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Evonik Industries AG announced that it will acquire the silica business of the US company J. M. Huber for USD 630 million. This enables Evonik to expand its position in North America and Asia in this business.

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The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) is sponsoring with around EUR 1.5 million a joint research project of BASF SE, Heidelberg University, LMU Munich and hte GmbH.

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Zeiss Industrial Metrology has opened a new facility in Wixom, MI, USA, dedicated to the latest developments for the process chain in car body metrology and automated inspection.

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According to a new study by Applied Market Information Ltd., the global artificial turf market is expanding rapidly. Artificial turf is increasingly meeting the needs of sports facility owners that require their fields to be consistently available for more intensive use. For home owners and architects it is providing a desirable landscaping option. In each application it has developed from being a valuable solution where climatic conditions are challenging e.g. because there is too much or too little rain, or because heat or freezing temperatures cause the ground to be too hard, to being a product of choice because of its lower maintenance needs compared to natural grass.

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Repsol’s Chemicals division has signed a technology licence agreement with Chinese company Tianjin Bohua Chemical Development, a subsidiary of Bohai Chemical Group, to produce propylene oxide (PO) and styrene monomer (SM) – raw materials for products like polyols, glycols, polystyrene, EPS, ABS and synthetic rubber.

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The Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) will continue to explore new technologies to ensure continued demand for rubber and capitalize on green inventions as a potential export generator to lift the Malaysian economy.

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The Malaysian rubber market is likely to continue its upward momentum in the near future buoyed by positive outlook on the global commodity market.

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The Indonesian government has joined hands with French tire company Michelin to open market access to Europe and the United States.

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On 15 December 2016, synthetic rubber company Arlanxeo opened its new Rubber Technology Centre (RTC) in Changzhou, China. With advanced analytical testing capabilities, the RTC is located within the premises of Arlanxeo’s EPDM plant, and is one of the company's global rubber testing centers.

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Cefic, the EU chemical industry association, welcomes the proposal by the European Commission on a new methodology to tackle dumped or subsidised imports into the EU.

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Sabic will install a new pilot plant for the development of next generation polypropylenes (PP) at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands.

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