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Evonik has inaugurated a new laboratory and innovation facility at its Essen Goldschmidt site in Germany. The 400-square-meter laboratory will enhance the group’s development capabilities for speciality polyurethane additives and processing aids for a variety of PU applications. The focus is on high-growth application areas such as the production of sustainable artificial leather, low emission catalysts for coatings and adhesives, additives for making PU shoe soles more durable and comfortable, and emission optimised release agents for moulded foams and elastomers.

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Azelis announced the opening of a new CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers) laboratory in Istanbul, Turkey. The lab enables the company to accelerate the roll-out of innovative CASE formulations and technical support to its customers in the region, said Azelis.

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The Arburg Prize 2021 for the best master’s thesis was presented to Dario Pasquale Arcuti (left) by Arburg Training Director Michael Vieth. (Source: TUM, Lehrstuhl AIS)

This year again saw two graduates of the Technical University of Munich, Germany (TUM) awarded the Arburg Prize for outstanding theses in the field of plastics and medical technology: Dr André Hemmler for the best dissertation and Dario Pasquale Arcuti for the best master’s thesis. In both cases, the topic was the use of medical prostheses.

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Close contour materials significantly reduce the amount of required material, production waste, and time spent on milling and finishing. (Source: Rampf)

Rampf Group, Inc. has presented its new sculpting epoxy Raku EP-2346/EH-2946 at IAAPA 2021 in Orlando, FL, USA, from 16 – 19 November 2021. The hand-modeling paste ensures unprecedented levels of detail and is very easy to sculpt and process, said the company.

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Huntsman has launched a new range of low-emission MDI-based foam systems for automotive interiors: the Acoustiflex LE and Rubiflex LE polyurethane product lines. The company said these technologies allow global automotive formulators and foam manufacturers to produce high-performance polyurethane foams, while significantly reducing interior emissions levels to meet OEMs’ requirements.

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Cannon’s high pressure L-shaped mixing head for PU processing with sensors monitoring fluidic parameters and processing offers predictive analysis for preventive maintenance. (Source: Cannon)

At Utech Europe 2021, Cannon displayed its innovative Free Pouring Laminar (FPL) SR L-shaped high-pressure mixing head reconfigured to accommodate more than 30 sensors to monitor processing performance during its life cycle.

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Repsol showcased its wide portfolio of polyether polyols for flexible and rigid foams and CASE applications at Utech Europe 2021. (Source: Repsol)

Repsol presented its extensive polyether polyols portfolio at Utech Europe 2021, the international three-day exhibition and conference for the global polyurethanes industry, in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

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Lanxess produces urethanes and lubricants at its Nantong site, China, which covers over 100,000 m2. (Source: Lanxess)

On 15 November 2021, Lanxess put a new production line for the manufacture of water-based compounds into operation in Nantong, China. The business belongs to the Urethane Systems (URE) business unit which is also producing polyurethane dispersions, an important ingredient of the compounds.

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BASF and Sanyo Chemical Industries Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for strategic collaboration on polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) development on 27 September 2021. The MOU enhances joint development and allows the two companies to leverage on the production networks for PUDs. The two parties said they aim to jointly develop and produce innovative products with strong sustainability contribution. Newly developed technologies and products will have worldwide market access through the two companies’ global production footprint.

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OSV has launched a new generation of metering and mixing machines designed for cast PU elastomers. (Source: OSV)

OSV Technology, LLC from Ukraine announced the launch of a new generation of metering and mixing machines designed for cast PU elastomers based on MDI and TDI.

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