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Europur, the European Association of Flexible Polyurethane Foam Blocks Manufacturers, announced that following earlier communications in April and June 2020, and based on continued interviews of its members and experts in the flexible polyurethane foam industry, the situation in Europe’s foam industry to date can be summarised as follows.

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Huntsman Building Solutions, a global supplier of building envelope solutions, is the recipient of a 2020 Gold Innovation Award presented by Home Builder Executive. The award recognises Huntsman Building Solutions in the Spray Foam Insulation category, highlighting its technologies utilised widely by builders to optimise the performance, energy efficiency and comfort of the homes they build.

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The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced CoreTech System Co., Ltd. (Moldex3D) as a Preferred Partner on 1 October 2020. An SPE Preferred Partner is a converter, manufacturer, solutions provider or product distributor that has been recognised by SPE for demonstrated leadership and innovation in the plastics industry. Their products and services are valuable to SPE’s members.

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Mocom Compounds GmbH & Co. KG, a former division of Albis Plastic GmbH and part of the owner-managed Otto Krahn Group, is now operating as an independent company. With the entry into the commercial register, the last formal step of the spin-off of the compounding division has now been completed. This was announced by the company on 19 October 2020. The Otto Krahn Group also includes the plastics distributor Albis, the Krahn Chemie Group and the plastics recycler Wipag.

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According to the German family-owned company Arburg, its Technology Days have been a unique and firmly established event in the international world of plastics since 1999. In 2020, due to the coronavirus and with significant foresight at the time, the company cancelled the event to avoid exposing visitors and employees to risk. The motto of next year’s event will again be “Wir sind da.” (“We are here.”). Arburg announced that it has decided to host next year’s Technology Days in the summer of 2021, from 9 – 12 June 2021, rather than in the spring.

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On 15 October 2020, Huntsman Corporation announced that due to a mechanical failure at a third-party raw material supplier, its MDI facility in Geismar, LA, USA, is experiencing a partial outage which is estimated to last approximately five weeks.

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The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) announced the postponement of The Sprayfoam Show Convention & Expo 2021. Originally scheduled for February 2021, the alliance has moved the annual event to 28 February – 3 March 2022 in San Antonio, TX, USA.

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On 6 October 2020, Faurecia inaugurated its Global Center of Expertise for hydrogen storage systems in the presence of the President of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region Marie-Guite Dufay. Located in Bavans, France, and representing a total investment of EUR 25 million, this center of expertise aims to develop lightweight and cost-competitive hydrogen storage systems to accelerate hydrogen mobility.

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With HEY! TALKS online talk-shows, KraussMaffei will this year provide compact information on novelties in plastics processing. Six half-hour talk rounds will take place from 20 – 22 October 2020. The themes will range from digitalisation in service and production, innovations in injection moulding, extrusion and reaction process machinery, to solutions that promote the circular economy, plastics recycling and recompounding.

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The European Coatings Show (ECS), a leading trade fair of the international coatings industry, has been postponed. Instead of holding ECS 2021 in March next year as planned, Vincentz Network, the organizer of ECS, and NürnbergMesse have rescheduled it for 14 – 16 September 2021 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the associated travel restrictions.

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