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adidas has revealed the Futurecraft.Loop, a 100 % recyclable performance running shoe. Together with Parley for the Oceans, the company introduced in 2015 the first performance footwear concept with an upper made entirely of yarns and filaments reclaimed and recycled from marine plastic waste and illegal deep-sea gillnets.adidas said that in 2019 it will produce 11 million pairs of shoes containing recycled ocean plastic through intercepting plastic waste on beaches, remote islands and in coastal communities. adidas is committed to using only recycled polyester in every product and on every application where a solution exists by 2024.

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NuernbergMesse India Pvt Ltd. has acquired India Mattresstech Expo (IME). Under the umbrella of NürnbergMesse India and in co-operation with Unitech Exhibitions Pvt Ltd, the 5th edition of India Mattresstech Expo will run from 27 February to 1 March parallel to Indiawood 2020, one of the regions largest trade fairs for furniture manufacturing and woodworking in Bangalore, India. Nürnberg Messe said that this combined know-how paired with decades of trade fair expertise will offer IME a wider platform and a better visibility on the national and international front.

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SI Group’s Weston 705 and Weston 705T liquid phosphite antioxidants have been granted an extension of existing approvals by the US Food & Drug Administration for use as food-contact substances in styrene block polymers and repeat-use elastomers under conditions of use A through H with concentration up to 0.5 % by weight (FCN 1927), effective 15 March 2019.

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Professor Christian Hopmann, institute director of the IKV Institute for Plastics Processing in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University, has been honoured as the newest "Fellows of SPE" at Antec 2019, the largest international technology conference. He was nominated by SPE’s Injection Moulding Division (IMD) and received the prestigious award by Dr. Brian Grady, president of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) on 17 March 2019 at Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

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RDAbbott and the ACS Rubber Division have partnered together to produce a new video. “Rubber: It’s Not Just Tires.” The video demonstrates the significance of rubber in everyday life and was designed to introduce the next generation of workers to this extraordinary industry. The video also includes footage from Dow, Arlanxeo, 3M and Hallstar.

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Huntsman Tecnoelastomeri has introduced a range of customisable, MDI-based hot cast elastomers. The Tecnothane VTER series is described as being exceptionally resilient polyurethane materials for the manufacture of wheels, castors and industrial parts, which need to be equipped to perform in extreme working conditions. Easy to process compared to NDI-based technologies, the new series includes six elastomer solutions which can be adapted to match customer-specific requirements. As standard the products offer very good tear and cut resistance plus high rebound and very low hysteresis properties.

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Byk is expanding its operations in the Shanghai region and has opened a new site. The company said that Asia accounts for one third of sales, and has made a substantial contribution in past decades. The five-hectare site in Shanghai (around 54,000 sqm) is home to laboratories, a distribution center, and administration and was constructed in just two years. BYK invested around EUR 38 million. Some 100 employees will work here it is in full operation.

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Recticel NV announced on 16 April that it has received an unsolicited non-binding offer from Kingspan Group Plc to acquire Recticel’s Insulation division and Flexible Foams division for an enterprise value of EUR 700 million on a debt-free, cash-free basis and subject to further price adjustment mechanisms. Recticel said it has taken note of the press release issued on 16 April by Kingspan. Kingspan has indicated that it has entered into a back-to-back agreement with a third party for the disposal of all of the Flexible Foams business. Rectcel said that Kingspan has not provided Recticel with any details, including but not limited to the identity, nature, rationale or consideration to be paid for the flexible foam business, in respect of this third party. Kingspan’s non-binding offer is subject to due diligence satisfactory to Kingspan, agreement on transaction documentation (including a material adverse change clause) and obtaining anti-trust clearance.

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Rampf looks back at a successful Foam Expo 2019. The company offers more than 400 foam formulas and presented its range of silicone and polyurethane foams used for IP sealing, BSR/NVH abatement, insulation, modeling, and light-weighting in the automotive, household appliance, electronic, packaging, energy technology, recreation equipment, and medical industries. Foam Expo 2019 took place from 26-28 March 2019 in Novi, MI, USA.

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The seminar programme recorded a high number of attendees and provided additional insights into major developments in PU processing (Source: Mack Brooks Exhibition)

From 26 – 27 March 2019, the international PU industry met for PSE Europe at the MOC Munich, Germany. Once again, the International Exhibition for Polyurethane Solutions offered an excellent platform for in-depth expert talks.

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