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BASF's Coatings division, a global supplier of durable and sustainable refinish coatings, is using a broad range of hardeners, including Covestro Desmodur Ultra activators. This allows BASF to upgrade its refinish coatings portfolio to meet higher occupational safety standards on the use of isocyanates. The hardeners contain very low residual amounts of monomeric diisocyanates of less than 0.1 % by weight, setting an entirely new standard in occupational hygiene.

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On 9 September 2021, Huntsman Building Solutions announced a partnership with No-Burn, Incorporated, a speciality chemicals manufacturer and marketer based in the USA, known for its intumescent and fire retardant coatings. The partnership enables Huntsman Building Solutions to provide a selection of No-Burn’s intumescent coatings for purchase by contractor customers throughout the USA. The coatings, No-Burn Plus XD and No-Burn Plus ThB, are both ideal for use with spray polyurethane foam insulation and, effective immediately, are available for sale through Huntsman Building Solutions.

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Mathias Miedreich has been appointed by Umicore’s Supervisory Board to succeed Marc Grynberg as CEO of the group in the fourth quarter of 2021. Marc Grynberg and Mathias Miedreich will work together to ensure an optimal onboarding and a smooth transition of leadership.

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Altair Material Data Center simplifies access to material data and, when combined with Material Test Data Automation, helps reduce material testing. (Source: Altair)

Altair will present its design solutions for the plastics industry at Fakuma 2021, Friedrichshafen, Germany, 12 – 16 October 2021, in Hall B1, stand B1-1225. Highlights at the stand are: design-related simulation for component and tool development, integrative simulation, the Altair Material Data Center, and solutions from the Altair AI portfolio.

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After 19 years of service as CFO and Member of the Group Management Committee, Jean-Pierre Mellen has decided to retire on 31 August 2021.

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On 13 September 2021, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced that Brad Beauchamp, president and CEO of Carpenter Co., will join CPI’s Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is the leadership group for CPI and sets policy and direction for its advocacy, product stewardship and outreach efforts.

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BASF will showcase its solutions for the footwear industry, including sustainable polyurethane systems, TPU and E-TPU, 3D printed moulds, functional coatings, and the comfort of a sneaker for dress shoes at Simac 2021. The international machinery and technology exhibition for shoes is being held in Milan, Italy, from 22 – 24 September 2021. In hall 14, stand G40, visitors will be given insights into sustainable footwear solutions, high performance materials and coating solutions for shoe soles.

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Attendees during a technical session at the 2019 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. (Source: CPI)

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced that the full programme for the upcoming 63rd Polyurethanes Technical Conference, the longest-running polyurethanes conference in North America, is now available. The event schedule – including descriptions, session organisers, moderators, and presentations for each session – can be found here. The conference will take place 5 – 7 October 2021 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, USA.

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(Source: Artkim Fuarcılık Tic. A.Ş)

Artkim Fuarcılık Tic. A.Ş is organising four trade fairs simultaneously this year for the polyurethane, composite, adhesive, and technical foam industries in Turkey. The “7th International Polyurethane Industry Exhibition” Putech Eurasia, the “5th International Composites Raw Materials, Semi-Finished, Final Products and Technologies Exhibition” Eurasian Composites Show, the "Technical Foam Industry and Technologies Exhibition" Foam Eurasia, and the "Adhesives and Bonding Technologies Exhibition" Adhesive & Bonding Eurasia will take place from 25 – 27 November 2021 at the Istanbul Expo Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

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As reported by various German news portals, including Rheinische Post, Handelsblatt and Süddeutsche Zeitung, on 3 September 2021, Covestro plans to cut up to 1,700 jobs worldwide, including more than 900 at its four German sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen, Krefeld and Brunsbüttel, by the end of 2023.

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