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Evonik has inaugurated a new laboratory and innovation facility at its Essen Goldschmidt site in Germany. The 400-square-meter laboratory will enhance the group’s development capabilities for speciality polyurethane additives and processing aids for a variety of PU applications. The focus is on high-growth application areas such as the production of sustainable artificial leather, low emission catalysts for coatings and adhesives, additives for making PU shoe soles more durable and comfortable, and emission optimised release agents for moulded foams and elastomers.

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Azelis announced the opening of a new CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers) laboratory in Istanbul, Turkey. The lab enables the company to accelerate the roll-out of innovative CASE formulations and technical support to its customers in the region, said Azelis.

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Close contour materials significantly reduce the amount of required material, production waste, and time spent on milling and finishing. (Source: Rampf)

Rampf Group, Inc. has presented its new sculpting epoxy Raku EP-2346/EH-2946 at IAAPA 2021 in Orlando, FL, USA, from 16 – 19 November 2021. The hand-modeling paste ensures unprecedented levels of detail and is very easy to sculpt and process, said the company.

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Lanxess produces urethanes and lubricants at its Nantong site, China, which covers over 100,000 m2. (Source: Lanxess)

On 15 November 2021, Lanxess put a new production line for the manufacture of water-based compounds into operation in Nantong, China. The business belongs to the Urethane Systems (URE) business unit which is also producing polyurethane dispersions, an important ingredient of the compounds.

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BASF and Sanyo Chemical Industries Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for strategic collaboration on polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) development on 27 September 2021. The MOU enhances joint development and allows the two companies to leverage on the production networks for PUDs. The two parties said they aim to jointly develop and produce innovative products with strong sustainability contribution. Newly developed technologies and products will have worldwide market access through the two companies’ global production footprint.

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Shawn Van Dyke is founder of the Built to Build Academy which creates confident construction business owners through business training and coaching programs. (Source: SPFA)

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) announced it has secured Shawn Van Dyke as keynote speaker for the SprayFoam 2022 Convention & Expo to be held February 28 through March 3 in San Antonio, TX, USA. A construction business expert, coach and author, Van Dyke will present All-Star Creator: How Employees and Employers Create a Culture that attracts Top Talent, a session designed to provide attendees with a framework for attracting and creating an all-star team amidst the skilled labor gap. Van Dyke’s keynote will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 08:00am CT at the largest annual U.S. event dedicated to Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF).

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Recticel announced on 18 November that it has entered into a binding agreement to sell its Bedding business line to the Portuguese privately owned Aquinos Group for an enterprise value of EUR 122.4 million. The transaction is expected to be closed in Q1 2022. The Nordic bedding activities will remain with Recticel and be integrated in the Living & Care segment of Recticel Engineered Foams.

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Instead of in March, IKV (Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung in Industrie und Handwerk an der RWTH Aachen) will invite plastics experts from around the world to network personally on 7 - 8 September 2022 in Aachen. The International Symposium on Plastics Technology is also being postponed.

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Accepting for ESCO were President Richard Hungerford, Jr. (holding award) with (l.t.r) Kelo Waivio, Stephen Hoffman, and John Slott. (Source: Everchem)

The Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) recently concluded its fall meeting in Charlotte, NC USA, which spotlighted key regulatory issues and new technical developments. The two-day meeting on 3-4 November was attended by more than 130 executives from foam manufacturers, chemical suppliers, and other companies supporting the industry. This marked a return to a full live-meeting format after COVID-19 restrictions required PFA to cancel past meetings or conduct them primarily online. Attendees saw presentations on key industry issues including supply chain challenges, recycling, regulations, and end-user market forecasting.

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(Source: Covestro)

The rise of circular economy principles has led to a new collaboration between Covestro LLC and the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) and Swanson School of Engineering will house the new Covestro Circular Economy Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

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