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Friday, 24 March 2017

Mitsui Chemicals increases stake in Sotus to 18 percent

TOKYO, JAPAN: Mitsui Chemicals Agro Inc (MCAG) has acquired an additional 1.5 percent shares in Sotus International Co Ltd (Sotus), an agrochemicals company in the Kingdom of Thailand.
Mitsui Chemicals Agro Inc was established on 1 April 2009, by the integration of Agrochemicals Division of Mitsui Chemicals Inc (MCI) and Sankyo Agro Inc.
MCAG has reached a share sale and purchase agreement with individual shareholders of Sotus. This increases MCAG shareholding ratio to 17.7 percent of Sotus’ total shares.
To enhance overseas business, MCAG had reached an agreement on business and capital tie-up with Sotus to acquire 10 percent of its outstanding shares in 2011, for the purpose to secure a production base in the growing South East Asian markets.
In 2013, in order to strengthen its development capability, MCAG established a formulation research centre together with SOTUS, who therefore has become a more important partner to MCAG. In 2016, for reinforcing this partnership, MCAG acquired 6.2 percent shares of Sotus from Pacific Agriscience Pte Ltd, an expertise in agricultural science and technology.
The present transaction will enable MCAG to tie-up more profoundly with Sotus and drive further success by accelerating development of new products in South East Asian markets.
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BASF unveils next innovative FCC catalyst

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF has launched the newest evolution of its resid oil fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts portfolio, Borotec.
Borotec is the latest innovation using BASF’s unique boron-based technology (BBT) platform to provide mild- and moderate-resid feed FCC units more flexibility in crude selection, which results in increased yields of high-value products.
A successful commercial trial has verified the ability of Borotec to improve performance, leading to higher yields of valuable products and lower bottom-of-the-barrel yields compared to competitive technologies.
The improved metals tolerance feature provided by Borotec allows improved crude flexibility for refiners that increasingly engage in spot buying to maximise profits. The catalyst was developed to offer refiners optimised operation and maximised margins.
In 2016, BASF introduced Borocat to the market, the first FCC catalyst based on the BBT platform. Since then, Borocat has been successfully introduced in refineries all over the world. Borocat was designed for processing heavy resid feedstocks. Results have shown that refineries using Borocat can increase crude oil conversion while improving the sustainable utilisation of a limited hydrocarbon resource.
“Globally, our refining industry customers are facing an increasing number of FCC units that process contaminated feedstocks. Borotec has shown excellent results using the unique chemistry of boron to provide improved performance. The product will help refineries worldwide to increase production of valuable hydrocarbons, and to be more successful,” said Jim Chirumbole, vice president refining catalysts, BASF.
“We are excited to see this next new product development from our innovative technology platform. Borotec underscores BASF’s comment to continued innovation with the expansion of our BBT product line for the moderate-resid sector,” added Detlef Ruff, senior vice president process catalysts, BASF.
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Arlanxeo increases chloroprene rubber prices globally

DORMAGEN, GERMANY/ MAASTRICHT, NETHERLANDS: Arlanxeo raises its prices for chloroprene rubber and chloroprene adhesive grades (CR) globally.
In Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia the price adjustment per metric tonne for CR is up to €700 and will be effective no later than 1 March.
In North America, Arlanxeo USA LLC is going to increase prices from 22 March up to $770 per metric tonne for CR products.
The measure is the result of the overall market- and cost developments of the past months.
Arlanxeo distributes CR under the brand name Baypren. CR products are used in applications like cable sheathings, hoses, belts and air springs as well as adhesives.
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Covestro presents trendy exterior design concept for electric cars

