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Ineos Styrolution announced that it will commission an engineering study to build a world-scale styrene monomer plant on the US Gulf Coast.

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The Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) announced that 1.2 million square feet (~ 111,000 m²) on the NPE2018: The Plastics Show exhibit floor has been sold to exhibitors, making it the largest NPE show in history.

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KraussMaffei announced that it will present its injection moulding machines and technologies in combination with Industry 4.0 solutions at Chinaplas 2018 (hall 2, stand T01) from 24 – 27 April 2018 in Hongqiao, Shanghai, China.

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Kraiburg TPE will be showcasing the latest Thermolast K TPEs for automotive exterior, consumer, consumer electronics, and packaging applications at Chinaplas 2018 (hall 6.2, stand C35) from 24 – 27 April 2018 in Shanghai, China.

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Asahi Kasei Corporation is increasing the prices of the following products for all overseas shipments, effective from 16 April 2018.

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According to data compiled by the Chinese research network ChinaIRN.com, the size of China's current medical equipment market has exceeded CNY 100 billion, with an average annual growth rate of about 23 %. In light of such rapid growth, it has become a major focus for medical device manufacturers to search for medical-grade high-tech materials. “Smart Manufacturing”, “Innovative Materials”, and “Green Solutions” will therefore be in the focus at Chinaplas 2018, which will be held from 24 – 27 April 2018 at the National Exhibition & Convention Center (NECC) in Hongqiao, Shanghai, China.

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Kuraray America, Inc. announced that it will exhibit at the American Coatings Show (ACS) 2018 (stand 2355), which will be held from 9 – 12 April 2018 in Indianapolis, IN, USA. The company will showcase several products within its chemical, polymer and elastomer technology businesses.

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AkzoNobel announced the sale of 100 % of its Specialty Chemicals business to investors The Carlyle Group and GIC for an enterprise value of EUR 10.1 billion. According to AkzoNobel, this transaction creates two focused businesses – Paints and Coatings, and Specialty Chemicals – as part of its strategy announced in April 2017. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of 2018.

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To complete the extrusion process on a laboratory scale, the Duisburg-based German company Brabender GmbH & Co. KG is now offering a winding system for round rods and hoses – the Brabender Winder.

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Actega DS GmbH has won third place in the 2017 sustainability award of VCI NRW –the German Association of the Chemical Industry, sector North Rhine-Westphalia – for its sealing compound Svelon 830 LG (Low Gauge), which can help save steel during crown cork production.

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