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At the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens Techtextil (14–17 May 2019, Frankfurt, Germany) BASF will highlight its expertise in fabrics, films, nonwovens, yarns and hot-melt adhesives based on Elastollan thermoplastic polyurethane. Due to its high elasticity and mechanical strength, the plastic is suitable for the production of a wide range of materials for the textile industry.

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The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice of the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, has announced a 2019 Road Show for the association’s Professional Certification Program (PCP). Designed to promote safety and the highest standards in the installation of spray polyurethane foam, the certification program will be brought to various locations across the country in partnership with industry-leading companies, to ensure its availability to participants in key regions nationally.

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Demonstrating how it inspires ingenuity in plastics was the focus of Huntsman at Chinaplas this May. At the show, Huntsman highlighted its expertise in polyurethane-based elastomers. Huntsman also promoted its Elastamine polyetheramine products, which can boost the performance of engineering plastics and fibres.

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BASF plans to build a TPU as well as an engineering plastics compounding plant at the company’s proposed integrated chemical production (“Verbund”) site in Zhanjiang, China. The company said that these will be the first production plants to come onstream at the site. The TPU plant will have a capacity of 32,000 t/y; the engineering plastics compounding plant will supply a capacity of 60,000 t/y of these products.

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The company StyleSnout GmbH has developed The Island dog bed, which uses Covestro’s Insqin technology. The surface of the beds is coated with a water-based polyurethane system. This textile coating keeps the bed from slipping on the floor and at the same time improves the resistance to mechanical stresses, such as bites or paws.

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Dow has opened a SleepStudio location in Lake Jackson, TX, USA. This marks the company’s second SleepStudio location worldwide after the first was established in Horgen, Switzerland, late last year. The facility is a collaborative meeting and demonstration space that is intended to foster dialogue and education and advances comfortable sleep. The studio brings together technical expertise and industry insight to drive bedding design, innovation and polyurethane material science forward.

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Itasa, an expert in the production of release liners, has successfully initiated production at its new plant located in Querétaro, Mexico. The 7,000 m² building that hosts the plant was completed in less than eight months, and the site allows a possible future expansion with an option to double the building capacity.

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Monitoring Recyclates for Europe (MORE) is a new unified digital platform to monitor the uptake of recycled polymers into products. The IT platform is available to be used by converters since 25 April 2019. It was developed by EuPC in cooperation with its members and in support to the European Commission’s EU Plastics Strategy. Its objective is to monitor and register the plastics converting industry’s efforts to reach the EU target of 10 million t of recycled polymers used annually between 2025 and 2030.

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Smarter Shows has announced the early confirmed speakers and featured topics for the Foam Expo Europe Conference, which will take place from 10 - 12 September 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. Over 50 industry leaders will provide interactive discussions focusing on the latest foam industry developments, innovations and technologies.

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Saip, a specialist for design and development of customized systems and machines for all polyurethane applications, based in Como, Italy, has recently been granted patents for a new generation of SAIP hp mixing heads, a face-up foaming fixture and an overlapping & endlapping system in the process of sandwich panel production.

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