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Covestro has started a cooperation with Chinese internet giant Alibaba. As of 23 April 2018, the company offers its polymer materials in a flagship store on 1688.com, an online platform of Alibaba.

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On 8 June 2018, Kraton announced a general price increase of 200 USD/t for all Kraton HSBC polymers. Subject to the terms of any applicable contracts, these price increases will take effect 15 June 2018.

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Biesterfeld Polybass S.p.A. is expanding its long-standing collaboration with ExxonMobil Chemical by commencing distribution of Vistalon EPDM rubber in Italy.

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In order to offer well-founded solutions with regard to hard/soft combinations, the Swiss polyamide expert Ems-Grivory will be cooperating with TPE manufacturer API, recently acquired by Trinseo.

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Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers Europe B.V. announced that it has acquired Dutch Filaments BV, a manufacturer of 3D printing filaments with over 70 employees and a production site in Helmond, The Netherlands.

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The Lubrizol Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on 24 May 2018, celebrating the successful start-up of its latest TPU capacity expansion in Avon Lake, OH, USA. The company said it has invested USD 27 million at the site, creating 15 new jobs. Details of the production capacity were not disclosed. According to Lubrizol, the expansion is part of its strategic global capacity expansion programme supporting the Engineered Polymers business and product lines including Estane TPU, Pearlthane TPU, Pearlbond TPU and others, totalling nearly USD 80 million across the globe.

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TSRC Corporation announced that it has increased its shareholding in Indian Synthetic Rubber Private Ltd. (ISRPL) to 50 %, as the transaction closed in April 2018.

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By modernising two existing technical support center and research lab operations under one roof in Terneuzen, Trinseo has created a new plastics research centre that will house 180 non-manufacturing employees.

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RTP’s newest manufacturing location is located at Prologis Park V in Wroclaw, Poland. The 8,000 m2 facility has a wide dock area with a high clearance ceiling, external office space, and a laboratory with controlled temperature and humidity.

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TSRC Corporation has announced its investment in the construction of a new SEBS line with 20,000 t/y capacity in Nantong, China. The line is expected to start operations during the course of 2019.

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Engineering thermoplastics supplier Polyplastics Co., Ltd. has announced the merger with its affiliate Topas Advanced Polymers, Inc. (TAP), effective 1 April 2018.

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