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY: Mobility is a basic human need and a key to the sustainability of our society and economy. The demands imposed on the individuality, safety, environmental compatibility and efficiency of motor vehicles are very high. To meet them, Covestro is developing innovative and sustainable material solutions that push previous technical boundaries. The company is presenting a new concept in electric car design.
“Based on pioneering plastics technologies, the concept incorporates current trends in the automotive design. It enables us to give vehicle designers new possibilities for designing comfortable, functional and energy-efficient cars,” said Jochen Hardt, project manager.
Partners for the development of the concept were automotive supplier HELLA and the distinguished Umea Institute of Design in Sweden.
The concept car is the first vehicle with wrap-around glazing made of transparent polycarbonate. The glazing is lightweight and aerodynamic, two features that reduce energy consumption. The designers also applied entirely new styling options that would not have been feasible in a glass. 
One example is the seamless design that integrates the transparent A-pillars. Wrap-around glazing rewards passengers with a panorama view and enhances pedestrian safety because it almost entirely eliminates blind spots. The glazing meets all the requirements of the new UN Regulation R43.
New lighting concept revolutionises design and safety
Covestro and HELLA have redefined automotive lighting. Illuminated surfaces with integrated LED spots to make light an adaptive design element that lends a car personality. Automotive designers now have access to fascinating possibilities for styling the front- and back-ends, and enhancing safety, energy efficiency and functionality. 

Holography will likely prove to be a top technology in future automotive lighting. HELLA and Covestro have developed an innovative solution based on holographic films from the Bayfol HX range. It enables various lighting functions to be integrated into body components, requiring little space and opening up entirely new possibilities for using light as a design element. 
Greater safety for self-driving cars
The new car concept is also geared to future technologies, such as the autonomous car. New polycarbonate materials enable good transmission of LiDAR signals and the homogeneous integration of sensors, ie. the “eyes” of an autonomous vehicle, to enhance the safety of passengers and pedestrians. 
Integrated displays in body parts also serve this goal. In autonomous vehicles, they support direct communication from car to car or car to pedestrian, eg via visual signals indicating that the car will stop in front of a pedestrian crossing.
Another one of Covestro’s highlights is various film solutions for interior automotive display applications. The focus is on displays and operating panels that are protected by scratch-resistant, glare-free films. They support new lighting effects and the integration of functions into the instrument panel. 
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AkzoNobel, MasterPeace partner to colour 100 walls

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel NV and global peace movement MasterPeace have collaborated to paint 100 walls. Thus, people living in more than 40 countries around the world are to benefit from this partnership.
Launched in Rotterdam, Netherlands, the Let’s Colour Walls of Connection initiative aims to inspire and energise cities around the world and make people’s lives more livable and inspiring.
The initiative will also enable the two partners to contribute to two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals focused on creating sustainable cities and communities and forming partnerships to achieve those goals.
MasterPeace is an award-winning global non-profit and non-governmental peace movement which operates in more than 45 countries and aims to mobilise people around the world to use their talents for peace building.
Officially launched in Rotterdam, the first of the 100 Let’s Colour Walls of Connection is being painted at the city’s Albeda College, which is celebrating 25 years of being a local hub for diversity. The college invited its students and local communities to paint a wall projecting their dreams of “a more inclusive and embracing future for all.”
With a little bit of paint and a lot of creativity, artists and communities are coming together to ‘color peace’The community events will take place in cities all over the world, from Indonesia to Brazil, and will involve hundreds of artists, AkzoNobel employees, MasterPeace teams and thousands of local participants,” said Annemieke Kievit, director of public affairs and human cities at AkzoNobel.  
“We see walls being built around the world and aim to turn those walls into bridges that connect people by using the power of colour to transform themWe believe in the power of togetherness, and by transforming these walls into bridges, and connecting rather than dividing people, we also hope to change the walls we have built up in our minds,” added Aart Bos, MasterPeace Global CEO.
This is a great way for us to engage people around the world through our Let’s Colour and Human Cities initiatives. Let’s Colour believes in the power of paint brands like Dulux to improve people’s lives, while Human Cities aims to revitalise cities around the world and make them more livable and inspiring,” concluded, Ruud Joosten, AkzoNobel’s executive committee member responsible for decorative paints.  
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Henkel appoints new chief digital officer

