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Hennecke laid the foundation for the development of a polyurethane spray technology in 1998 in order to establish an efficient product range from it in 2004 under the generic term PUR-CSM (Polyurethane Composite Spray Moulding). This product range implements highly flexible plant concepts in several areas of automotive and non-automotive applications. A key area of the CSM product portfolio, the so-called sandwich load floor technology PREG is celebrating a special occasion at the JEC World 2017: the commissioning of the 100th PUR-CSM PREG plant worldwide. With this, another Hennecke customer will be entering the group of companies that promotes lightweight construction in vehicles with the large-scale production of composite products on a paper core basis.

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KraussMaffei's Reaction Process Machinery division has launched a new mould carrier, which is used in polyurethane encapsulation of steering wheels. According to the company, the mould carrier provides high flexibility plus good operability since the clamp has a tilting option that is continuously and individually adjustable.

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Covestro has developed the DirectCoating process which enables the production of polyurethane-coated, injection-moulded components for the automotive interior in just one step.   After production in the injection mould, the plastic substrate is transferred to a second, minimally larger cavity, into which the coating system is injected via a RIM mixing head. This creates a PU-coated component with outstanding properties that requires virtually no post-processing.

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The Chinese Wanhua Chemical Group has announced the formation of the new business division “Performance Chemicals Business Unit”. According to the company, the newly formed division consolidates the previous ADI and Specialty Amines business units to further strengthen its core competencies in the production and marketing of aliphatic isocyanates, speciality amines and other chemicals.

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Chem-Trend announced the acquisition of the release agent business of Rubio Trading & Consulting SRL, its long-time distribution partner in Romania. As part of a planned growth strategy in Eastern Europe, Chem-Trend Romania SRL has been established through the acquisition. Chem-Trend Romania will continue to support the local market in the existing industries of polyurethane and rubber moulding, thermoplastics processing and die casting, and will expand in the future to support the tyre manufacturing market as well, says the company.

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Era Polymers announced that it has joined forces with the South African company Diverse Urethanes (Pty) Ltd. to create Era Polymers (Africa) Pty Ltd., based in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to Era Polymers, the partnership with Diverse Urethanes in creating Era Polymers (Africa) has considerably strengthened both companies’ position in the PU business in Africa. Alf De Vincentiis of Diverse Urethanes and his team will manage the new company. Diverse Urethanes is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of formulated PU systems. Its product portfolio includes PU elastomers, rigid and flexible PU foam systems and PU construction chemicals. Era Polymers is an Australian owned and operated business which has been manufacturing polyurethanes for over 30 years. The company has four manufacturing sites across Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, supported by a dedicated R&D Centre in Sydney.

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FRX Polymers, Inc., a producer of polymeric halogen-free flame retardants, has earned ISO 9001:2015 certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), effective from 6 February 2017. ISO 9001:2015 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a company-wide quality management system (QMS).

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BASF recently inaugurated its new Innovation Campus Asia Pacific, located in Mumbai, India. With a total expected investment of up to EUR 50 million, the projects marks BASF’s largest R+D investment in South Asia. All global research operations at the innovation campus will be housed under BASF Chemicals India Private Limited, a 100 % subsidiary of BASF.

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The Belgian Recticel Group announced that its Insulation division plans to invest in additional production capacity in the UK.

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