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Nova to expand applications center

6:09 AM MDT | August 26, 2014 | Clay Boswell

Nova Chemicals has begun the expansion of its Centre for Performance Applications at Calgary, AB, the company announced on 25 August. Nova says that the facility, formerly known as the Nova Chemicals Technical Centre, will “serve as a hub for collaborating with customers on the development of higher-value products and applications.”...


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