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The brand new issue of PU MAGAZINE is out! The editors Dr. Stephanie Waschbüsch and Dr. Christine Rüdiger wish you a lot of fun reading.

We look at the effects the pandemic year 2020 has had on the polyurethanes industry, its suppliers and customers and the conference and fair schedules.

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The flexible foam polyurethane industry has been pummeled not only by Corona this year, but also by shortages of raw materials. We talked with some foam producers about their growing concerns and what they would like to see from raw material producers to reduce the risk of disruption.

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Occupational health and safety has long been an important topic in the PU industry. In the latest issue we report on Tank Farm Assessments (TFA), which have been developed for the polyurethane industry as part of a best-practice program by Isopa. Covestro offers this service to its customers, and we spoke to Thomas Gross (Covestro) and Eroll Shabi from Ventius International about their experiences.

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In this issue we report on Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam study on consumer preference for mattresses with CertiPUR-US-certified foam. Renuva Mattress Recycling Project by Dow First long wind turbine blades that are made entirely of PU (Covestro) Processing additives for polyurethane applications (Repi)

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In this issue we present technical articles on methylal blowing agents by Sendijarevic et al. (Troy Polymers, Inc, Lambiotte, Holland Applied Technologies), development and optimization of rigid foams by Obi et al. (PolyFoam Consulting, Huntsman Corporation), and silicone surfactants by Nadal and Lopez (Concentrol).

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Read about Project Stop, An initiative of the chemical industry to free the seas of plastic waste, and our interview with Craig Halgreen, Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs (Borealis).

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Read about the North American PU market evaluated by industry experts such as Grace Showalter and Jaime Garza (BASF), Alan Robinson and Prameela Susarla (Dow Chemical Company), Christine Bryant and Richard Skorpenske (Covestro), Matt Aldag and Thomas Rosen (Evonik), Jan Buberl and Pavneet Mumick (Huntsman Polyurethane).

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Read about the 62nd CPI Polyurethane Technical Conference that was organized by the Center for the Polyurethane Industry and held in October in sunny Orlando, FL, USA once again highlighted the impact of polyurethanes on the world today. We also report on the recent Foam Expo Europe that took place in Stuttgart and the big K 2019 show organized by Messe Düsseldorf that focused heavily on circular economy.

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In this issue you can inform yourself about the forthcoming K 2019 trade fair in Düsseldorf, where many machine manufacturers, raw materials and additive manufacturers as well as system houses and processors of polyurethanes will exhibit.

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In this new issue you can read about the European flexible PU foam market development, past fairs and conferences such as Europur & Euro-Moulders Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, and the interzum in Cologne, Germany. We also cover the upcoming CPI in Orlando, Florida and the report on K 2019 with its leitmotif Circular Economy.

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