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On 7 October 2021, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced Hamdy Khalil, Ph.D., senior technical advisor at Woodbridge, as this year’s recipient of the CPI Distinguished Leadership Award. This award was presented during the closing session of the 2021 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Denver, CO, USA.

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The 27th Fakuma international trade fair for plastics processing celebrated an inspiring restart in Friedrichshafen from 12-16 October 2021. Organiser Schall welcomed in total 1470 exhibitors from 39 countries. (2018: 1933). Overall emphasis was placed on the topics of sustainability, circular economy and recycling. 

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Rampf’s liquid polyurethane portfolio encompasses a large selection of products for various processes and applications. (Source: Rampf)

Rampf Group, Inc. is presenting its portfolio of mercury-free, RoHS-compliant, and UV-stable polyurethanes for theme park and specialty tooling at World Waterpark Association Show 2021 (booth 103) from 19 – 22 October 2021 in San Antonio, TX, USA.

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Patrice Pinsard (Source: Perstorp)

Effective from 18 October 2021, Patrice Pinsard has been appointed EVP Strategic Markets & Innovation at Perstorp. In his new role, Pinsard will drive value creation and growth of Perstorp’s portfolio of speciality chemicals, with emphasis on the focus segments Resins & Coatings and Engineered Fluids.

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Example applications printed with the advanced filaments from the new Forward AM Flexible Filament Portfolio (f.l.t.r.: Ultrafuse TPS 90A, Ultrafuse 95A, Ultrafuse 64D). (Source: Forward AM).

With three new filaments – Ultrafuse TPU 64D, Ultrafuse TPU 95A and Ultrafuse TPS 90A – Forward AM is launching a portfolio of advanced flexible materials for Additive Manufacturing (AM). These new filaments are said to enable the easy, rapid and cost-efficient production of 3D printed parts via Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF).

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The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) has announced a partnership with Cal Beyer, CWP and CSDZ to provide key education and resources to both spray foam and construction industry participants on suicide and substance abuse prevention. Fueled in part by ongoing stressors including the pandemic, as well as the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) assessment of the construction industry having the second highest rate of suicide in the USA at 53.3 per 100,000 workers, the SPFA Board of Directors initiated its campaign to assist the industry. As part of the program, the SPFA on 18 November 2021 will host an informative webinar led by Cal Beyer, which will be accessible at no cost to all in the construction industry.

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Peter Wilkes (left) and Sergej Lazovic (right) (Source: Biesterfeld)

Sergej Lazovic has been appointed as Managing Director of Biesterfeld Spezialchemie GmbH alongside Peter Wilkes with effect from 1 October 2021. Together, the two Managing Directors will be responsible for the ongoing strategic development of the Biesterfeld subsidiary's global business.

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Tosoh Corporation announced that is will cease producing and selling toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and TDI-related products effective April 2023. According to the company, despite the continuous implementation of measures to improve profitability, the environment surrounding this business has become increasingly severe in recent years, and there are no prospects for improvement. Consequently, Tosoh plans to cease production permanently at its Nanyo Complex of TDI and TDI-related products.

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On 11 October 2021, Recticel announced that following the unsolicited offer by Greiner in May 2021, its Board of Directors concluded that the offer was not in the interest of shareholders and other stakeholders, and significantly undervalued the company. Subsequently, the board initiated a complete review of its strategic alternatives and came to the conclusion that a better strategic project and superior value can be created by pursuing a strategy to separate its businesses and to dispose Engineered Foams.

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Evonik announced that it has recently extended its distribution agreement with Brenntag for its Dynasylan product line to 16 countries in Eastern Europe. Effective immediately, Brenntag will additionally distribute the silane products in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

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