinas to succeed James L. McGraw as managing director and CEO of the association.

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Along with the increase in the world rubber price and the dollar appreciation, the domestic rubber price has jumped to Ks700 (USD 0.7) per pound, a year high, according to Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association.

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Thermo Plastics Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of BAM Holdings, has become Sri Lanka's first and only polybag manufacturer to be awarded several certifications for its high standards in processes, quality and environmental consciousness.

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Thailand hopes to finalise an agreement with China soon for the purchase of 200,000 tonnes of rubber at above-market prices to encourage price rises in the future and improve the incomes of Thai farmers.

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The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) has agreed to work towards a common trading floor in a bid to take control of supply sources and regulate the market for the sake of rubber growers at its ministerial-level meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 8 May 2015.

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Sumitomo Chemical Co. said it is mothballing a naphtha cracker at Chiba, Japan, on 11 May.

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