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY: Henkel has named Rahmyn Kress as a chief digital officer to accelerate Henkel’s digital activities. He is currently the managing director, technology ecosystem & ventures at Accenture.
He will report directly to Henkel CEO Hans Van Bylen. Rahmyn Kress will join Henkel in the second quarter to steer and coordinate the digital activities across all business units. As a chief digital officer (CDO), he will focus on driving digital scale, building digital capabilities and leading digital projects across the entire company.
Henkel has defined “Accelerate Digitalization” as one of its strategic priorities through to 2020 and beyond, aiming to successfully grow its business, strengthen the relationships with its customers and consumers, optimise its processes and advance digitalization across the entire company.
Kress has more than 25 years of professional experience in developing and implementing digital strategies. He gained extensive international expertise across different industries. He has been with Accenture since 2010, where he held several executive roles from being the CEO & president of an Accenture digital subsidiary in a digital supply chain, managing director, telecom, media & technology.
“We are pleased that Rahmyn Kress will join our global team. His knowledge and skills will help us to further accelerate our digital strategy. This appointment marks another step in implementing our strategic priorities for Henkel through to 2020 and beyond,” said Bylen.
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Ineos Styrolution presents high-performance solutions for automotive industry

FRANKFURT, GERMANY: Ineos Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics and a sub company of Ineos said that it will present its new Novodur Ultra 4255, the laser weldable-optimized version of the established Novodur HH-112 and its innovative composite StyLight.
Recently, Ineos Styrolution released one of its most interesting material innovations enhancing its dedicated portfolio of solutions for interior automotive applications. The new Novodur Ultra 4255 grade features high impact strength at room temperature as well as at low temperature, 100 percent ductility at -30 °C, high heat resistance and best-in-class flowability.
Complementary to exterior automotive applications, Ineos Styrolution developed an optimised laser weldable version of the Novodur HH-112 that offers high adhesion quality to other materials like PMMA. Furthermore, this tailored Novodur HH-112 is also reducing production costs. As design and aesthetics become more and more decisive for new car models, original equipment manufacturers are increasingly striving for a perfect surface when it comes to bonding two different materials.
Responding to another trend in the automotive industry, the increasing demand for lightweight parts, without compromising on aesthetics, safety and performance, Ineos Styrolution introduces its innovative thermoplastic composite StyLight.
Properties such as its lightweight, coupled with structural and dimensional stiffness and impact strength, make StyLight an ideal solution for automotive applications. StyLight production processes ensure highest quality and low cycle times, as complex parts can be produced in a hybrid production process:
The thermoplastic composite sheets made from StyLight can be thermoformed, back-injection-molded and decorated in just one processing step. At the same time, the lower shrinkage during the consolidation step of the styrenic copolymer matrix, based on a modified SAN, reduces the surface roughness or “waviness” significantly, and offers a superior surface quality. Possible applications include body panels, brake pedals, electronic device carriers, gear sticks, instrument panels, spoilers and sunroofs. Due to its innovative nature, the composite StyLight* also lends itself to R&D collaboration in completely new directions.
Furthermore, following exterior and interior automotive applications of INEOS Styrolution will be presented:
  • Dr Schneider folding table – made with Novodur H801
  • Continental instrument cluster – made with Novodur HH-112
  • Rear lamp housing – made with Novodur HH-112
  • Glove box and door extension part – both made with scratch resistant Novodur Ultra 4105
  • Inner seat part – made with chemical resistant Terblend N NM-19
  • Pillars – made with Luran S 778T and Novodur HH-106 G2
  • Side trims – made with Novodur P2MC
  • Roof spoiler – made with Novodur HH-106
“We expect the new Novodur Ultra 4255 to become a material of choice for car interiors, especially for applications like door panels, lower seat trims, centre and overhead consoles or glove box doors and frames,” said Christophe Ginss, automotive sales director EMEA at Ineos Styrolution.
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