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Zeon will present its portfolio of elastomers for the printing and paper industries at drupa 2016, the international exhibition for printing and cross-media solutions. Worldwide, the printing and paper industries have been utilising the company's high temperature and chemicals resistant elastomers, says Zeon. Printing rollers, roller coverings, printing blankets, conveyer belts, machinery belts and gaskets are the typical final products.

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The Rubber Authority of Thailand has started accepting applications for new credits proposed by the Cabinet to rubber operators. The registration for the assistance is open until 12 September 2016.

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Iran has acquired the technical know-how to produce polyethylene terephthalate (PET), according to the head researcher at the Malek Ashtar University of Technology Mohammad Reza Sovizi as quoted by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

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Kolon Plastics and BASF announced on 16 March 2016 that they have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture in South Korea to manufacture polyoxymethylene (POM), which is an engineering plastic used in various industries, including vehicle and construction.

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Sumitomo Chemical will build naphtha storage tanks and a wharf where large ships transporting the feedstock can dock at a petrochemical plant in Singapore.

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A number of Chinese companies, as well as China Exim Bank have shown interest in the project of Oil and Gas Processing and Petrochemical Complex in Azerbaijan, said SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev.

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Iran's National Petrochemical Company (NPC) and the French energy Giant, Total, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build a petrochemical complex in Iran.

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ICI Pakistan Limited operates in a range of activities from soda ash to life sciences. Yet among them all, it is easy to pick out the ugly duckling — the polyester staple fiber (PSF). It continues to be the bane of business for the company due to the glut in the market together with dumping of PSF from China.

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The Viet Nam Saigon Plastic Association will focus on research to develop renewable raw materials replacing fossil-based materials for making plastics in the 2016-20 period, its president said.

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ATC Private Limited, the authorized distributor of Japanese tire brand – Bridgestone - has launched Ecopia brand of tires in the domestic market.

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As the world’s fifth biggest producer and third largest exporter of natural rubber, Malaysia has been hit especially hard by a decline of almost 70 per cent in the price of natural rubber.

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