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HAR 3G talc has been developed by Imerys using a patented process that results in very high aspect ratio talc.

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Chinaplas 2017 is set to take place from 16 – 19 May 2017 at the China Import & Export Fair Complex, Pazhou, Guangzhou, in Southern China. According to the organizer, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., the event is currently Asia's No. 1 and the world's No. 2 plastics and rubber trade fair. Not only will more than 3,300 exhibitors introduce innovative solutions for the plastics and rubber industries, but the organizer will also host a wealth of concurrent events to meet the industry's multiple needs. These have always been highlights of the trade fair, and have been well received by exhibitors and visitors alike, says Adsale. Focusing on the key topics “Intelligent Manufacturing”, “High-tech Materials”, and “Green Solutions”, the following three big concurrent events will be organized during the exhibition: the “2nd Industry 4.0 Conference”, “Design x Innovation”, and the “3rd Medical Plastics Conference”.

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Effective from 1 May 2017, Covestro will increase the global prices for its Desmodur and Baytec elastomer systems, which include prepolymers, polyols and curatives, by up to 9 %.

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For the first time, Huntsman is exhibiting at one of Asia’s most influential trade fairs for the underwear industry. Experts from the company’s thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) team will exhibit at SIUF 2017 (hall 2,stand E18) from 19 to 21 April 2017 in Shenzhen, China, where they will promote a range of products that can be used to create soft, elastic, seam-free garments.

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The Korean speciality chemicals manufacturer Songwon Industrial Co., Ltd. has officially opened a new Technology Innovation Center in Korea on 23 March 2017. Located on the company’s Maeam site in South Korea, the centre encompasses 32,000 m² and includes analysis labs, synthetic rooms, clean rooms, kilos lab scale rooms, polymer processing and application labs.

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Chem-Trend announced the acquisition of the release agent business of Rubio Trading & Consulting SRL, its long-time distribution partner in Romania. As part of a planned growth strategy in Eastern Europe, Chem-Trend Romania SRL has been established through the acquisition. Chem-Trend Romania will continue to support the local market in the existing industries of polyurethane and rubber moulding, thermoplastics processing and die casting, and will expand in the future to support the tyre manufacturing market as well, says the company.

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FRX Polymers, Inc., a producer of polymeric halogen-free flame retardants, has earned ISO 9001:2015 certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), effective from 6 February 2017. ISO 9001:2015 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a company-wide quality management system (QMS).

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BASF recently inaugurated its new Innovation Campus Asia Pacific, located in Mumbai, India. With a total expected investment of up to EUR 50 million, the projects marks BASF’s largest R+D investment in South Asia. All global research operations at the innovation campus will be housed under BASF Chemicals India Private Limited, a 100 % subsidiary of BASF.

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Kraiburg TPE has opened a sales office in Seoul, Korea, in January 2017 to strengthen its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

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A broad range of styrenic speciality solutions and customer applications for several key industries, including automotive, electronics, household, construction, healthcare and packaging, will be showcased by Ineos Styrolution at the Feiplastic 2017, stand J70. The exhibition will be held from 3 – 7 April 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Huntsman Corporation has announced a plan to close the white end finishing and packaging operation of its titanium dioxide (TiO2) manufacturing facility based in Calais, France, during the third quarter of 2017.

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