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Actega DS GmbH was awarded third place in the sustainability award of VCI NRW – the German Association of the Chemical Industry, sector North Rhine-Westphalia – for its sustainable use of resources.

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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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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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Ube Industries, JSR Corp. and Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) have received European Commission (EC) approval for the planned integration of their acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) subsidiaries.

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Velox GmbH is the exclusive European distribution partner of FRX Polymers Inc., a producer of polymeric halogen-free flame retardant solutions. Velox recently announced the availability of Nofia non-halogenated polyphosphonates from FRX Polymers as a replacement for antimony trioxide (ATO) in brominated flame retardant products.

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Lanxess announced that it plans to acquire the phosphorus chemicals business with a US production site from Belgian chemical group Solvay. Both companies have signed an agreement to this effect. According to Lanxess, the acquisition will expand its Additives segment, which achieves annual sales of around EUR 2 billion with approximately 2,000 employees around the globe. The transaction is projected to conclude in the first half of 2018, subject to customary regulatory approvals.

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BASF India Limited announced that it plans to expand its manufacturing capacity of Cellasto cellular polyurethane elastomers and cease thermoplastic polyurethane manufacturing at its Dahej plant in Gujarat, India, in line with changing customer needs in the South Asia region.

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LyondellBasell received an European Innovation Award from PlasticsEurope and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in the category “Material Innovation” for the development of Koattro KT MR05, a plastomer with “self-healing” properties.

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SPE Central Europe has issued a call for nomination for the 18th Automotive Award parts & components for outstanding developments of plastic parts in vehicle construction.

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The SPE Thermoplastic Elastomers Special Interest Group (SIG) invites the submission of abstracts for presentation at the 13th TPE Topical Conference 2018.

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