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The German Rubber Society (Deutsche Kautschuk-Gesellschaft – DKG) has elected Dr. Cristina Bergmann, Head of H&R Research Laboratory at Hansen & Rosenthal, as Chairman of the DKG, Prof. Dr. Andreas Limper, Managing Director of Harburg-Freudenberger Maschinenbau, as First Deputy Chairman, and Dr. Hans-Martin Issel, Managing Director of Unimatec Chemicals Europe, as Second Deputy Chairman for the term of office from 2018 to 2021.

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Siluria Technologies and Saudi Aramco Technologies have executed a multi-plant technology license for the integration of Siluria's natural gas-to-olefins technology with Aramco's high-olefins cracking process technology. Siluria's proprietary technology, based on oxidative coupling of methane chemistry, is available for license in stand-alone configurations, as well as integration within a wide range of existing process plants, including steam crackers, propane dehydrogenation units, methanol plants and oil refineries, Siluria explained.

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Shandong Wonfull Petrochemical Co. has selected Honeywell UOP's C3 Oleflex propane dehydrogenation technology for the production of 250,000 t/y of polymer-grade propylene at its facility in the Huantai Economic Development Zone, Shandong Province, China.

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Rubber businesses should devise sustainable development strategies to maximise opportunities generated by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), experts said at a workshop in Ho Chi Minh City on 14 June 2018. 

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Orion Engineered Carbons GmbH announced that it will increase the prices for all rubber carbon black grades in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Effective from 1 August 2018 or as contract terms allow, the prices will be adjusted by 70 to 90 EUR per tonne.

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The Adsale Group, the organisers of Chinaplas 2018, announced that a total of 180,701 visitors attended the trade show during the four days (24 – 27 April) at the new show venue, the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in Shanghai.

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China's Yunnan Yun Manganese Group, a latex manufacturer from Yunnan, wants to establish a factory to manufacture rubber products in the southern provinces of Thailand, capitalizing on the rich natural rubber supply there. Li Yong Sheng, chairman of Yunnan Yun Manganese Group, said the factory will produce various types of rubber-based products. The group last week signed a memorandum of understanding with the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) and Prince of Songkla University to develop health-related products.

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Source: Cabot Corporation

Cabot Corporation announced the addition of significant capacity to its worldwide network of carbon black plants. Through the combination of a plant expansion, operational improvements, and debottlenecking projects, the company is expanding its global capacity by over 300,000 t/y.

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The German company Karl Finke GmbH & Co. KG, a worldwide operating developer of plastics colourants, announced that it will exhibit at Plastpol 2018 (hall E, stand 33), which takes place from 22 – 25 May 2018 in Kielce, Poland. According to Finke, its key focus at Plastpol will be sustainable and economic plastics colourants and efficient colouristic concepts.

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To mark the 80th anniversary of the discovery of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) by Dr. Roy Plunkett, Chemours is calling for entries to the Plunkett Awards 2018.

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Kuraray America, Inc. confirmed that a fire occurred at the company’s Eval facility in Pasadena, TX, USA, at the corner of Choate Road and Bay Area Boulevard at approximately 10:22 a.m. CDT on Saturday, 19 May 2018.

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