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The Chinese company China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) is seeking to list its subsidiary KraussMaffei, a leading supplier of machinery and systems for producing and processing plastics and rubber, on a stock exchange in China.

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Arlanxeo announced that it will raise the prices for its Keltan EPDM grades globally, effective from 15 January 2018.

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SPE Automotive Composites Conference (ACCE) has announced its annual call for papers, exhibitors, part competition nominations and scholarships for their 18th annual event, which takes place from 5 -7 2018 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich, USA. "Composites – Driving Innovation” is the theme for the event and will reflect the growing interest automotive OEMs have in learning about the latest composites technologies, so SPE. The ACCE features technical sessions, a panel discussion, keynotes, and exhibits highlighting advances in materials, processes, and equipment for both thermoset and thermoplastic composites in a wide variety of transportation applications. The Automotive and Composites Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) jointly produce the ACCE.

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On 29 December 2017, Royal DSM and Amyris, Inc. has announced that they have closed the transaction for the sale of Amyris Brasil Ltda to DSM and the establishment of a long-term manufacturing partnership for Amyris’s high-volume products.

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AMI Consulting’s report "Polymer demand in Asia" details the size, nature and future prospects for both commodity and engineering plastics in Asia. The region represents a varied market with the 13 countries listed in the report having differing prospects for polymer demand.

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The elastomer coated fabrics market is projected to grow from USD 9.67 billion in 2017 to USD 11.85 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 4.16 % during the forecast period. This is a result of a recent study published by MarketsandMarkets.

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Sasa Polyester Sanayi has awarded a contract to Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions' Uhde Inventa-Fischer subsidiary to build two new world-scale polyethylene terephthalate (PET) facilities in Adana, Turkey.

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On 18 December 2017, Celanese Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Omni Plastics and its subsidiaries, including the distributor Resinal de Mexico.

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Croda International Plc announced that it has acquired IonPhasE, a technology supplier of static electricity protection products with headquarters in Tampere, Finland. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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The German producer of TPE materials Actega DS GmbH announced that it will raise the sales prices for all types of compounds for the medical, pharma, food and beverage industries in the range of 5 – 10 %, depending on the individual product composition.

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JEC Group has awarded twelve companies with Innovation Awards during the JEC Asia 2017 show, which was held from 1 – 3 November 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. The winner in the Raw Materials category is OCSiAl for its product Tuball Matrix, a single wall carbon nanotube-based pre-dispersed concentrate that simplifies nanotube handling. The product can be applied both as a reinforcing and as a conductive additive and was named as most innovative raw material for composite applications by JEC Group.

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