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Business News October 2018

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Plant Watch Dow announces investment plans to increase global silicones production September 12, 2018 — The Dow Chemical Company (Dow; Midland, Mich.; www.dow-dupont.com) will make investments in its global silicones businesses, including plans to build a new hydroxyl functional siloxane polymer plant in Carrollton, Kentucky, which will increase Dow’s polymer capacity in the Americas by 65%, and a new specialty resin plant in Zhangjiagang, China, which will provide resin intermediates for high-value silicone products. In addition, the company also announced a series of incremental siloxane debottleneck projects over the next three years, as well as the start of a feasibility study for the construction of a new, world-scale siloxane plant.   Versalis opens new EPDM rubber plant in Italy September 12, 2018 — Versalis (San Donato Milanese, Italy; www.versalis.eni.com) has opened a €250-million production plant in Ferrara, Italy for ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber, which will mainly supply the automotive industry. This investment in Ferrara will increase Versalis’ overall production capacity by around 50,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr).   Invista to increase capacity for nylon 6,6 polymer in…
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