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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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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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Due to the Hennecke Group’s steady growth and the integration of Hennecke-OMS (former ‘Impianti OMS’) at the end of 2017, Hennecke has restructured parts of its external organization and worldwide agency network. On 1 April 2019 CTM UK Ltd. became the exclusive agent for the entire Hennecke Group product range in the UK and Ireland and is now offering a comprehensive range of services that focuses on the machine and systems technology portfolio of both core brands, Hennecke Polyurethane Technology and Hennecke-OMS.

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Covestro and the Austria-based Lenzing Group have developed environmentally-compatible polyurethane (PU) synthetics for the shoe industry. The product combines Covestro’s expertise as a raw material specialist for PU textile coatings with Lenzing’s expertise in the production of fibers based on wood.

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At Chinaplas 2019 Guangdong Yizumi Precision Machinery Co., Ltd. will showcase the two-platen injection molding machine UN500DP, the UN550C-BTP wide-platen high-end multi-material injection molding machine, PacPro injection molding solutions for thin-walled packaging and the FF series all-electric injection molding machine. Additionally, innovations from Yizumi Germany and Franka Emika’s co-robot Franka Panda will also be showcased at the Yizumi stand.

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Dr. Christof Boensch has taken over the top management position at Frimo Group, a leading supplier of plastics processing production systems, in January 2019. In October 2018, Michael Stotz stepped into the role of CFO.

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The Supervisory Board of Lanxess AG has appointed Anno Borkowsky to the Board of Management of the specialty chemicals company. At the same time, the structure of the Specialty Additives segment will change as of 1 June 2019 and will then comprise three business units instead of two.

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King’s School Macclesfield, guided by Opus, have won the prestigious UK Engineering Development Trust’s National Award for Innovation with a new development for cell structure control for flexible slabstock foam.

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Huntsman Tecnoelastomeri is a leading manufacturer of elastomers systems and casting equipment, has be taking part in the Supplier’s Showcase at the recent 2019 Polyurethane Manufacturers Association (PMA) Annual Meeting (5-7 May, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA).

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