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With their combination of high strength and low weight, composites can be put to diverse uses in a variety of applications and industries, where they can even replace conventional materials such as metal and wood. At the K 2016 plastics trade fair, Covestro has unveiled innovative and sustainable solutions based on fibre-reinforced polyurethanes and polycarbonates.

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Corbion has begun construction on a new 75,000-t/y polylactic acid (PLA) polymerization plant at its site in Rayong, Thailand.

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The Polyurethane Foam Association's (PFA) three-day fall member meeting in November 2016 brought together more than 120 executives from foam manufacturers, chemical suppliers, and other companies supporting the flexible polyurethane foam industry for in-depth discussion of industry issues, including technical advancements, regulatory action, and industry education.

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07. December 2016

PFA elects 2017 officers

The Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) has announced the elected officers for 2017. They include:

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Huntsman Corporation recently inaugurated the Huntsman Campus Shanghai in the Minhang Economic & Technological Development Zone. According to Huntsman, the Campus brings together all of the company’s Shanghai employees in one location, with the objective of significantly boosting collaboration and synergies within the business – which in turn will enhance its innovation performance and service to customers.

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Recticel announced that its Insulation division has entered into a production joint venture with the private Slovenian company Turna d.o.o. by acquiring 50 % of the shares of the latter’s affiliate Turvac d.o.o.

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BASF is increasing the prices of the following products with immediate effect or as existing contracts permit in Europe:

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“Rethinking Plastics” in a sustainable and resource-efficient way is the theme for this year’s 11th  annual 2016 European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin, Germany. DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products will be front and center presenting new data and explaining how bio-based alternative products manufactured from renewable resources can have advanced technical properties and functionality compared to their petroleum-based counterparts.

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With the “Strategy 2021”, the FoamPartner Group based in Wolfhausen, Switzerland, has set itself a new growth strategy. FoamPartner, which has been owned by the international active Conzzeta Group conglomerate since 1980, announced that it has taken up the challenge of the groupwide growth initiative.

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The Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) organized by the Society of Plastic Engineers took place from 23 - 25 May 2016 in Indianapolis, IN, USA, with the attendance of 1,400. In addition to the technical program there was an exhibition with a total of 89 exhibitors. The technical program consisted of 364 lectures with eight of them being tutorials and of ten poster presentations. The lectures took place in 29 sections. The papers on thermoplastic elastomers were organized by Special Interest Group (SIG) 006. A total of ten papers were presented, four in the section titled Thermoplastic Elastomers and six in other sections. Below are summaries of the papers with focus on thermoplastic polyurethanes:

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