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The German Rubber Conference 2015 (DKT) and the International Rubber Conference 2015 (IRC) were opened with a ceremony on 29 June 2015 in Nuremberg. The demand for exhibit space and tickets was reaching record levels already in advance of the event, according to the German Rubber Society (DKG).

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A consortium of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and leading international investors have agreed to invest in the development of Sibur’s ZapSibNeftekhim project at Tobolsk in Western Siberia’s Tyumen Region.

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The European Petrochemical Assn. (EPCA) has scheduled its 49th Annual Meeting from 3 to 7 Oct. 2015 at the Hotel InterContinental Berlin and Hotel Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof in Berlin, Germany.

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Natural rubber export prices are on a rising trend since the beginning of May following concerted efforts from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Vietnam Rubber Association (VRA), reported the Thoi bao Kinh Te Vietnam (Vietnam Economic Times).

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Sumitomo Chemical Co. has announced plans to integrate its organic chemicals operations with its petrochemicals and feedstocks operations, establishing a single organic chemicals department, effective in July 2015.

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  BASF broke ground on a new world-scale chemical catalysts manufacturing facility at its existing site in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Caojing, Shanghai, China.

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Axiall Corp. and South Korea's Lotte Chemical have completed arrangements for their planned joint venture ethane cracker in Louisiana.

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The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen (GESALO) organized a delegation trip of Saudi businessmen to ACHEMA trade fair which was opened last Monday (15 June 2015) for the 31st time.

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 Teijin Ltd. intends to offer its Jurong Island, Singapore, polycarbonate facility for sale after the plant is shut down, according to Business Times.  

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Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Co. (Echem) expects to activate a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed earlier this year with Kuwait investment firm Boubyan Petrochemical Co. when it completes and delivers to Boubyan a feasibility study for a propylene and derivatives project later this year.

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The first eco-plastic plant in Vietnam will be built in the Mekong Delta province of Long An, said Nguyen Hoang Duy, Head of Vietnam Plastic House Co Ltd.  

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