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SK Chemicals announced that they will start construction of a new facility for production of bio polyol material called "PO3G" (polyoxytrimethylene ether glycol) in the Ulsan plant within this year. SK Chemicals is according to their own words, the first South Korean company to commercialise new PO3G materials.

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Being the leading trade show of the composites industry, as well as the festival of composites, JEC World brings every year together the whole industry value chain, as well as professionals from application sectors, experts from the scientific and academic world, associations and media from more than 112 countries. But the context does not allow the composite industry to get the event it deserves, which is why the JEC Group has announced their decision to postpone the 2020 edition of JEC World to 12-14 May 2020.

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Huntsman has completed the acquisition of Icynene-Lapolla, the North American manufacturer and distributor of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation systems for residential and commercial applications. Huntsman acquired the business from an affiliate of FFL Partners, LLC, for USD 353 million.

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The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, has announced the winners of the 15th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards. Winners of the industry awards program highlight some of the most noteworthy 2019 projects completed by contractors in spray polyurethane foam insulation, roofing and specialty applications, as well as in elastomeric coatings. The winners received their accolades at the sold-out awards luncheon held onsite at the recent Sprayfoam Show 2020 Convention & Expo in Pasadena, CA, USA.

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According to a report of the Belarusian telegraph agency BelTA on 7 February 2020, the Pinsk City Executive Committee and an undisclosed Polish investor have signed an agreement of intent to set up an enterprise to make polyurethane foam in the region of Brest Oblast, Belarus.

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(Source: OSV Technologiya)

The Ukrainian company OSV Technologiya is inviting to PU Fest Ukraine 2020, an international business forum for polyurethane professionals. The event will take place from 31 March to 3 April 2020 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, within the framework of the 12th international specialised exhibition Plast Expo UA 2020.

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Targeting the new market needs, Chinaplas 2020 will focus – amongst others –  on medical plastics technology, antibacterial and protective materials. (Source: Adsale)

On 19 February 2020, the Chinaplas show organiser Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. officially announced that this year’s event has been rescheduled to 3 – 6 August 2020 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC), Hongqiao in Shanghai, China. Adsale issued the following statement, which is quoted here in its original wording:

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Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, said 92 % of all non-compliant chemicals in consumer products come from outside the European Union (EU), confirming an "urgent" need for EU member states to "step up" enforcement of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) in imports.

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IAL Consultants announced the publication of fully updated and extended editions of its regional directories of polyurethane systems houses. This complements its ongoing research into the global polyurethanes industry, said the company.

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The chemical company Oxea, part of the Oman Oil Company & Orpic Group, joins eight other companies in a process to create a new, integrated energy company which will trade under the brand name OQ.

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