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Jon M. Huntsman, founder and Chairman Emeritus of Huntsman Corporation, passed away on 2 February 2018 at his home in Salt Lake City, UT, USA, surrounded by family.

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The Swedish chemical company Perstorp Specialty Chemicals AB announced that 15 employees will be given notice of redundancy.

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The PU aerogel insulation material Slentite from BASF has received the 2018 German Design Award from the German Design Council. The distinction was awarded for good product design in the Building and Elements category. The expert jury stressed particularly the varied opportunities that the material offers architects, designers and planners as a result of its product characteristics.

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The Italian company Saip announced that it will exhibit at Foam Expo North America 2018 (stand 228), North America’s first free-to-attend exhibition and conference for the technical foam industry. The company will present its polyurethane processing equipment used in various industrial sectors, e.g., refrigeration, furniture, automotive, and construction.

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Rampf Group, Inc., the North American subsidiary of the international Rampf Group, will present its portfolio of foam systems for the automotive, household appliance, electrical/electronic, packaging, energy technology, recreation equipment, and medical industries at Foam Expo North America 2018 (stand 427).

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According to a study from Markets and Markets, the global polyurethane market is projected to reach USD 56.76 billion by 2021 at a CAGR of 5.6 %.

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Feica, the Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry, invites experts to share their knowledge and experience at the 2018 European Adhesive & Sealant Conference and Expo, which takes place at the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference Hotel in Riga, Latvia, from 12 – 14 September 2018.

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Effective from 1 January 2018, VersaFlex Inc. and Raven Lining Systems have merged into one company, combining expertise in polyurea, polyurethane, epoxy and cementitious technologies. Financial details of the merger agreement were not disclosed.

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Lubrizol announced that it has selected Simko S.A. as the new distributor for its thermoplastic polyurethane portfolio throughout Argentina. Simko distributes engineering plastics, synthetic rubbers, rubber chemicals and industrial equipment for rubber and plastic industries in Argentina. The company has warehouse and office facilities in San Martin near the Buenos Aires highway network.

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Jeff Downing, a founding member of VersaFlex, passed away on 25 January 2018 at age 71 after fighting for almost two years against the spread of cancer.

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