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PolyOne announced it expects to begin TPE production this summer at its existing facility in Pune, India. The company currently produces there colour and additive concentrates and engineered polymer solutions.

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Atom Lab, the research and innovation business unit of shoe machinery manufacturer Atom, will present a fully-automated process for shoe production for the first time at the Simac Tanning Tech trade fair in Milan, Italy, from 20 – 22 February 2018. At its stand in hall 14, visitors can select 3D-printed soles and uppers, and have customised shoes made for them.

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The Chinese government imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of styrene monomer from South Korea, the United States and Taiwan in its preliminary ruling.

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On 6 February 2018, Kraton announced a general price increase of 250 USD/t for all its HSBC polymers. Subject to the terms of any applicable contracts, these price increases will take effect immediately.

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Full Apex (Holdings) announced Thursday (18 Jan 2018) that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pan-Asia PET Resin (Guangzhou) Co., is investing USD 3 billion (SGD 4 billion) to build a petrochemical and chemical fiber integrated project in the Jazan Economic City (JEC) in Saudi Arabia.

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On 25 January 2018, Clariant confirmed the acquisition of a 24.99 % equity stake in the company by Sabic. The acquisition of these stakes, which were previously held by the investors White Tale – through Corvex Management – and 40 North, makes Sabic the largest Clariant shareholder. White Tale had previously prevented a proposed USD 20 billion merger of Clariant and Huntsman in 2017.

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Samsung Engineering Co., a construction unit of South Korea’s Samsung Group, clinched an KRW 880 billion (USD 822.4 million) order to upgrade petrochemical plant facilities in Thailand in consortium with a Thai engineering company. 

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Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara) has signed an agreement to supply SADIG-ILCO, a new Saudi-German joint venture focused on the manufacture of a wide range of specialty chemicals, with ethylene oxide (EO) and propylene oxide (PO).

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The Indian Polyurethane Association (IPUA) has published the All India Market Survey Report for Polyurethanes with a five year projection up to the year 2021 in terms of growth rate, consumption, future projections, etc.. The market report was prepared for the IPUA by research agency Hansa Research Group Pvt. Ltd. in 2017.

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Lubrizol has launched two thermoplastic polyurethane resins for hot melt adhesives (HMAs). The products belong to the plasticiser-free Pearlbond 300 TPU series that stands out for its low activation temperatures and good bonding properties to various substrates.

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Aleta Richards will succeed Christine Bryant as head of commercial operations for Covestro LLC's North American Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties (CAS) business, effective from 1 February 2018. Richards’ appointment follows a recent communication in which Bryant was named the new head of Polyurethanes in North America, effective from the same date. In her new role, Richards will join the Covestro North American Leadership Team.

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