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Project manager Udo Junge strikes nine pieces of holy wood into the ground – a Thai tradition that should offer protection and happiness to the future production plant. (Source: Covestro)

Covestro announced that it has started construction of a new production plant for Vulkollan raw materials in the Map Ta Phut industrial zone in Thailand. The company said that with the new plant, it aims to satisfy the growing demand for high-performance polyurethane elastomers and to serve the ever wider range of applications of the product. The investment is in the high mid double-digit million euro range. Production at the new plant is scheduled to start at the end of 2022. It will employ a staff of more than 25 people.

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The Pinneberg-based German company Tramaco GmbH announced the launch of new expandable microspheres. According to the manufacturer, some materials, e.g. TPE/TPU, cannot be processed by chemical or physical foaming due to their low melt strength. In these cases the new product can offer an adequate solution.

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Trinseo, a manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, announced that it has received mass balance certification for three families of products it manufactures in Europe.

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Cannon has postponed its Insulation Technology Open Days to 2021 (Source: Cannon)

Cannon announced that the development of the pandemic in Italy and the consequent latest regulations concerning the containment of the spread of the Covid-19 virus, e.g. the closing of some areas of the country, has forced the company to postpone the Insulation Technology Open Days, scheduled on 25 – 26 November 2020.

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The Chinese sports and fitness brand Keep has launched the treadmill K2, which is made with BASF’s Infinergy expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU) in the running deck. With the material’s superior elastic, shock-absorbing and high-rebound properties, the running deck is said to deliver an unmatched experience for indoor runners.

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Doug Kramer (left), Simon Baker (right) (Source: Huntsman)

Huntsman Building Solutions (HBS) announced that Doug Kramer, the founder and architect of Icynene-Lapolla’s success in the spray foam polyurethane business, has stepped down from his current role as joint President to become a consultant to the Business, focusing on strategic growth initiatives. Kramer will report directly to Tony Hankins, President of Huntsman Polyurethanes, HBS’s parent company. Simon Baker, formerly joint president of HBS, will become the global President of HBS, effective immediately.

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Tyrata Inc. and Marubeni Corporation announced a collaboration for the distribution of Tyrata’s IntelliTread Drive-Over System (DOS) in Japan. The DOS and corresponding data analytics platform have proven effective in the automation of tyre tread depth monitoring. In connection with the collaboration, Marubeni will obtain the right to distribute and service Tyrata’s DOS in Japan, and Tyrata gains the support of a trusted technology partner in the Japanese market. Marubeni will start introducing DOS units to its customer base in Japan in Q4 2020.

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Cannon is inviting to the Insulation Technology Open Days from 25 – 26 November 2020. (Source: Cannon)

Cannon is inviting to the Insulation Technology Open Days – Meetings, B2B, Conference and Factory Visits, the company’s first two-days event entirely dedicated to insulation technology.

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Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), a value chain initiative to increase the circularity of styrenics, announced that it has successfully demonstrated that polystyrene is mechanically recyclable to food contact standards. In cooperation with the Fraunhofer-Institute für Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung IVV, SCS performed so-called challenge tests, which confirmed the high cleaning efficiency of the mechanical recycling technology for polystyrene to remove impurities originating from waste streams. These results enable the first application for an opinion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the use of recycled polystyrene (r-PS) as food contact material.

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Since 1938 Fecken-Kirfel has been at home on the Prager Ring in Aachen, Germany. Since then the production plant has been continuously expanded and modernised. (Source: Fecken-Kirfel)

The Aachen-based German company Fecken-Kirfel GmbH & Co. KG, a specialist in the manufacture of customised splitting and stacking machines for the plastics, rubber and cork industry, is celebrating a very special anniversary in November 2020: The family business becomes 150 years.

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