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Chinaplas 2018, to be held in Shanghai from 24-27 April, will accommodate a dedicated zone for TPEs and rubber. The organisers Adsale have announced that the Thermoplastic Elastomers & Rubber Zone will be added to the Chemicals & Raw Materials Zone in hall 6.2H.

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Nanjing Chengzhi Yongqing Energy Technology Co. has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract to Wison Engineering (China) Ltd. for a new methanol-to-olefins (MTO) plant and butadiene unit in Nanjing, China.

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Arlanxeo celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Keltan business in China in Changzhou on 8 November 2017. The EPDM brand Keltan is part of the company’s High Performance Elastomer (HPE) business unit.

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On 20 October 2017 the automotive supplier Boge Rubber & Plastics officially opened its plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. At this location, the company will produce parts from all product lines which include chassis and powertrain suspension mounts for vibration technology chassis and powertrain as well as in the field of plastics components for the automotive industry. Daimler and the VW Group are among the first customers. Orders amounting to double-digit millions in annual sales have already been received up to the year 2029. Start of series deliveries will be in summer 2018. The production hall covers approximately 5,700 m², of which 1,200 m² are provided for plastics and 3,600 m² for rubber-metal technology. Over the next few years, approximately 150 to 200 employees will be employed here in the medium term, depending on the production starts and the product mix. The company operates under Boge Rubber & Plastics Mexico S.A. de C.V.

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Cambodia is seeking Vietnamese investment to build factories that can process rubber, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

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The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) has published the 2017 edition of Worldwide Rubber Statistics, which it describes as the "world's leading source for authoritative data about synthetic rubber."

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Aurora Plastics, LLC, a PVC specialist, announced on 10 October 2017 the acquisition of compounder S&E Specialty Polymers of Lunenburg, Massachusetts, USA. The move marks Aurora Plastics’ second acquisition this year and represents the company’s initial expansion into thermoplastic elastomers and further expansion into the company’s flexible PVC capabilities. The acquisition of S&E Specialty Polymers further expands Aurora Plastics’ supply chain and manufacturing footprint across the US and Canada.

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Clariant and Huntsman Corporation jointly announced that they have mutually terminated their proposed merger of equals. The decision was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of Clariant and Huntsman.

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