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Freudenberg-NOK develops biobased rubber compound

11:10 AM MDT | April 17, 2015 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies (Plymouth, MI) says that it has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock. The sugarcane base allows the material to be 45% bio-renewable...


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Brazil's demand for plastics contracted significantly during 2014

Brazil's demand for commodity plastics contracted significantly during 2014 compared with the previous year, according to figures released by chemical industry association Abiquim (São Paulo). The current low competitiveness of Brazil's chemical sector...

Braskem slows Marcellus cracker, considers polypropylene expansion

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Invista launches new PTA technology platform

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Repsol grows polyolefin sales in Europe, completes downsizing Puertollano cracker

Repsol's sales of polyolefins in Europe grew by more than 20% during the first quarter compared with the same period of 2014, the company says. Sales' volume rose as a result of recent investments, such as technical enhancements and the use of propane as...

India slaps dumping duties on paste PVC imports from Norway, Mexico

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Reliance commissions PET, PTA plants at Dahej

Reliance Industries (Mumbai) today announced that it has commissioned its new, previously announced purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin plants at Dahej, India. The PTA plant has a production capacity of 1.15 million...

Sibur begins producing new PP grades

Sibur (Moscow) is adding new polypropylene (PP) grades to its product mix, the company said today. Its Tomsk, Russia, facility has developed and launched PP H263 FF, a grade used to produce nonwoven geotextiles for personal hygiene products...

Socar to build its first PP plant, awards contract to Tecnimont

A subsidiary of the energy major Socar (Baku, Azerbaijan) has awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) lump-sum, turnkey contract to two subsidiaries of Maire Tecnimont (Rome), to build a polypropylene (PP) plant at Sumgayit, Azerbaijan...

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals commissions polypropylene plant

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL), a subsidiary of ONGC (New Delhi), on Sunday commissioned a polypropylene (PP) plant at Mangalore, India. The unit forms part of MRPL’s phase-three refinery expansion project, which had been delayed by...

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