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PolymaxTPE has added two new styrenic TPE grades for gasket and seals applications to its portfolio. The grades, P32-010 and P32-011, can replace TPV elastomers in a variety of applications that include gaskets, seals, valves, home appliance, and food packaging requiring high resilience for seal integrity.

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Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) has announced completion of its leading-edge polyethylene pilot plant at its research and technology facility in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

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The Hamburg-based German company Weber & Schaer GmbH & Co. KG announced that it will take over the plastics distributor Polymer Service PSG GmbH, Buchholz, Germany, in two stages by the end of 2018. Weber & Schaer is thereby strengthening its position in the areas of thermoplastic raw materials and additives for the plastics industry. Financial details were not disclosed.

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China must shut down outmoded facilities, consolidate production and reduce pollution to increase the competitiveness of its petrochemical industry, according to a guideline issued in Beijing Wednesday (3 Aug 2016).

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Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) and an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) are considering the potential development of a jointly owned petrochemical complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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Woburn (Massachusetts)-based Metabolix said it is implementing a strategic restructuring, which will involve eliminating about 45 positions in its biopolymer operations and corporate organization, and pursuing the sale of its biopolymers business assets.

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PKN Orlen has received management and supervisory board approval to build a new metathesis unit that will increase propylene capacity by 100,000 t/y at its site in Plock, Poland.

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Starting January next year, the Selangor state will ban the use of polystyrene containers and extend the No Plastic Bag Day on Saturdays to seven days a week.

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Emery Oleochemicals, the world’s leading natural–based chemicals producer and largest oleochemicals manufacturer in North America, has announced the completion of its new 7,500 square foot Technical Development Center (TDC).

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At K 2016, Lanxess’ Rhein Chemie Additives (ADD) business unit will present its extensive portfolio of flame retardants. The focus is on halogen-free products based on phosphorus. Amongst others, the company will showcase a low-emission flame retardant for flexible polyurethane foams and biopolymers as well as a cost-effective low-odour solution for a wide variety of applications.

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A new Commission study shows that the cost of implementing major regulations for the European chemical industry doubled between 2004 and 2014. Europe’s regulatory framework for chemicals, along with industry’s own efforts, plays an essential role in ensuring the protection of human health and the environment. However, Europe’s complex regulatory framework also poses a significant burden on EU chemical companies, amounting to about EUR 10 billion per year over the period studied.

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