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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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BASF is investigating the possibility of building a highly-integrated “Verbund” chemical production site in the South Chinese province of Guangdong. Today, Martin Brudermüller, BASF’s Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, and Lin Shaochun, Executive Vice Governor of Guangdong Province, signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding in Berlin, in the presence of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

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Covestro LLC hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its New Martinsville, WV, USA, production facility, commemorating the successful startup of its thermoplastic polyurethane capacity expansion.

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The plastics distributor Biesterfeld Plastic announced that it has expanded its cooperation with long-standing partner BASF. The company is distributing the thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer Elastollan in central, western and southern Europe now on the basis of an exclusive distribution agreement.

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The Statistical Studies Centre of Amaplast (an Italian trade association and member of Confindustria, bringing together about 170 manufacturers of plastics and rubber processing machinery, equipment and moulds) announced that it has analysed foreign trade data published by Istat for the first quarter of 2018. A comparison with the same period in 2017 revealed growth of 26 % in imports and a decline of approximately 1 % in exports.

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Hexpol TPE has optimized their extrusion equipment and production capacities at its site in Lichtenfels, Germany, with the installation of a filtration system from Trendelkamp Technologie GmbH. In addition, all extrusion lines were equipped with granulate classifiers from Trendelkamp.

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Kuraray, PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) and Sumitomo have created a joint venture company in Bangkok, Thailand, for the manufacturing and sales of butadiene derivatives.

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Ineos Styrolution announced plans for a "significant" investment in the production of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) at its site in Wingles, France, which has so far focused on polystyrene (PS) production. One of the three existing PS lines at the site will be converted into a production line for ABS with a planned capacity of around 50,000 t/y. The ABS line is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2020.

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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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