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Dow Chemical will begin construction
Plant set-ups: Dow to build innovation centre in US; Ampacet opens facility in Australia
US-based chemicals firm Dow Chemical will begin construction of a new, US$100 million Innovation Centre to drive innovation in silicone science and organic chemistry at the Dow Corning corporate campus. The new facility will host approximately 200 R&D employees. Dow, which started exploring...
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Ineos to increase ABS
Ineos to increase ABS capacity in India
Styrenics maker Ineos Styrolution plans to increase its compounding capacity for engineering plastics by an additional 34,000 tonnes/year at its Moxi plant located in Gujarat, India. Expected for completion in 2019, this expansion will grow Ineos Styrolution's compounding capacity to 100,000 tonnes/year at the site. This expansion will...
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Davis-Standard commemorates facility
Davis-Standard commemorates facility expansion in Pawcatuck
US machinery maker Davis-Standard recently commemorated the 15,000-sq ft expansion to its facility in Pawcatuck. The new space houses manufacturing and precision machining of advanced multi-layer blown film dies, enabling Davis-Standard to move all blown film manufacturing from Gloucester...
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The types of infill used in composite panels for building facades are coming under scrutiny, especially in the combustibility of the panels

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Synthetic rubber The anatomy of biobased rubber in tyres

Renewably-sourced synthetic rubbers are making the cut in the growing automotive and tyre markets, says Angelica Buan in this report. Cars are one of the greatest inventions of mankind, the best embodiment to man's appetite for mobility and speed. But what are cars without tyres? Pneumatic tyres, the modern progeny of the earliest tyres made of leather, steel or wood, use synthetic rubber as well as natural rubber. Synthetic rubber has the ability...
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Husky: Optimising high performance polymer Husky: Optimising high performance polymer moulding

When moulding high-temperature polymers, direct-gating with a hot runner system can save moulders time and money, says Mohammad Rafi, BASc, Applications Engineer at Husky Injection Molding Systems. Hot runner systems were introduced in the 1960s to mould commodity polymers such as polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE) and polystyrene (PS). Since that time technology innovations have improved the capabilities of hot runner systems....
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