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Covestro has launched a new production line for polycarbonate films in the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Thailand. With the new capacity, the company aims to meet the rapidly growing demand in the Asia-Pacific region and to strengthen its own position as a market leader in this field. The films are mainly used in the automotive, telecommunications, medical technology and ID document sectors. The project is the first step in a global expansion of Covestro's plastic film production. The total investment of more than EUR 100 million also includes an expansion of the associated infrastructure and logistics to shorten delivery times. More than 100 new jobs will be created worldwide.

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EuPC, the European Plastics Converters Association, partnered with the Circularise Plastics Group – currently composed of its members Covestro, Domo Chemicals and Circularise – to cooperate in the development of a tool to monitor the use of recycled plastics by converters in Europe.

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LAUGFS Corporation (Rubber) Ltd. is planning to construct a second line of production, by adding a new solid tyre plant, which would expand its factory capacity and double its current output. This project is estimated to be completed in two years. In addition to that, an industrial pneumatic tyre plant is in the pipeline. The company has already taken steps to expand its distribution network by appointing three new distributors in France, UAE and the West Coast of the USA.

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Top Glove Corp Bhd has earmarked MYR 10 billion for capital expenditure (capex) over the next five financial years, a move which will see the company raising its annual production capacity to surpass 100 billion pieces of gloves as early as the current financial year ending 31 August 2021 (FY21) from 85.5 billion pieces in FY20 as the Covid-19 pandemic generates demand for gloves.

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In a year that will not let the Fakuma show happen, Engel will present its innovations at the Engel live e-xperience from 13 to 16 October 2020. The injection moulding machine manufacturer and system solutions provider has developed a completely new virtual trade fair and event format to meet customers and prospects despite contact restrictions and travel restrictions. Live exhibits, an online specialist congress and one-on-one meetings with familiar local contacts and other experts ensure that the Engel live e-xperience is on a par with a physical trade fair.

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Polyplex Thailand announced it plans to expand its U.S. operations with an additional thin biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) film line at its site in Decatur, Ala.

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Itochu, Borealis and Borouge announced their intent to jointly evaluate how to enable uptake of renewable polypropylene (PP) in Japan.

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Thailand is likely to see higher shipments of rubber, increasing 3.19 % this year, because of rising demand for rubber gloves and auto tyres, as well as the government's proactive approach to promote rubber exports.

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Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) on Friday (25 September 2020) announced that it is to form a joint venture in Taiwan with Japanese chemicals company Tokuyama Corp. to manufacture and sell high-purity isopropyl alcohol (IPA) to the electronics industry. FPG chairman and president Jason Lin is to be chairman of the new venture, which is to be called Formosa Tokuyama Advanced Chemicals Co., while Tokuyama Corp. general manager Haruyoshi Honda is to be general manager.

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Petrochemical producer PT Trans-Pacific Petrochemical Indotama (TPPI) has begun work to expand its sole refinery in Tuban, East Java, in cutting Indonesia’s petrochemical imports. TPPI, a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina, plans to raise its output capacity by 30 percent to 780,000 t/y. The refinery can produce either gasoline or paraxylene. The producer expects to finish designing the facility by September 2020 and finish building five storage tanks, which are key infrastructure, by December 2021. The expansion project will cost USD 180 million.

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