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Solvay Specialty Polymers announced that it has begun production at its new fluoroelastomers (FKM) plant in Changshu, Jiangsu Province, China. According to Solvay, the facility will allow the company to meet increasing demand for its speciality polymers from Asia’s fast-growing automotive industry and other high-end markets.

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The Carlstar Group LLC, a producer of speciality tyres, wheels, and industrial belts, announced that it has acquired Marathon Industries, one of North America’s largest providers of solid polyurethane tyres, flat-free Universal Fit tyres, pneumatic tyres, and tyre sealant. Financial details were not disclosed.

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At the close of the DKT/IRC 2015 (Deutsche Kautschuk Tagung / International Rubber Conference) in Nuremberg SPC Group has declared it a ‘success’.

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Protected areas and other biodiversity hotspots across Southeast Asia are increasingly under threat from expanding rubber plantations, with Cambodia at risk of losing more ecologically important land than any of its neighbours, a recent study reports.

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The Trade Ministry has introduced a stricter regulation on tire imports in its bid to boost the domestic tire industry as part of the downstream rubber sector.

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Iran has developed a "special plan" to begin exports of petrochemical products to the USA once sanctions on the country have been lifted, reported the Mehr News Agency quoting Ahmad Mahdavi, secretary of Iran's Association of Petrochemical Industry Corporations.

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Taiwan’s state-owned CPC Corp. is in negotiations with an unidentified Indonesian firm regarding the purchase and relocation of CPC’s Kaohsiung, Taiwan, naphtha cracker to Indonesia, according to Taipei Times, citing CPC Chairman Lin Sheng-chung.

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S-Oil has awarded several contracts to Axens to supply technologies for the expansion of S-Oil's residue conversion facilities at the Onsan refinery in Ulsan, South Korea.

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Malaysia's natural rubber (NR) production in May 2015 dropped 11.3% to 38,923 tonnes compared with the same period last year, the Statistics Department said.

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Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp. (MCHC) announced that the MCHC Group will begin a detailed review of an organizational restructuring with an eye toward the integration of its three chemical operating companies into one company by April 2017.

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Chinese firm Better Clean Energy has selected Honeywell UOP's methanol-to-olefins (MTO) process for a new 300,000-t/y ethylene and propylene facility in Shandong Province in Eastern China.

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